As the Mayor of Girona, I had the opportunity to welcome the work “El Claustre i Jordi Jubany”, the book of an exhibition that meant both the celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the gallery El Claustre –so involved in the cultural dinamization of Girona’s region- and the enhancement of a great pictorial talent in our country. Now again I face the work of a still young Jordi Jubany, who is increasingly turning into an artistic and reference value, but with the illusion and paintbrushes ready to never stop surprising and moving us. This is because this last feature is directly linked with the artistic experience, whatever form of expression it takes –literary, musical or pictorial, among others. However, this experience that is born out of an individuality and that is appreciated and lived in a very personal way, cannot be uprooted from the society and culture that have served as the foundation and base of the painter’s formation and the concretion pf his artistic career: the referents still remain there even if the artists decide to walk away from them. It has been said and repeated that language and culture are the main identity features of Catalunya, which distinguish and, in the end, socially cohesion us. That is why, personally and institutionally, it is necessary to recognize on the one hand the galleries’ task of giving the opportunity to make new artists known and raising them up, and on the other hand, the powerful work of Jordi Jubany that goes beyond the landscape to bring us to a further place that the look understands, but that the speech is barely able to articulate.
Landscape is everything we see through the window. The window, in the present case, is the blank canvas, which will get contaminated or oxygenated with colour and compositional intensity, by the stroke of Jordi Jubany, whose vocation is painting. The stroke of an enriched look by a trip, mostly initiatory and imitating the plen air painters from the early last century, which has taken place throughout an intensive period of time in the region of Girona. Thanks to this tour and to the momentum of a family and cultural Catalan firm –El Claustre- has achieved complex machinery called book. Thus, we are faced with a trip throughout a window that breathes nature. Landscape is everything we see through the window is also a simple and evocative saying which I am not ashamed of having borrowed –deliberately- from a delightful video divulgated by Observatori del Paisatge de Catalunya, a worldwide-recognized institution which was founded in 2005 in our country –after the passing of Landscape Law. Talking about Observatori also means talking about the binomial between art (culture) and nature. And this institution, I repeat, becomes crucial in a foundational moment like the current one, because it reflects civility and provides links between innovation, creativity and preservation of our natural ecosystem. It becomes crucial for the understanding and appraisal of concepts like nature, sustainability, preservation, landscape, art, geography, or natural heritage. A list of concepts that are a source of inspiration for painters, poets, musicians, geographers, scientists, or that simply improve people’s quality of life. Thinking about landscape –artist Perejaume does not like the term, he prefers Earth- and landscaping also means talking about cultural landscapes, a new concept that broadens our horizons and breaks the limits. Nevertheless, landscape incessantly continues its transformation, which is followed by the cultural story from different perspectives. However, it often changes so much that we are not able to recognize it, and people do not consider it as their own one quite often too. Therefore, the quality of the landscape becomes crucial in any type of civilized society. Jubany, in this case, makes an idealized recreation of it, from a past time. And he does so with a melancholy that would like to return to the preterit, to bring forth a touch of humanity that the brick and tar have excessively tensioned. Other artists do not idealize it, but they state the ambiguities in the management process or, directly, highlight the incomprehensible aggressions that we humans are submitted to. All paths are legitimate, depending on the aim that they seek. It is clear, thus, that landscape is a common asset, and different looks can enrich, transform or spread it. Art and culture are excellent mechanisms to achieve it.
The art gallery El Claustre has successfully completed a challenge with the publication of this book “Les terres de Girona” that you are now handling. There is no doubt that it was a big challenge to achieve the set aim to collect in one publication the diversity, quality and beauty of the villages and landscapes in the region of Girona. A challenge that was conferred to the inspiration of the painter Jordi Jubany, the material author of this achievement, who has relied upon El Claustre’s trust since the moment the gallery adopted him – if I may say- in its line of discovering new artists and giving them an opportunity. In 2012 we could also enjoy the artist’s vision of Europe that El Claustre collected in a book and exhibition. Four years later it repeats the same experience, but this time exclusively focused on the region of Girona. Jordi Jubany says that when he paints, he likes to be in contact with himself so that it is easier that his artwork expresses the emotion that he feels when he creates it. Not only do his paintings reflect this emotion that he talks about, but also the attraction that he feels for our land, which we all share. Time has confirmed that that autodidact young artist has consolidated without losing the authenticity which has characterized him from the very start.
