Alfredo Arreguin, Revised Edition
Patterns of Dreams and Nature / Disenos, Suenos y Naturaleza, Second Edition
But Arreguin’s paintings, for all the apparent flatness of their surfaces, conceal an astonishing depth of perspective. The basis of their composition is a grid of colorful patterns applied to superimposed planes, and below the surface of each completed painting are many others, transformed by the artist’s strategic occlusions and erasures. The result is an exuberant, phosphorescent visual interplay in which images combine to form other images, yielding a potent narrative power and pointing up the profound, ambiguous symbiosis between human beings and nature, fiction and reality, and the natural and supernatural worlds.
Lauro Flores reveals Alfredo Arreguin as "a genuinely American painter, in the real, hemispheric sense of this term" - an artist of magic, mystery, and revelation whose place in the history of North American art has already been secured.
Twenty-three new paintings are included in the second edition of this highly regarded book first published in 2002.
About the Author
"Among the more unique and innovative contemporary artists of [the Pacific Northwest] is Alfredo Arreguin. Born in 1935 in Michoacan, Mexico, he has spent almost a half century of his life in Washington state. His paintings reflect both experiences and are characterized by distinctive and pervasive patterned backgrounds, elaborate details and images in the patterns, intense colors and figures, objects, and themes that are reflective of the Northwest and Mexico. . . . The text in this handsome volume is in both English and Spanish with numerous beautiful reproductions of his paintings that bear witness to Arreguin’s distinctive talent."—Choice
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