Inspired by the ancient threshing floor (la era in Spanish) at his home outside Ronda, Seaton’s iterations explore the continual play of seasonal light and atmosphere across this vast cobblestone circle.
Most works in the series were painted in pure dry pigments on heavy paper, and measure 76 x 94 cm. Some works, including Era V and Era XIX, are on linen or canvas, and measure 120 x 150 cm. For full details on individual works, contact the artist.
Its traditional dry-stone construction dates back to the Iron Age, but Seaton’s threshing circle probably dates to when his house was a ventarillo, or small roadside inn. Located where ancient roads to Madrid, Seville, Cadíz, and Gibraltar once met, the house has stood on this same spot, in one form or another, for at least 500 years. And its era was once a shared resource for local farmers, who would bring their grain there to be threshed and winnowed.
Seaton developed his Goyesca Series out of a commission from the Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda (RMR) to design the official posters for the city’s annual Feria, the highlight of which is the Corrida Goyesca at the historic Plaza del Toros.
This year, he produced designs for two limited edition posters: a purely abstract arrangement combining poured and spattered pigment, collage and cut-out lettering; and a more figurative cut-paper collage of a toro (bull’s head).
The series includes the original poster designs: Goyesca XXI and Original Toro (each 88 x 76 cm, 34.5 x 30 in). And throughout Seaton used a combination of pure pigments, high-quality PVC binders, and collage on thick paper. Most works measure 88 x 76 cm (34.5 x 30 in), with some slight variations. For full details and availably on any work in the Goyesca series, click here.
The annual competition for the Goyesca posters was instigated by Juan Maestre, a painter and caballero, who, in 1994 began to invite well known contemporary artists from Spain and elsewhere to submit designs promoting the annual Feria de abril. The collection of winning designs - now on display in the Salón de Carteles at the RMR - includes works by Larry Rivers, Fernando Botero, Alex Katz, Francesco Clemente, and now, David Seaton, alongside designs by internationally known Spanish artists such as Eduardo Arroyo, Joaquín Sáenz, Juan Romero, Carmen Laffón, Pérez Villalta, Ricardo Cadenas, Manuel Salinas, Miquel Barceló, Francisco Reina, José María Sicilia, and Félix de Cárdenas.
Last year, David Seaton travelled to Peru and toured Pachacamac near the Pacific coast, southeast of Lima. This ancient sanctuary was built more than 1,000 years before the Inca empire and its chief structure - the remains of a vast brick and adobe pyramid, The Temple of the Sun - inspired much of this series.
Seaton reimagined the Temple’s patterned brickwork and the intense play of light across its stepped surfaces as geometric variations that radiate across the paper in high-key arrangements of pure cadmium yellows and oranges and counterpoints of soft cerulean blue.
Other works in the series were inspired by Huaca Pucllana, the great adobe and clay pyramid in Lima’s Miraflores district, and artefacts in the Museo nacional de Arqueología, including Moche pottery, and the richly dyed weavings of the Wari culture.
The Farm Series is a cycle of images inspired by the light and geography of Seaton’s home at La Indiana, a rural neighbourhood outside Ronda. The name of his house, Ventarillo Mariano, refers to its former role as a small roadside inn and, and in one form or another, it has stood on this same spot for at least 500 years.