Raul de la Torre (b. 1964, Barcelona, Catalonia) first began making razor cuts on canvas nearly two decades ago, shortly after reading an interview with Catalan artist Joan Miró. In the article, Miró famously declared the “assassination of painting,” which consequently inspired Torre’s artistic process. He began creating a series of work involving large cuts on canvas filled with materials such as cardboard, old T-shirts, and paper.
In his more recent work “THREADS AND COLORS–FILS I COLORS,” Raul explores the combination of color and destruction of the canvas’ working surface. In this series, he attempts to find what he describes as the “third dimension” through the use of different materials. Initially he removes paint from the artistic equation by slicing works and combining canvas and paper with select materials. Gradually, the slicing gets more persistent. While he feels the result remains static, he provides more paint for a feeling of “freshness and movement.”
A second part of “FILS I COLORS” is the embroidery element, which creates thick shadows of organic shapes. When combined with light, these shapes offer different views to observers. The interaction between the artist, gravity, and paint is important for the final result. The technique he employs attempts to “eliminate the absolute imprint of the artist's hand.” This permits paint from being the major architect of the final result, giving it a life of its own and resulting in infinite and timeless color combinations. In many cases, the different layers of color represent a temporary state of mind, time, people, and places. “FILS I COLORS” is an attempt to find life, movement, and un-static dimensions, which change with each observer’s interactions. The artist believes it is essential that the disparate color combinations represent different emotions and interpretations for each individual who interacts with Raul’s artwork.