Hugo Fontela “Nowhere Island”

Marlborough (Midtown)

poster for Hugo Fontela “Nowhere Island”
[Image: Hugo Fontela "Nowhere Island V" (2018) mixed media on canvas 39 1/4 x 39 1/4 in.]

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The Directors of Marlborough Gallery present Nowhere Island, featuring recent paintings by the young Spanish artist Hugo Fontela. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition with Marlborough Gallery in New York.

Each of Hugo Fontela’s recent seascapes portrays an island at the center of its composition. These present and mysterious rock formations inhabit a space that is difficult to define. Whether agitated or tranquil, the surrounding sea, like the island itself, is entirely imaginary. In these works, the artist consciously omits the horizon line and allows these islands to exist without a defining sense of scale or geography. Each body of land becomes simultaneously situated and isolated by Fontela’s fragmented seascape.

For this exhibition, the artist will present his most recent paintings in two variations: blue and white. These nocturnal and diurnal works are meditations on a single theme. The austere nature of these compositions permit the artist’s gestures, both bold and minute, to articulate an unrepeatable space that is viscerally felt. By focusing on a single idea, Fontela conveys a command of the medium within each permutation, synthesizing imaginary landscapes that exist only within each work.
Hugo Fontela was born in 1986, in Grado, in the Asturias region of Spain. His work can be found in several collections including the National Library of Spain, Madrid; the Museum of Fine Arts of Asturias, Oviedo, Spain; the Hispanic Society of America, New York; the Museum of Montserrat, Barcelona, Spain; the Princess of Asturias Foundation, Oviedo, Spain; the Julio Gavín Larrés Castle Drawing Museum, Huesca, Spain; the Cervantes Institute; the Museum of Contemporary Spanish Engraving of Marbella, Málaga, Spain; among others. The artist currently lives and works in Madrid.



from March 15, 2018 to April 14, 2018

Opening Reception on 2018-03-15 from 18:00 to 20:00


Hugo Fontela

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