Prudencio Irazabal, a Spanish ex-pat living in New York since 1986, has been evolving his use of paint and color in paintings for over 20 years. His earlier works from the '90s were literally three dimensional, some nearly monochromatic at first glance. Irazabal used layers upon layers of paint in order to create a sense of light coming from within. When viewed from the side, these paintings are quite sculptural since you can see the many different layers of color, but from the front the visual effect alters with the slightest change in lighting conditions. This body of work was generally square in shape and not larger than 48"x48."
By the late '90s Irazabal managed to create the same sense of color beneath color without having to build the surface with paint. The work began to vary in size and used different rectilinear scales. Today the paintings range from full color to those with color surrounding areas of white. Either way, his work remains soothing and pleasing to the eye. It enjoys broad appeal and is owned by collectors, museums, and corporations.
Irazabal's work is in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao; The Progressive Corporation, Cleveland, OH; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI; The Swedish Art Council, Stockholm; Museo de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain; and Kresge Art Museum, Michigan, to name a few. He has received multiple awards in Spain including The Beca de Artes Plasticas in San Sebastian and The Becas de Creacion Artisica in Madrid. His paintings have been shown at major institutions including the Albright-Knox Museum in Buffalo, NY; Pepsico Gallery, Purchase, NY; the Bronz Museum of the Arts; Museo de Bellas Artes, Bilbao; and the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, CT.
Availability of Work
Irazabal makes 25-35 paintings a year, of which about 10-12 are sold in Europe. Generally there are a one or two new paintings available a month. Recently a majority of his paintings have been small to medium in size (48x60 and smaller) but he does work as large as 10' wide on occassion.
Small paintings (30"x30") are still priced reasonably at $10,000. Medium sizes are $15-$25,000 and the larger pieces (as big as 10 feet wide) can approach $40,000.