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Javier Murcia: Eidos Collection

Forward –
Like so many of Javier Murcia’s colleagues, friends, fans and collectors, I have a great sense of connection to the work of this most unique of artists. The sense of self-belief he brings to each new sculptural medium, his keen and methodical observational abilities, and his ‘can-do’ attitude grant Javier a special place among his peers. If Javier can dream it, he can make it!

An accomplished figurative and portrait sculptor, Javier pushes human anatomy to its ‘outer’ limits while elevating the grace, strength and potential energy of the human form. His work dances on a knife edge, as noble and reverential as it is fervent and impassioned. It is a deft-defying balancing act that Javier has mastered in his own extraordinary way.

Javier could have enjoyed an accomplished career focused on this one area of expertise, but his intensely inquisitive mind and explorer’s spirit compel him to take up new materials, methodologies, ideas, and inspirations, stepping out of predictability and into wondrous new realms of creative endeavour.

The human skull has been one such inspiration for Javier. He is not alone here. For millennia, artists have been fascinated by the iconic object of bone and enamel that exists inside each of our heads. From carefully placed skulls upon ancient funeral piers, to the ornately decorated skulls that Tibetans use to pay tribute to their ancestors, to the haunting chandeliers and decorations of the Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic, right through to Damien Hirst’s For the Love of God and the explosion of contemporary pop art and graphics.

True to form, Javier has mined this rich vein of creative inspiration in his own enthralling way. Firstly, through his Oxidations Series. Here, smaller than life-size skulls have been embellished with the patinas and colourations caused by oxidation. It has been a source of deep fascination for Javier. He has created a veritable spectrum of beautiful works, each as unique as the artist who created them and the collectors who own them.

Secondly, through his most recent works. Here, Javier draws on his diverse and comprehensive repertoire of skills as a fine artist and craft practitioner. It is for the viewer to reflect on whether Javier is eliciting subtle metaphor through his jarring juxtaposition of aesthetic materiality. Form against texture. One colour in rude contrast to its neighbour. Then again, maybe he is simply enjoying wild exploration and experimentation. Either way, it is a study of the human skull in its most arresting and extreme.

In the ensuing exhibition, fortunate guests and potential collectors will discover a veritable richness of object d’art. The curiosity and passion with which Javier journeys through life is in turn embodied in each piece. As an enthusiastic collector of Javier’s work, I am pleased to help introduce this exceptional artist to you.
— Sir Richard Taylor
Co-Director of the Weta Companies
Winner of 4 Academy Awards

Javier Murcia
CULTURE 1
2018, 19th century Point de Venise banquet tablecloth (Venetian needle lace), fiberglass canvas, and Lapis Lazuli pigmented automotive paint, 120 x 40 xx 45 cm.
CULTURE 3
2019, 19th century Chantilly Bobbin lace, electric light paint, fiberglass canvas, and automotive paint, 120 x 40 x 45 cm.
Javier Murcia
CULTURE 2
2019, 19th century Point de Malines Mechlin lace (Flemish lace), fiberglass canvas, and automotive paint, 120 x 40 x 45 cm.
CULTURE 3
2019, 19th century Chantilly Bobbin lace, electric light paint, fiberglass canvas, and automotive paint, 120 x 40 x 45 cm.
Javier Murcia
NATURE 3
2019, Peacock, ostrich, and rooster feathers, fiberglass canvas, and automotive paint, 135 x 40 x 45 cm.
Javier Murcia
NATURE 3
2019, Peacock, ostrich, and rooster feathers, fiberglass canvas, and automotive paint, 135 x 40 x 45 cm.
Javier Murcia
NATURE 1
2018, Calfskin, fiberglass canvas, and automotive paint, 120 x 40 x 45 cm.
Javier Murcia
NATURE 1
2018, Calfskin, fiberglass canvas, and automotive paint, 120 x 40 x 45 cm.
Javier Murcia
FUTURUM 3
2019, Approx. 16,000 nails and screws, fiberglass canvas, and automotive paint, 135 x 40 x 45 cm.
Javier Murcia
FUTURUM 3
2019, Approx. 16,000 nails and screws, fiberglass canvas, and automotive paint, 135 x 40 x 45 cm.