“As the Years Go By,” the new exhibition at Commenoz Gallery, 328 Crandon Boulevard, suite 218-219, explores the different periods in the career of artist Jordi Prat Pons.

When Commenoz Gallery introduced Prat Pons’ paintings to the United States back in 1991, starting with the South Florida art market, they were extremely well received.

In the beginning, his creations had a darker palette that hinted about his Catalan heritage. The pieces showed a Pop Art style, since for many years bottles of wine, liquor and soda; pots; and drinking glasses were the main protagonists.

They are objects we are so familiar with, whether we drink or not, that we never pay attention to them – but once transmuted to the canvas they are full of beauty and we react in a way as if it was the first time we were getting acquainted with them.

After various one-man shows at Commenoz Gallery and Florida art fairs, Prat Pons’ work was shown in New York, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Paris, Barcelona and London.

And, after his many trips to Key Biscayne because of his exhibitions, his color palette changed – the vibrant colors of the tropics were present, lush and bright.

Organizers say Prat Pons’ collage work is impeccable, as he tears the paper in different sizes and aligns them on the floor to get a feeling of the order he has already given to them in his head. He then transfers the pieces of paper and fuses them to the canvas.

After a few days, the surface is ready for him to start painting. Nothing is accidental, the whole composition is very much controlled, nothing is left to chance.

His reconstructions of bottles have been his signature for many years, but since 2005 he has done a series of tributes to the classic artists he so admires, and by appropriating some of their known works, he creates in his unique style a totally new piece that vibrates with color.

When asked to describe his work, he said, “I paint with paper: I tear them, I let them get old, I dirty them, I mix them, and when I arrive to what I want to achieve, I give them their place in the canvas. I give them the importance that I have been looking for.  I love to reproduce what I have around me, near me: bottle caps, cans of soda, bottles, posters…all those objects that we look at every day, and which are a window through which our feelings take a trip to the past. To finish a painting produces in me a sense of release, but at the same time it pushes me to start a new one.”

Prat Pons is always creating, always exploring, always working on a next series to engage and surprise his audience. Residents can meet the artist at a cocktail reception November 16 from 6-9 p.m., and then enjoy exhibition throughout the month.

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