How do we identify the artistic quality of a painter? When the critics unanimously praise his or her work? When he or she exposes worldwide? When he or she sells everything that is exposed? It seems that none of these questions lead to the right answer. What if it was as easy as placing the quality threshold on the effect that the artwork has upon the audience when it is observed; valuing the artist in the precise measure of the waves of satisfaction and emotion that causes upon the observer, according to the capacity of being moved, of joining the memories of one (the artist) and the other (the audience) with no need of having shared the same moment? It is this capacity of shocking who is wandering in an art gallery what makes the artists exceptional, those who are placed above the average, above all the rest. Jordi Jubany, born in Mataró in 1970 –we could say from Girona by adoption- has this gift. His paintings exude a strong personality and own style that have made his work difficult to catalogue, even though he is close to Impresionists. He is a restless person, traveller and vital, who achieves artistic maturity showing once more his capacity of dominating light and colour, of playing with transparencies and contrasts, of making himself and others excited. This book in your hands, Les terres de Girona, is a good collection of landscapes and urban corners that have linked Jubany with our local region. Fortunately, people from Girona like me have had the opportunity to contemplate in detail his artwork in different occasions in the art gallery El Claustre, a space of reference and prestige in the Catalan art world, whom Jubany has a strong artistic link with. Jubany shines once again in these pages, demonstrating that we must count him among the own names of important landscape tradition in the region of Girona. And with him our land shines too. Jubany shows us one more time, with his capacity of transmitting humanity in the spaces that he paints, that we are double privileged: for our condition of people from Catalunya and Girona.
The artistic creation has the value of giving us a different and unique vision of the world that surrounds us. The particular view of every single creator gives shades to our environment that often surprise is, and that let us think about that space and our relationship with it. El Claustre and Jordi Jubany are an illustrative pair in this sense. The relationship between them two was already leading in the celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the gallery, and now returns stronger than ever thanks to this book and its consequent exhibition, which in this occasions embraces Girona’s lands. The way in which Jubany represents the landscapes, playing with the chromatism to make the streets, corners or monuments shine as we would have never imagined, make this book and exhibition a constant rediscovery of our territory. The Institutions like us must make sure that all this talent shines and has its own path. From Girona’s City Hall we are making a strong commitment with culture in a double way: firstly, boosting the culture as a tool for personal growth, to make a more formed, free and mature society; and secondly, transforming it into an economic motor that helps to the city’s progress. With all these aims, we have already consolidated several initiatives in the art field. Now we are bound to take another step and offer more tools to artists so that the artistic creation fins it easy to grow and develop. In accordance with these policies, it is essential that the administrations do not walk alone. For this project to be a success, it is necessary that the private sector strengthens a tissue with the artistic creation and cultural world. All the involved actors must play their own role in the best way they can. That is why I want to make a special mention to the gallery El Claustre, that has always believed in new talent and has provided room for it, as well as public repercussion. It has helped young values to consolidate an artistic path and also a space where to sell their art works. As said, the pair Claustre-Jubany is illustrative. Not only in the boost of artistic creation in our home town, but also in generating this necessary market for the professionalization of culture. From my position, I wish the maximum success to both of them.
El Claustre is the referential art gallery for a broad public in our local region and all over Catalunya. For thirty years, with an exquisite taste and profound knowledge of the art world, the managers of El Claustre have been able to discover the talent wherever it blunted, with the offering of accurate selections of artists and artworks, always ensuring the connection and dialogue paths between the artist and the eager audience willing to enjoy new proposals. Jordi Jubany’s painting is an exercise of creative sincerity. Jubany is a young artist that, immersing himself in the spirit of the landscapes that inspire him, achieves the balance between the outburst of colour and the architectonical linearity of avenues, squares, streets and buildings, preserving in absolute balance the harmony of spaces. A painter that has been formed in the job practice, and that, stepping out of stereotypes, has gained own voice in the field of art creation. It is a pleasure for me to be able to prologue a book that is the collection of Jubany’s recent work because his paintings seduced me from the very first moment I discovered them, from the first careful observation. And it is an extra pleasure that the book I prologue is Terres de Girona, a collection of lovely and shocking colourist images of our country, presented with the strength and kindness that Jubany knows how to transmit us. Savouring these paintings, I dare to highlight that Jubany presents a rich and complex masterpiece, with the precise fanfare so that it becomes both placid and entertaining. An overwhelming combination, in which recognising the spaces and sceneries that are recreated leads to an immediate complicity with the painter. Congratulations for this magnificent pictorial proposal which I hope that everyone enjoys with the same intensity as me.
