Lisson Gallery

Angela de la Cruz

Angela de la Cruz’s practice is elegantly situated between painting and sculpture. Her work engages with the very discourse of painting by targeting its basic anatomy – the stretcher, normally left to its job of keeping the canvas smooth and pliant – often twisted and bent out of shape. By breaking its form, de la Cruz breaks convention, quite literally, by mangling the stretcher and piercing the flat edifice of the canvas to unleash it into three-dimensional space. Slashed, twisted and reformed into something approaching sculpture, there is a dark humour at play: “The moment I cut through the canvas I get rid of the grandiosity of painting”, she says. Convention punctured, her works seem to mimic aspects of both the human body and behaviour – cowering, cringing, surviving – and, more recently, this sense of human scale has been bolstered by works incorporating items of domestic furniture, such as chairs, tables and filing cabinets. Prostrate on the floor or hanging on the wall like trophies or window dressings, they are evidence of a passionate and complicated process.  

Angela de la Cruz was born in A Coruña in Galicia, northwest Spain in 1965 and lives and works in London. She studied Philosophy at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain (1987) before moving to London, where she obtained a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, London, UK (1994) and an MA in Sculpture and Critical Theory from the Slade, London, UK (1996). Solo exhibitions include Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao, Spain (2018); Peer, London, UK (2016); Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (2016); Fundacion Luis Seoane, A Coruña, Spain (2015); Carreras Mugica, Bilbao, Spain (2014); Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (2013); Camden Arts Centre, London, UK (2010); Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain (2005); Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo and Annex Space MARCO, Spain (2004). She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2010 and is the recipient of the 2017 Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas, Spain. 

Concrete canvas (off-white)

Angela de la Cruz
Concrete canvas (off-white), 2018
Oil and acrylic on concrete canvas 157 x 158 x 15 cm 61 3/4 x 62 1/4 x 5 7/8 in

Bare (off-white)

Angela de la Cruz
Bare (off-white), 2018
Oil and acrylic on canvas 153 x 153 x 7 cm 60 1/4 x 60 1/4 x 2 3/4 in

Peel (Off-White)

Angela de la Cruz
Peel (Off-White), 2018
Oil and acrylic on canvas 70 x 40 x 7 cm 27 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 2 3/4 in

Shutter (Burgundy)

Angela de la Cruz
Shutter (Burgundy), 2017
Oil and acrylic on aluminium 154 x 154 x 10 cm 60 5/8 x 60 5/8 x 3 7/8 in

Crate (Burgundy)

Angela de la Cruz
Crate (Burgundy), 2017
Oil and acrylic on aluminium, filing cabinet 161 x 70 x 52 cm 63 3/8 x 27 1/2 x 20 1/2 in

Bare (Red)

Angela de la Cruz
Bare (Red), 2017
Oil and acrylic on canvas 153 x 153 x 7 cm 60 1/4 x 60 1/4 x 2 3/4 in

Concrete Canvas (Pink)

Angela de la Cruz
Concrete Canvas (Pink), 2017
Oil and acrylic on concrete canvas 160 x 161 x 15 cm 63 x 63 3/8 x 5 7/8 in

Crate (navy with green box)

Angela de la Cruz
Crate (navy with green box), 2017
Oil and acrylic on aluminium, filing cabinet 170 x 68 x 49 cm 66 7/8 x 26 3/4 x 19 1/4 in

Bare (Yellow)

Angela de la Cruz
Bare (Yellow), 2017
Oil and acrylic on canvas 153 x 153 x 7 cm 60 1/4 x 60 1/4 x 2 3/4 in

Untitled III (Fold) Turquoise

Angela de la Cruz
Untitled III (Fold) Turquoise, 2016
Oil and acrylic on canvas 123 x 123 x 7 cm 48 3/8 x 48 3/8 x 2 3/4 in

Recycled (Hybrid) Red

Angela de la Cruz
Recycled (Hybrid) Red, 2016
Acrylic and oil on aluminium 101 x 110 x 28 cm 39 3/4 x 43 1/4 x 11 in

Transfer (White)

Angela de la Cruz
Transfer (White), 2011

Armchair, wooden box and chair 80 x 180 x 84 cm (installed) 31 1/2 x 70 7/8 x 33 in (installed)

Bloated 3 (Blue)

Angela de la Cruz
Bloated 3 (Blue), 2012
Oil on aluminium 163 x 65 x 42 cm 64 1/4 x 25 5/8 x 16 1/2 in

Battered 4 (Red)

Angela de la Cruz
Battered 4 (Red), 2012
Oil on aluminium 123 x 123 x 16 cm 48 3/8 x 48 3/8 x 6 3/8 in

Wet (Blue)

Angela de la Cruz
Wet (Blue), 2012
Oil and acrylic on canvas 123 x 123 x 7 cm 48 3/8 x 48 3/8 x 2 3/4 in

Extension 4 (Green/Turquoise)

