|Manel Àlvarez: Step by Step
Select works in this exhibition will be offered for sale with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Hockaday’s community learning programs and Museum exhibitions. Please contact the Museum at (406) 755-5268 for purchase information.
June 8 — August 5, 2017
Thursday, June 8, 2017
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Saturday, June 10, 2017
4:00 - 5:30 PM
Spanish artist Manel Àlvarez shares a sneak peek Tuesday, May 23, of some of his finished and in-progress pieces that will be on exhibit at the Hockaday. Join the artist at his temporary Montana studio in an intimate gathering, learn about his materials and techniques, and hear some of his art stories from around the world. Appetizers and beverages provided. Attendance will be limited to 25 people. Please reserve your tickets by May 12.
In-Studio Experience with Manel Àlvarez
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: 294 2nd Ave. WN, Kalispell, at Air Works, Inc.
Cost: Members/$15, Non-members/$25
For tickets: Call 406-755-5268 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Exhibit
Manel Àlvarez is well known for his large sculptures utilizing bronze, marble, and granite. He has exhibited in various countries throughout the world and has received commissions for public monuments not only in his native country of Spain, but in France, Italy, Germany, Brazil, and the United States.
Manel was born in Sant Feliu de Codines in Barcelona, Spain in 1945. At 18, he began studying clay modeling and sculpture at the Los Salesianos Vocational Schools in Sarrià. He continued sculpting after finishing the program, but worked in interior and industrial design until he could afford to dedicate himself entirely to sculpture. During this time, Alvarez focused on various activities in connection with statue making, religious images, relief work, busts, and ornamental carvings.
His first solo exhibit as a sculptor came in 1971. Four years later, on a scholarship from the Pagani Foundation in Milan, he went to Carrara, Italy where he began working in marble. Using new mediums and his daily contact with sculptors combined to gradually transform his work. A more personalized style emerged as he began synthesizing human and organic forms.
Manel finds inspiration through his travels as he encounters different cultures, beliefs, and forms. His focus is on achieving a sense of weightlessness through his use of lines while also trying to capture the energy of the represented form instead of simply an interpretation. Through his method of abstraction and use of lines he gives "birth to the spirit, the soul of the object."
"A constant force of imagination, I try to give to each piece the best I can offer," he says.
Manel's wife, Linda, was born in Great Falls, Montana and it is through this connection that Manel seeks to give back to her heritage by collaborating with Montana museums. The exhibit features selected past works as well as three newly created sculptures inspired by Northwest Montana. He will also donate one of his new sculptures to the Museum to serve as a community centerpiece and legacy for future generations.
Carolynn & Dr. Steve Milheim