First of all, I would like to congratulate the Mascort family for their job spreading art, potentiating emerging artists and consolidating the consecrated ones. Thus, whenever they have asked me to, it has been a pleasure contributing with a grain of sand to support the labor of Galeria El Claustre. Evidently, the following congratulation is for the artist, Jordi Jubany, who both Miquel and Marià Mascort are fervent admirers of. As a “providential meeting” we could define the day when Marià Mascort and Jordi Jubany intercrossed their life paths. From this moment on, a continued relationship started between the artist and Galeria El Claustre, which is materialized today in the second monographic publication devoted to his artwork. Jordi Jubany debuted professionally in Galeria El Claustre of Girona more than one decade ago. The exhibition coincided with the 30 years of existence of the gallery, and was accompanied by a complete catalogue. More than interesting are the thoughts of M. Mascort in relation to their philosophy towards sponsorship: “One of the compromises of an art gallery is incorporating new painters and sculptors, who can either be already known figures or others who have support because they have enough quality to exhibit their work in public and in turn enter the exhibitions circuit […].” And he continues saying that “The first glance at Jordi Jubany’s work was dazzling… the paintings were treated with an offbeat personality and it showed us that we were in front of a distinguished figure in the painting world […] as an artist who knows how to transmit his inspiration to the viewer and who has the power to move when contemplating the beauty of his work…” Indeed, when one comes close to his work, it is obvious that the executor is a restless character, who loves nature and art, is a traveler and, above all, lively; with liveliness that keeps growing as he matures. If we know some of the canvasses of the earliest years and we compare them to the ones that appear in the present catalogue, an evolution can be evidenced, not only in the technical and colorist aspect, but also in the formal one, even though the used themes are similar: landscapes and urban nooks. As we had the occasion of seeing in former exhibitions, he is a great enthusiast of Venice, Rome or Florence, Paris, or Saint Petersburg and Moscow, cities with art and shocking architecture that do not leave one still. Today, the artist proposes us an artistic walk through different regions of Girona: ones by the sea –which have a touristic preference because they maintain their personality-, such as Port-lligat, Calella de Palafrugell or El Port de la Selva; others respond to mountain natural landscapes; others are part of distinguished architectonical places like porticoed squares or the walls around Torroella de Montgrí, and the emblematic nooks of the capital and Alt Empordà cannot be missing. In the technique and color, the evolution changes of the artist are present. Regarding technique, Jubany has reached a point in which he can establish a game with the viewer thanks to the alternate use of the palette and the paintbrushes; to the studied mixes of pictorial materials and the adequate increase of diluents, he presents light and fluid oils –even with drips- that transport us to the watercolor technique. Shapes, water, architectonical volumes, sculptures, are insinuated but perfectly recognizable. All of this done with fast moves that exteriorize the spontaneity and energy that he transmits. Moreover, he has achieved a great control in the treatment of light and color. So much so that the wide range of delicate colors and the superposition of colors provide us a game of transparencies and contrasts that situate us in that precise moment of the day; also, the canvasses exude the seasoning and meteorology that the artist wants to transmit us. In this occasion, most of the artworks are treated with a wide graduation of a sane chromatic range: garnets for Pujada del Seminari, for the boats or for the interior of the gothic church, or greens for Vall de Núria or for the fishing boats of the Banyoles Lake. Present, too, are the contrapositions of warm colors like pinks and greens in Camprodon, yellows and oranges vs. grays and blacks in Girona or the combination of whites, gray blues and blacks in different seaside places. In short, Jubany offers us a series of prints from Girona that will surely captivate all of his followers. The warmest congratulations to the artist and to Galeria El Claustre!
