The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
Humans are creatures of habit and routine. We often miss seeing the average, everyday things that surround us. When we do think outside of our routines, we often think about things we aspire to have and not the things that we do have.
Gratitude implies a subtle awareness and appreciation of our precious existence.
When we appreciate the things that art points out to us we are kinder to ourselves and to others. It is small, but those daily errands of daily life help us to reflect the quality of essential, personal, community and social values.
Reynier Llanes, a recognized artist for displaying his culture, heritage and educational background in his artworks, has recently opened his new work “MARBLE TRACE”, which explains his experience of agrarian life that provided him a sense of s opportunity to unobtrusively observe daily functions of others as we all work, love, and belonging.
The quality of his paintings is a result of his participation in important exhibitions where he gained numerous prizes, nominations and fame across the country and internationally. His work is appreciated through his drawings, oil paintings, watercolours and his unique coffee paintings on paper.
Llanes has chosen Northwestern State University of Louisiana to host his first solo exhibition of oil painting workshop/lecture. The exhibition’s goal is to be open to the community of Natchitoches. The participation of students of all ages and their community is fundamental in order to have them exposed to art and the creation of it.
This exhibition, will involve a great social/ cultural experience to Northwestern State University and its community. The show will have on display around 25 paintings which includes Llanes’ studies showing cultural heritage, family values, and spirituality.
All the finished works in this series have grown out of numerous sketches and preliminary works in various mediums on paper. Given his academic training, he uses live models as well as plain air techniques to provide a realist base to his explorations of a mythical.
Conceptually, the works have focused increasingly on the dynamics of narrative and the forging of fables and allegories. The intrinsically theatrical compositions have enabled Llanes to witness how new links and symbols have arisen to describe the essence of his work.
“I am drawn to rural environments that afford a sense of s opportunity to unobtrusively observe daily functions of others as we all work, love, and belonging. Agrarian life allows me to experience how we work in harmony with the mysterious and changing fabric of nature. It is the small, but critical tasks of daily life that I find it stimulating and reflective of the quality of essential, personal, community and social values.”– LLanes says
In 201 1 Llanes was awarded a “first purchase award” for a work now in the art collection of the city of Charleston, South Carolina. His art is on permanent exhibition in the museum collection of, FL Denver Art Museum – Denver, CO. He is also in the collection of the Snite Museum of Art in South Bend, Indiana and the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, The Polk Museum of Art, FL; and others.
The meaning of life, at its simplest? Celebrate it. Llanes’s work documented the essence of celebration very well.
Taking your time to mindfully observe artwork can be of true value to your emotional well-being. In viewing art, our perceptions change and grow, leading to growth and change in ourselves. And helps us to become more aware and grateful.
In viewing art, our perceptions change and grow, leading to growth and change in ourselves. And helps us to become more aware and grateful.