Raúl de la Torre (Barcelona-Catalonia 1964).

Many painters create texture upon their canvases by building layer upon layer of paint; with each layer comes a greater sense of history and dimension within the work. Others using thickening agents to almost sculpt their paint, spreading it thickly upon their work’s surface for a subtle 3D effect. Raul chose a unique route to enrich his acrylic paintings with texture: embroidery.

He paints with acrylic in various blocks of color interacting with one another, evolving a pattern upon the canvas. Sometimes he contains the paint within a clean border, other times I let the blocks of color drip down the canvas or paper. Next, he begins the process of embroidery: he makes horizontal cuts on the canvas or paper and covers these open areas using cotton thread.