LA CATEDRAL ROJA -The Red Cathedral-

These are some examples from the drawing book I am working on: "La Catedral Roja" (The Red Cathedral). In this book I am quickly sketching the iconography I am coming across on my way along the walls of a Red Cathedral I've discovered somewhere in my mind. I am sure this cathedral actually exists somewhere. 
- Work & Concept Álvaro Barcala ©-.







THE HOLY WOUND - 100X70 cm (39.37 X 27.55 inches)-

This is the first drawing of the serie I am working on. Along the upcoming drawings I will be developing a world relating Arthurian Legends with Christian Iconology

 As I have told many times in the past, books are my main source of inspiration. During the last two years I've become aware that I have been doing my readings in three different lines and that those lines are intimately linked (Arthurian Myths, Neoplatonic-Christian Mysticism, Christian Iconology):

As for Arthurian Myth my readings have been based in books by Chrétien de Troyes (Perceval, The story of the grail / Yvain, the Knight of the Lion / Lancelot, the Knight of the Cart / Erec and Enide), Wolfram von Eschenbach (Parzival), Geoffrey of Monmouth (Historia Regum Britanniae), The Pearl Poet (Sir Gawain and the Green Knight), Anonimus (Perlesvaus), The Didot Perceval, Robert de Boron (Joseph d'Arimathe / Merlin), The Prose Lancelot, Thomas Malory (Le Morte d'Arthur), Roger Sherman Loomis (The Grail, from Celtic Myth to Christian Symbol), Geoffrey Ash (The discovery of King Arthur, Merlin)...

As for Mysticism: Plotinus, Saint Augustine, Meister Eckhart, Angelus Silesius, Saint Teresa of Ávila, San Juan de la Cruz, Hildegard von Bingen, Hugh of Saint Victor, etc. / and christian thought with not a necessarily mystic approach: Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Anselm, Duns Scoto, St. Thomas Aquinas...

(I am not interested in gnosticism, nor in any kind of sincretist trend, nor in any kind of external esoteric phenomenology. I am quite tired of that kind of misleading vagueness. I do not believe the modern tendency of sincretism equals to a wider perspective or wisdom, quite the contrary, I think that is losing yourself into the vagueness. To believe in everything is to believe in nothing. That has nothing to do with Faith, nor with spirituality. My approach to the "Universal" is through the concrete, through a pretty orthodox way of christian thought and love)

As for Chistian Iconology: André Grabar (The Process of Creation in Christian Iconography / The Beginnings of Christian Art / The Origins of Medieval Aesthetics), Erwin Panofsky (Studies in Iconology / Saturn and Melancholy/ Life and Art of Albrecht Dürer), Cesare Ripa (Iconology), Robin Cormack (Byzantine Art / Icons), Solrunn Nes (The Mystical Language of Icons), Hans Belting (Image and Cult / Anthropology of the Image), Juan F. Esteban Lorente (Iconography Treatise).

Another authors and editors-publishers who have been important for me and this ongoing work: 
Victoria Cirlot, Luis Alberto de Cuenca, Jacobo Siruela.

-Without PUBLIC libraries, my personal and professional developing would have been totally imposible (I really can't imagine how this world would be if everything would be privatized)-

"The Holy Wound". 100X70 cm (39.37 X 27.55 inches). Graphite on paper:

fragments (click on them to see them bigger):

The basic conception of this drawing was generated during a long walk with a bulk of coffee 
and under the influence of this song

Interior Castle

I am continuing the serie of paintings "Interior Castle". This title is homonymous of a St Teresa of Ávila's book. Another books I'm finding inspiration from are the arthurian-medieval "Perlesvaus", "Parzival" by Eschenbach, "Perceval, le Conte du Graal" by Troyes, and such. I find many bonds between the symbolism of the arthurian Grail Castle and that Interior Castle of St. TeresaThis serie of paintings is closely related with the arthurian pencil drawings I am doing at the same time ("The Holy Wound" in the former post is one of them) for they belong to the same project. 

Some examples: