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Evoking blood and fire

Bernard Aubertin creating his Rojo y Fuego art.
Bernard Aubertin creating his Rojo y Fuego art. / SUR
  • The Magpie International Art Gallery in Marbella is to host an exhibition of paintings by renowned French artist, Bernard Aubertin

The Magpie International Art Gallery in Marbella is to host an exhibition of paintings by renowned French artist, Bernard Aubertin.

Red and Fire is a collection of his intriguing compositions that are characteristically splashed bright red. The artist sought to bring out the depth of the colour, and in turn, what he called the pictorial essence.

The colour red evokes violence, blood and fire, and it also embodies an infinite and anonymous purity. Many of the works consist of abstract compositions with infinite variations created by the spontaneous nature of flame.

Bernard Aubertin was inspired by fellow French artist, Yves Klein. He too worked passionately within the field of monochrome, a style that he adamantly adhered to throughout his career. Aubertin chooses a vibrant red hue just as Klein famously worked in blue.

The exhibition, held in collaboration with the Italian art gallery, Toro Arte Contemporáneo, will begin with a special inauguration at 6pm on Saturday 4 November.

Following the inauguration ceremony, there will be a show by Rebeca Ortega, a flamenco dancer from Seville known for her strong sense of rhythm, expression, elegance and skill executing the purest styles of dance. Tickets for the flamenco show cost 10 euros.

The Rojo y Fuego exhibition can be viewed from Monday to Friday between 10am and 2pm and 4.30pm to 8.30pm, until Tuesday 19 December.

The Magpie Art gallery is situated in the heart of Marbella in the Calle Virgin de Pilar.