Beyond Wheels: Antoni Tàpies

Beyond Wheels: Antoni Tàpies

source & photos: fundació antoni tàpies

Our interests go beyond two wheels, so in this section, we’ll present some of our favorite artists and showcase a selection of their work.


Antoni Tàpies. 13 December 1923 – 6 February 2012. Barcelona, Spain.

His first artistic attempts began during a long convalescence following a serious illness, after which his increasing dedication to painting and drawing led him to abandon his university education. By the 1940s, he was already exhibiting work that distinguished him among the artistic scene of the moment. Co-founder of the magazine Dau al Set in 1948 and influenced by Miró and Klee, he became increasingly interested in iconographic and magical subjects. He gradually began to incorporate geometrical elements and color studies, leading to an interest in matter through the use of heavily textured canvases of great expressive and communicative possibilities.

With these works, Tàpies achieved international recognition by the mid-1950s. In the 1960s, he began incorporating new iconographic elements (writing, signs, anthropomorphic elements, footprints, and references to the Catalan situation) and new technical methods (new surfaces, use of everyday objects and varnish). Tàpies’ pictorial language has continued to develop ever since, resulting in a creative and productive body of work that is admired throughout the world.

He has exhibited in many prestigious institutions, and in 1984, Tàpies created the Fundació Antoni Tàpies with the aim of promoting the study and knowledge of contemporary art, paying special attention to art’s role in forming the conscience of modern man.

Selected Works

Below is a selection of some of our favorite paintings and drawings from the artist. To see more, explore his collection.

Dibuix (Drawing). 1948. Charcoal and ink on paper. 32 x 48 cm
La barberia dels maleïts i dels elegits (The Barbershop of the Damned and the Chosen). 1950. Oil on canvas. 97 x 130 cm
Esbós (Sketch). 1958. Pencil and background lithographic on paper. 70 x 100 cm
Admiració-Interrogació III (Exclamation Mark-Question Mark III). 1969. Paint and pencil on tracing paper. 24,5 x 35 cm
Marró amb dos papers laterals (Brown with Two Papers). 1975. Mixed media on wood. 170 x 200 cm
Espiral negra (Black Spiral). 1982. Acrylic paint and India ink on fabric mounted on canvas. 330 x 237 cm
Marró i blanc amb graffiti (Brown and White with Graffiti). 1985. Paint on wood. 275 x 250 cm
Barcelona (Barcelona). 1986. Paint and pencil on corrugated cardboard. 73,5 x 55,5 cm
Petit cartó (Small Cardboard). 1986. Paint, pencil and varnish on cardboard. 30,5 x 21 cm
Banda blanca (White Stripe). 1991. Paint and pencil on synthetic fabric. 149 x 113 cm
Apofàtic (Apophatic). 1991. Paint on synthetic fabric. 359 x 283 cm
Cos (Body). 1991. Paint on synthetic fabric. 81,5 x 148 cm
Petjades (Footprints). 1995. Mixed media and collage on wood. 200 x 200 cm
Cara i dors (Front and Back). 2005. Paint on canvas. 116 x 146,5 cm
Dues cadires. 2009. 250 x 300 cm