12.08.2022 – 01.10.2023
Les Ateliers Courbet presents new work by Mallorcan Artist-Ceramicist Jaume Roig in the artist’s first solo exhibition outside of Spain.
Les Ateliers Courbet is pleased to present new work by artist-ceramicist Jaume Roig now on view in the Chelsea gallery, marking the first time Roig’s work has been exhibited outside of Spain. Roig lives and works in Mallorca, and draws his inspiration from the natural surroundings of Ses Salines, an area in the southern end of the island, where he finds the necessary elements for his work: stones, the telluric landscapes, the faults of the sea, and the neutral colors of the region. Roig’s work has been praised in Spain, with both public and private installations and exhibitions, and Architectural Digest Spain selected him for “Best of España” 2021.
Roig is a second-generation ceramicist who honed his craft while growing up in his mother’s studio.
“Later I began to look for my own path of work,” Roig shares, “which turned out to be quite figurative but it evolved towards a more crude and abstract way of working with clay. I’m not looking for perfection at all, but I do like to find a finish that looks clean within the chaos.”
Roig’s sculptural vessels and site-specific installations are inspired by ancient forms of expression dating back to cave paintings. His nearly 30 years of experimentation have resulted in Roig’s pared down forms with little to no use of ceramicists’ tools or glazing; highlighting the integrity of material and artisanal dexterity consistent throughout Roig’s body of work.
Roig’s vessels have an organic shape and offer an intimate and modern take on the region’s ancestral ceramic tradition, its cultural heritage, and artist legacy. Two large scale paintings by Roig will be on view in the gallery and serve to complement his ceramics, with both paintings and ceramics combining serene, muted colors, sensuous textures, and organic silhouettes.
“I am honored to unveil Jaume’s new pieces and introduce his body of work to the US with his first solo exhibition outside of Spain,” shared Les Ateliers Founder Melanie Courbet. “Like a frozen movement of a dancer, the sensuous shapes of his sculptural vessels evoke the movements seamlessly controlled by the hands of the artist while the ceramics were being turned. Jaume’s organic forms offer an abstract interpretation of Mallorca’s undulating and mountainous landscapes in both their elegant simplicity, their tactile skin and poetic movement. Each piece embodies the meditative and grounding nature of Jaume’s practice.”
The Jaume Roig exhibition is on view at Les Ateliers Courbet, 134 10th Avenue, New York, through January 10, 2023.