All Tied Up
Francisco Santana (1958)
Oil on Canvas
Size (inches): 39.5 (h) x 39.5 (w) inches
Size (cm): 100.3 (h) x 100.3 (w) cm
Born in Valencia in 1958, Francisco graduated from the Superior Fine Arts School in Valencia and immediately became a full time artist. His work is exhibited all over the world.
Francisco Santana’s large scale paintings depict boats moored in shallow waters, which are masterly explorations of tranquillity and reflection that have won him numerous prizes. His skilful manipulation of colour, in particular his use of a wide spectrum of blues, creates a powerful sense of light which is enhanced by his broad and vigorous brushstrokes.
Though the paintings are seemingly of boats, the light and movement in the water is key to their impact and appeal. Although from a close viewing they appear almost abstract and loosely composed, from a distance this diffused softness coalesces into strong linear images.