Painting is done like poetry, ut picture poesis, said the Latin poet Horace, in his poetry art. Then he added that some painting –or poetry- will captivate you more, if you are closer to it, while other may seduce you if you look at it from a little further. Horace considers that there is painting –or poetry- that likes itself in twilight, while other prefers to be seen in daylight because is not afraid of the eloquent acuity of the critics: thus, the former satisfies once –he says- while the latter satisfies even if you look ten times at it. Girona’s lands are fertile in pictorial and literary representations. Writers and painters have set the bright plains of l’Empordà, the rugged rocky areas of Costa Brava and the austere stones of the city of Girona, with the word or with the paintbrushes. The territorial representation ends up spelling a collective imaginary and giving entity to places and people. After reading Joan Maragall’s poem about Fageda d’en Jordà or contemplating Santiago Rusiñol’s painting of Girona’s gardens, or after being challenged by the texts that Mercè Rodoreda wrote about Romanyà de la Selva, we get closer in a different way to these natural sanctuaries, to these urban spaces. This is because painting, as literature, has the capacity of giving spiritual transcendence to landscape. Land pulls. Or as Maria Àngels Anglada said, “landscape draws the eye”. And this creative look transfigures the landscape. Jordi Jubany knows that, prior to him, plenty of good artists like Santiago Rusiñol, Prudenci Bertrana, Mela Muter or Enric Marquès, set the city of Girona, to focus in one place. Jubany knows the pictorial references of a Girona that has loved the palette of many painters, that has permitted the caress of their paintbrushes and that, in return, has conceded masterpieces. We all keep some in our retina. The essence and soul of the place is eternized. Also, every hour of the day and every corner of the city has revealed its secret to Jordi Jubany. And he has been able to recognize it, and has kept the instant and the soul of it. Of Girona and of other places. Only if one carefully and in love observes reality, the world that surrounds us, it is possible to create paintings like Jubany’s. The selection of themes and particular framing of Jordi Jubany shuns the conventions. I mean that in his paintings of Girona, for instance, he only lets us see a part of Sant Martí’s church, or exposes Pont de Pedra alone, without the pointing bit of Sant Feliu or the Cathedral’s bell tower. Jordi Jubany’s eye cuts here and there, to then construct the landscape, slowly and as he wants. Besides, there is the technique, ars, and the talent, ingenium. Jordi Jubany has a personal and secure technique, with plenty of work behind it. He controls the geometric lines of space, the volumetric capacity of the set, the internal colors of places, the essence of landscapes or cities. Certainly, Jordi Jubany’s paintings keep captivating us, repeatedly seen in daylight.
I often wander around the popular drawing fairs that take place all over the country, and I do it because it is part of my job and, on top of that, I like to do so. It is a pleasure to be able to enjoy a pure artwork, without artifices or formalities, still with no influences. It is a pleasure to see how, when you talk about a painting that you liked to a young man or a girl, their eyes shine and they show and talk about it, halfway between illusion and fear of seeing their work recognized or not, as if they were waiting for a judgment of the viewer. However –why not mentioning it- I also wander around this fairs with the secret intention and hope of finding still unknown artists, young and talented, to support them so that they can build their own path in the art world, and that, throughout the years –when they achieve prestige and a renowned name- I can have the intimate satisfaction of knowing that I was not wrong, being able to say “I found him or her.” This, all of this, happened to me 7 years ago… I do not remember the exact day or all the details of that meeting, and actually I don’t need to. Maybe I do not recall it because some years have gone by, but I believe that on that day, only one thing stayed in my mind, and that was the first time I saw a painting –specifically a watercolor- of Jordi Jubany. What happened the rest of the day got diluted. Since I was not in Girona, he didn’t know me and he was not aware that I was the Director of the art gallery EL CLAUSTRE, and so when I became interested in his work, he showed himself just as he is: transparent, frank, simple. He didn’t try to convince me to open the gallery doors for him, he didn’t talk about himself, only about his work, and he did it with a few but direct words. And when I asked him why he painted like that, he answered –with no hesitation-: “because I like it”, he couldn’t say more with less. Actually, he did not even try to sell me his watercolor. When I asked him to comment the artwork a little, he –very politelyanswered that the work was already done, and that his explanations would not be the ones that would make me like it. Now it was the artwork, and only itself, the one that needed to convince me. Suddenly I realized that I was not in front of a painter, but of an artist with an enormous potential, and that the only thing that remained was to implement that talent that he had and has. In that same place, we shake hands, and I invited him to dismantle the stall in the fair, and I told him that I would be waiting for him in the Gallery, with a proposal of an artistic project for his work, and that he needed to trust us. He did not hesitate at all, and the two of us cleared everything while the painters nearby looked surprised at us, and we both left on our own ways, hoping to see each other very soon. In fact, after a few hours, while I was driving home, I realized that I had a problem, because I didn’t even know the name or the location of that painter. I had not asked him, but I was sure that we would see each other soon again. We had shaken hands and I believed that it was sufficient with that. So it was. Jordi was young, very young, but had it all, an innate gift for arts (one day we will talk about the sculptor Jordi), a good academic formation, and a lot of enthusiasm to start working, and very, very keen on continue learning. We were not disappointed at all. Now that he has a consolidated name, he says that Galeria El Claustre has helped him in this path, and I like to think that it has been likewise, but I even like more the fact that we are requited and honored with his art and his friendship. I only regret one thing, which is that I never bought that first watercolor that impressed me so much, in fact neither he nor I have been able to recall which one it was. I even ended up thinking that it may have never existed, and that of all those watercolors and oils that I saw that first day, I took a piece of each and I ended up making my own painting. However, if so, I do not mind, because in any case it would always be a JORDI JUBANY.
