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Guillermo Fornes’ Alexandria Library at CROSSROADS

Painter Guillermo Fornes will be displaying his latest project: Alexandria Library at the Crossroads Art Show, the new London international art fair.


Painter Guillermo Fornes will be displaying his latest project: Alexandria Library at the Crossroads Art Show, the new London international art fair.


London is artier than ever but always has room for more. From the 6th to the 9th October, the new international art show CROSSROADS will be displaying the best contemporary art from the Americas and Europe. Amongst the artists that will be showing their works, SEEN recommends that you check out Spanish painter Guillermo Fornes’ latest project, Alexandria Library.


Our world has become global, but borders have never been more difficult to cross. However, the world itself is inherently migrant. The art world inevitably follows this pattern: artists, critics and curators are all migrants by nature, but the collectors and public are, too. London, where multiculturalism thrives and is valued, is the ideal setting for CROSSROADS Art Show. The venue couldn’t be more symbolic: The Old Truman Brewery, in east London, where thousands of immigrants first settled in this cosmopolitan city, just a few minutes away from Shoreditch, Spitalfields Market and the Whitechapel Gallery. It’s the perfect chance to participate in a journey through works by emerging and established artists like Guillermo Fornes, from leading galleries in the Americas and Europe, such as Trama, from Barcelona.


Approximately fifty galleries will be showing their latest and most interesting contemporary art by established and emerging artists from a multitude of cultural backgrounds. Trama Gallery, from Barcelona, now stands as one of the most consolidated galleries in the art world, and will be participating in CROSSROADS with one of the most interesting painters in the Spanish contemporary art scene: Guillermo Fornes.


Guillermo exemplifies the cross-cultural spirit of this show and encapsulates the concepts of the avant-garde, innovation, ambition, courage and creativity in each painting through the emotions they evoke. Born in Bilbao, he studied psychology at the Complutense University in Madrid and moved to London in 1991, where he graduated in Fine Arts at London’s Kings College Faculty of Arts. After residing in the city for years, he embarked on his life’s journey, in search of new techniques of printing, etching and sources of inspiration that took him to India, Japan, Cambodia, Indonesia… With all the information gathered during his travels across the world, he returned to his Spanish roots to continue developing his work. Now he lives and works in Spain, sharing his time between his studios in Madrid and Ibiza, keeping in touch with his origins through collaborations in the organisation of temporary art exhibitions at the Guggenheim Bilbao, and working at the Bilbao Art Foundation.


Forne’s aesthetic principle is symbolically charged, defined by a synthetic approach, with the expressive strength of the emotion as a catalyser. This particular visual language transmits the solidity and honesty that characterises his career and life, full of heart-to-heart frankness, created to awaken and to transmit deep personal feelings. In short, his work is midway from the origins of art to modernity, in a way that will give you not only the aesthetic pleasure of contemplating an artwork, but also, and more importantly, a way to connect with a more compromised process of great impact and meaning.


This won’t be the first time Guillermo Fornes shows his work in London. If you missed him at London’s PINTA Art Fair, take this opportunity to contemplate Fornes’ perfectly balanced synthetic art, strongly charged with a deep, profound and cross-cultural message.

Crossroads Art Show
The Old Truman Brewery
Elys Yard,
15 Hanbury Street,
London E1 6QR

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