Epifanio Irizarry The Water Colorist

 

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History and Art most of the time go hand to hand. Irizarry was no exception to this rule he was  an excellent painter as he  also knew how to document through art  the traditions and folklore of Puerto Rico for future generations. Veleros, Bomba, Flamboyan, and Peleas de Gallos are very common theme that Irizarry integrated on to his painting, while expressing a slight touch of a impressionist technique into all of his work which to me is a major plus because almost no Puerto Rican artist ever tried to master such complicated movement as the impressionist technique which he had a very good mastering.

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Oleaje 10.5 x 21.5 Oil on Wood

Watercolor painting has the reputation of being quite demanding. The accomplished watercolorist learns to take advantage of the unexpected results of the medium. As practiced by most of its greatest masters, spontaneity is everything and Irizarry was a GENIUS when it came to this technique most of his work where watercolor painting which to me I have always consider him a watercolor artist. Like his teacher Miguel Pou, he devoted much of his life to artistic creation. He had  a preference for dark colors and theme neutralized that  belong to the impresionist movement but it was more exclusive for his oil painting but when we talked about watercolor, oh boy!!! did we see color and the next photo are great example of his most common works.

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Veleros Water Color 22 by 30

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