“El Claustre from Girona celebrates its thirtieth anniversary. The art gallery, which was opened by Mascort family in the carrer Nou in Girona,
has given encouragement for thirty years to the artistic and cultural activity of the city, to the painters and sculptors who have exhibited and to members and collectors who have acquired works. They have done this with no failure, with the convincement that, despite the troubles they have definitely found along the way, the initial project had to succeed in a prosperous reality of which we have all been and are privileged witnesses. I would dare to say that the key of success has been their great self-confidence. Further than the resources they have used, the successful program of exhibitions, their growing professionalism and the complicity of an extensive network of art critics and collaborators, the Mascort family has firmly believed
in what was doing and has created an image of unique brand, unmistakably related to the name of the city.
El Claustre from Girona has thus become a point of undisputed reference and prestige in the catalan artistic panorama, a showcase launching new values, new generations of artists ready to take over and to obtain the artistic recognition they deserve.
Of this will of projection to the future, we have a good example with the monographic exhibition of the painter Jubany, with which the gallery has wanted to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of its foundation. I am aware of the bet El Claustre does for Jubany’s work and, as well, the brilliant professional path that the painter has had until the present moment.
It only remains from me to wish the luck that this pairing deserves, and that El Claustre continues writing, from Girona and with the same success, new pages of the artistic creation of our country.
“What results really interesting is that he advances steadily and paints full of consciousness,
completely sure of the fact that with the representations of the things he sees, he gets to capture a real sense of humanity.
Jordi Jubany makes a call that leads to the future which, either way, must arrive, and has to find us with sufficient background (both spiritual and moral, as well as artistic) in order to be able to assimilate the changes. Those changes will be mainly spiritual, rather than environmental; and, moreover, we will need to have clear consciousness of who we are, so that the winds (perhaps full) of the beneficial rinse that glimpses, don’t take the essences of what’s fundamental. And this will be achieved by those who love art and feel it as an example of virtuous life, with artworks that come both from passed times and current, like Jordi Jubany’s ones. Let’s observe them attentively, and we will notice what they show us and how they make us company.”
“In front of Jordi Jubany’s pictorial work, the oratory becomes unnecessary, due to the fact that trying to express by words what has been painted with the brush, would be arrogantly narcissist, rather than recognising the mastery of the painter. Precisely, we can prove how the work of Jordi Jubany, inspired in homely and protective cities like Florence, Roma, Venice, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid and our beloved Girona, transmits us the essence and soul of such cities, ordering in the best way possible, thoughts, shapes and colours.
I have enjoyed contemplating and imagining Jubany’s work, a young painter full of talent, illusion and future, thanks to its creation, profession and magic, that shares through his paintings. I say “his paintings”, but I’d better say “already our paintings”.
I desire you enjoy admiring the painter’s work, which will for sure help us trusting on his future.
I wish that the Right to Culture and the Right to enjoy arts – like painting – was more expanded amongst the citizenship. Please allow me end up by giving an advice to Jordi, with words from the wise Seneca: Jordi, go further in your way full of illusion and confidence, and position yourself over the praises and critics. Put in the same pack both the compliments and the critics. Go on with humility and dedication. I think that you present is already outlining a splendid future.”
“It is a pleasure to write the prologue of an exhibition’s book of a young artist like Jordi Jubany, as for what this represents of courage, drive, initiative and enthusiasm.
n artist who wants to stand by his spontaneity and, he says, seeks to provide a real work, related to life. The paintings that make up his work are a clear example, from images of Girona, Llançà and Cadaqués to Florence and Venice. But Jordi Jubany’s merit is that despite his artistic youth and the fact that he considers himself an autodidact who does not believe in the great masters, is clear about what he want and keeps progressing with no fears. And he has whole career ahead to achieve his goal.
Artists like him are necessary for the construction of a country like ours. Therefore, the administration should encourage society to the culture and to support exhibitions like this that are the key to strengthen our cultural reality and place our cultural model as a reference. Jordi Jubany contributes through his creative activity. An activity which can always act as a stimulus for other artists from our country.
Culture and art are public goods that have a strong social value for the function of cohesion on society. For that reason, the public authorities must ensure not only the cultural events of the past but also the new artistic creativity as presented to us today.”
Sometimes they ask me to paint pictures to hang in very special sites.
I like it, because they often discover new places inspire me, and always, always, know interesting people who like my work.
Here you have a sample.