Josep and Pere Sanitlari: Paintings and Drawings on view at Jill Newhouse Gallery


NEW YORK, N.Y.- Josep and Pere Santilari’s work demonstrates a contemporary sensibility, while their roots and paradigms lie in the classical subjects of art history – the townscape, the painter and his model, and the still-life, all drawn with technical precision. The Santilari brothers share a studio, each producing approximately three paintings and four drawings each per year. This is the first time their work will be exhibited in the United States. Twin brothers Pere and Josep Santilari were born in Badalona in 1959 and graduated in 1981 with a degree in fine arts from the University of Barcelona. Building on the Spanish still-life tradition of the Bodegón as well as the work of Baroque painters such as Francisco de Zurbarán and Juan Sánchez Cotán, the Santilari brothers depict humble, quotidian objects and infuse them with an almost religious reverence, while at the same time referencing contemporary life. Tin fo