The Creational Process of Rafael Trelles


Rafael Trelles is the kind of artist which clearly thinks outside the box when creating.  His work is complex, chaotic, organized, spontaneous and extremely slow on creation. An oil painting can have a composition of more than 11 layer of paint, with each layer bringing to life a new segment into the composition.
On the following picture we can clearly observe how tedious is the process for the creation of this oil painting which naturally took more than 10 weeks to be consider finished.

At the beginning dabs of oil are apply with a plain old shirt in a randomly order. Then after the canvas has been cover on oil, Trelles analyze where the composition can be started, looking for patterns of faces, trees, birds as part of the foundation in the painting.

Slowly and patiently those random dabs of paint start to bring life into the composition. In other words, the painting stops being a chaotic mess of oil and starts transforming into a organized statement.
Fast forward 4 weeks ahead and you start to see the  birth of color. As gammas of green light start to illuminate the superior aspect of the painting and clearly the monochromatic theme is changing from a stepladder aspect into a syllabus of organic materials composition.

Keeping at a 2x speed fast forward and a  8 week advance into the future we continue experimenting organization plus a secondary degree of complexity being applied to this work of art keeping in mind that everything started as random monochromatic dabs of orange oil painting.

Clearly the spectator after understanding the last couple picture can conclude that the composition has been a positive linear vector to a figurative association into the surreal atmosphere of the work with every brushstroke bringing even more elements to life.

If you look closely at the green vegetation, and the tree trunk, characters begin to reveal themselves, taking the spectator into a surrealistic mystical journey which can take many pages to describe, but I prefer one simple word: Wow!


From a Private Collection Krim-Garcia

Fenix II 2015 Oil Over Wood Panel

By Joey Medrano

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