Angela de la Cruz
Extension 4 (Green/Turquoise), 2011
Oil and acrylic on canvas 123 x 40 x 7 cm 48 3/8 x 15 3/4 x 2 3/4 in

Wet I (White/Cream)

Angela de la Cruz
Wet I (White/Cream), 2011
Oil and acrylic on canvas 40 x 60 x 7 cm 15 3/4 x 23 5/8 x 2 3/4 in

Compressed 6 (White)

Angela de la Cruz
Compressed 6 (White), 2011
Oil and acrylic on aluminium 123 x 70 x 60 cm 48 3/8 x 27 5/8 x 23 5/8 in

Half Vertical (Recycled)

Angela de la Cruz
Half Vertical (Recycled), 2004-2011
Oil on canvas 180 x 28 x 32 cm 71 x 11 x 12 5/8 in

Last Minimum (Recycled)

Angela de la Cruz
Last Minimum (Recycled), 2000-2011
Oil on canvas 46 x 21 x 11 cm 18 1/8 x 8 3/8 x 4 3/8 in

Stuck

Angela de la Cruz
Stuck, 2010
Oil and acrylic on canvas 259.1 x 137.2 x 38.1 cm (approx) 102 x 54 x 15 in (approx)

Deflated (Green)

Angela de la Cruz
Deflated (Green), 2010
Oil on canvas 153 x 180 cm 60 1/4 x 70 7/8 in

Mini Nothing (Yellow)

Angela de la Cruz
Mini Nothing (Yellow), 2010
Oil on canvas 25 x 40 x 35 cm 9 7/8 x 15 3/4 x 13 3/4 in

Hung (Blue/Orange) 10

Angela de la Cruz
Hung (Blue/Orange) 10, 2010
Oil on canvas 61.5 x 42 cm 24 1/4 x 16 1/2 in

Large Hung

Angela de la Cruz
Large Hung, 2010
Oil on canvas 170 x 153 cm 67 x 60 1/4 in

Deflated (Yellow)

Angela de la Cruz
Deflated (Yellow), 2010
Oil on canvas 153 x 180 cm 60 1/4 x 70 7/8 in

Hung (Turquoise/Brown) 13

Angela de la Cruz
Hung (Turquoise/Brown) 13, 2010
Oil on canvas 60 x 40 x 8 cm 23 5/8 x 15 3/4 x 3 1/4 in

Mini Nothing (Red)

Angela de la Cruz
Mini Nothing (Red), 2010
Oil on canvas 45 x 35 cm (approx) 17 5/8 x 13 3/4 in (approx)

Dirty 4 (Orange)

Angela de la Cruz
Dirty 4 (Orange), 2010
Oil and acrylic on aluminium 40 x 38 x 30 cm 15 3/4 x 15 x 11 7/8 in

Squashed 5 (Green/Brown 2)

Angela de la Cruz
Squashed 5 (Green/Brown 2), 2010
Oil on canvas 122 x 122 cm (approx) 48 x 48 in (approx)

Flat

Angela de la Cruz
Flat, 2009
Mixed media (plastic and metal) 100 x 50 x 50 cm (approx) 39 3/8 x 19 5/8 x 19 5/8 in (approx)

Untitled (Hold No. 1)

Angela de la Cruz
Untitled (Hold No. 1), 2005
Oil on aluminium box and metal filing cabinet 162 x 92 x 104 cm 63 3/4 x 36 1/4 x 41 in

Clutter IX (blue)

Angela de la Cruz
Clutter IX (blue), 2004
Oil and acrylic on canvas and metal 188 x 98 x 40 cm 74 x 38 5/8 x 15 3/4 in

Larger than Life

Angela de la Cruz
Larger than Life, 2004
Oil and acrylic on canvas 260 x 400 x 1050 cm 102 3/8 x 157 1/2 x 413 3/8 in

Clutter wardrobes

Angela de la Cruz
Clutter wardrobes, 2004
Wood
Dimensions variable

Clutter wardrobes

Angela de la Cruz
Clutter wardrobes, 2004
Wood
Dimensions variable

Three Legged Chair on Stool

Angela de la Cruz
Three Legged Chair on Stool, 2002
Wooden chair and wooden stool 125.5 x 50 x 45 cm 49 3/8 x 19 5/8 x 17 5/8 in

Still Life (Table)

Angela de la Cruz
Still Life (Table), 2000
Wood and oil and canvas 90 x 105 x 100 cm 35 3/8 x 41 3/8 x 39 3/8 in

Self

Angela de la Cruz
Self, 1997
Chair and two paintings

Exhibitions

  1. Angela de la Cruz: Bare

    Angela de la Cruz: Bare

    4 July – 18 August 2018

  2. Angela de la Cruz: Burst

    Angela de la Cruz: Burst

    4 April – 15 May 2013

  3. Angela de la Cruz: Transfer

    Angela de la Cruz: Transfer

    30 March – 30 April 2011

  4. Angela de la Cruz

    Angela de la Cruz

    5 June – 3 July 2004

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