Bodies and flowers
Single, limited edition of 2,998 numbered copies, individually signed by the author.
THE PRODUCTION PROCESS
When we think of Spanish realism, there is one name that immediately springs to mind: Antonio López García, one of the most important contemporary artists in the history of Spanish art.
Artika is presenting Bodies and flowers, the first and only artist’s book on the great painter, in a limited edition of 2,998 numbered copies, all individually signed by the artist himself.
This is a large-format Art Book, in a bilingual edition (Spanish-English), which features his most emblematic works, from his earliest endeavours to his most recent pieces: paintings, sketches, works in progress and sculptures, all reproduced in actual size or in detailed images.
The high quality of printing in the book allows readers to enjoy various details that are characteristic of the work of Antonio López, such as the superimposition of other materials as part of the studies the painter carries out during his creative process, which is sometimes endless.
The painstaking work involved in the publishing of this volume includes a text written for the occasion by Rafael Argullol, Professor of Aesthetics at Barcelona’s Pompeu Fabra University, a dialogue between Antonio López and Julio Vaquero, one of the contemporary artists who best knows and most admires the work of the painter from La Mancha, and finally, a piece written by Antonio López himself in which he reveals his feelings as an artist.
The front cover features a detail from his oil painting Espaldas (1965), while the back cover shows another detail from the famous work Adrián y Miriam (2014). The cover design represents a nod by the artist to the passing of time, in what is an allusion to the past and the present of his art. A unique edition in which Antonio López has participated in all the processes of creating and designing the book.
Bodies and flowers also includes an item of great artistic value that reveals to us the most private side of his painting: a limited, numbered edition of a giclée plate of his painting Rosas de Ávila. This plate, which was selected personally by Antonio López, can also be displayed as a separate piece.
The Art Book and the giclée plate are presented in a spectacular case, which features a detail from one of the sketches the artist made for his sculpture La mujer de Coslada. The case has been made using entirely manual processes. The specialist woodworkers produced the piece by working painstakingly on each detail. A spectacular work of art, with infinite possibilities that are revealed by combining the image on the glass cover of the case with the covers of the book.
The limited edition of Bodies and flowers takes us on an enchanting journey, featuring human figures and flowers, through the life and work of one of the best-known, most highly-prized painters and sculptors in the world of Spanish art.
THE PRODUCTION PROCESS
The pages have been printed on high-quality, 200 g paper to capture all the details of the different materials that the artist uses in his creative process.
Printing specialists analyse, adjust and correct the colour tests. The pages are checked, one by one, and discarded if they do not reach the required standard.
Owing to the size of the volume, the sheets of the Art Book have been hand-sewn using high-quality cotton thread.
Printed on four-ink canvas fabric, the front cover features a fragment of the painting Espaldas (1964-1965) while on the back cover there is a view of Adrián y Miriam (2014-2015).
After it has been printed, and bearing in mind the intensity, tonality and colours of the original paintings, the cover is cut to book size for binding.
Once the body of the book has been put assembled with the fly leaves, the covers are affixed using special glue. This painstaking process is carried out completely manually.
The spine is hand-worked to achieve the rounded effect that can be seen on the book after binding, and which also features the artist’s name.
This limited, numbered edition, which also features the stamp that guarantees the printing quality of the giclée technique, includes the artist’s signature, and is presented in a protective diptych.
The specialist cabinetmakers cut each of the maple wood pieces separately, and then join them together to form the two sections that comprise the case.
After the case has been checked to make sure that the two sections fit together properly, a piece is fitted onto the back with a hinge, and which can be used to prop up the case.
To give it a distinguished, spectacular touch, the maple wood case is painted in grey, a tone personally chosen by Antonio López.