Skip to content

Graciela Hasper: Experiments in Color

Graciela Hasper [b. 1966, Argentina]

During a trip to Europe in 1987, Graciela Hasper realized for the first time that she wanted to make art. Upon returning to Argentina, she began to study with notable artists in Buenos Aires, but because of Argentina's dictatorship, Hasper never attended art school. In 1994, Hasper participated in an exhibition curated by Jorge Gumier Maier, Nicolás Guagnini, and Pablo Siquier, held at the Centro Cultural Rojas de Buenos Aires. This was one of the first exhibitions to explicitly link the generation of 1990s artists in Buenos Aires with mid-century abstraction, and the artists included became part of a group of artists known as The Rojas Group.

 

Hasper explains, “In Argentina, abstraction was repressed because it did not ‘explain’ national values. It had no value. So I adopted something that had no value and tried to make it valuable, an act of resistance. My work reflects the way a younger artist can respond to Madí, to the abstraction of the 1940s and 1950s.” Since the 1990s, Hasper’s painting aesthetic has been clean and direct, marked by sharp orthogonal lines and bright color. She has completed residencies in the U.S. at Apex Art in New York with a Fulbright Grant and at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. Her recent work has expanded to architectural interventions and large-scale public projects across the U.S. and Argentina. “I’m trying to expand the boundaries of painting in order to include the body,” she notes.

 

Watercolor plays an integral role in Hasper's artistic practice and acts as a starting point for her acrylic paintings and her public projects alike. Though many of these watercolors are studies for other works, Hasper thinks of them as independent works in their own right. As Hasper notes, "For me the watercolors are the experimental space. To design and paint in a small scale gives me the freedom of spontaneity. The physical relationship between painting, watercolors, and writing is very close due to the scale, the pencil, and the paper. The chance of the watercolor brushstroke on paper, the transparencies that can arise, the possibility of working with the light of the painting based on the white of the paper nourish ideas about the painting that I do."

 

"For me the watercolors are the experimental space. To design and paint in a small scale give me the freedom of spontaneity. The physical relationship between painting watercolors and writing is very close due to the scale, the pencil, and the paper."

- Graciela Hasper

Thumb-Show

Thumb-Show Thumbnails
Untitled, 2020

Watercolor on paper, 9 x 12 1/8 in.

$3,500

Untitled, 2020

Watercolor on paper, 9 x 12 1/8 in.

$3,500

Inquire
Untitled, 2020

Watercolor on paper, 10 x 13 7/8 in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2020

Watercolor on paper, 10 x 13 7/8 in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2020

Watercolor on paper, 10 1/4 x 7  in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2020

Watercolor on paper, 10 1/4 x 7  in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2021

Watercolor on paper, 6 x 8 7/8 in.

$2,800

Untitled, 2021

Watercolor on paper, 6 x 8 7/8 in.

$2,800

Inquire
Untitled, 2021

Watercolor on paper, 7 7/8 x 8 in.

$2,800

Untitled, 2021

Watercolor on paper, 7 7/8 x 8 in.

$2,800

Inquire
Untitled, 2022

Watercolor on paper, 10 7/8 x 15 in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2022

Watercolor on paper, 10 7/8 x 15 in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2020

Watercolor on paper, 9  x 12 1/8 in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2020

Watercolor on paper, 9  x 12 1/8 in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2021

Watercolor on paper, 9 x 12  in.

$3,500

Untitled, 2021

Watercolor on paper, 9 x 12  in.

$3,500

Inquire
Untitled, 2021

Watercolor on paper, 12 x 16 in.

$4,000

Untitled, 2021

Watercolor on paper, 12 x 16 in.

$4,000

Inquire
Untitled, 2020

Watercolor on paper, 9 x 12 1/8 in.

$3,500

Untitled, 2020

Watercolor on paper, 9 x 12 1/8 in.

$3,500

Untitled, 2020

Watercolor on paper, 10 x 13 7/8 in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2020

Watercolor on paper, 10 x 13 7/8 in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2020

Watercolor on paper, 10 1/4 x 7  in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2020

Watercolor on paper, 10 1/4 x 7  in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2021

Watercolor on paper, 6 x 8 7/8 in.

$2,800

Untitled, 2021

Watercolor on paper, 6 x 8 7/8 in.

$2,800

Untitled, 2021

Watercolor on paper, 7 7/8 x 8 in.

$2,800

Untitled, 2021

Watercolor on paper, 7 7/8 x 8 in.

$2,800

Untitled, 2022

Watercolor on paper, 10 7/8 x 15 in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2022

Watercolor on paper, 10 7/8 x 15 in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2020

Watercolor on paper, 9  x 12 1/8 in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2020

Watercolor on paper, 9  x 12 1/8 in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2021

Watercolor on paper, 9 x 12  in.

$3,500

Untitled, 2021

Watercolor on paper, 9 x 12  in.

$3,500

Untitled, 2021

Watercolor on paper, 12 x 16 in.

$4,000

Untitled, 2021

Watercolor on paper, 12 x 16 in.

$4,000

"The chance of the watercolor brushstroke on paper, the transparencies that can arise, the possibility of working with the light of the painting based on the white of the paper nourish ideas about the painting that I do."

- Graciela Hasper

Thumb-Show-2

Thumb-Show-2 Thumbnails
Untitled, 2020

Watercolor on paper, 9 x 12  in.

$3,500

Untitled, 2020

Watercolor on paper, 9 x 12  in.

$3,500

Inquire
Untitled, 2020

Watercolor on paper, 9 x 12 in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2020

Watercolor on paper, 9 x 12 in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2020

Watercolor on paper, 10 1/4 x 7 1/8 in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2020

Watercolor on paper, 10 1/4 x 7 1/8 in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2021

Watercolor on paper, 8 7/8 x 11 7/8 in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2021

Watercolor on paper, 8 7/8 x 11 7/8 in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2021

Watercolor on paper, 9 x 12 in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2021

Watercolor on paper, 9 x 12 in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2021

Watercolor on paper, 11 7/8 x 9  in.

$3,500

Untitled, 2021

Watercolor on paper, 11 7/8 x 9  in.

$3,500

Inquire
Untitled, 2020

Watercolor on paper, 9 x 12  in.

$3,500

Untitled, 2020

Watercolor on paper, 9 x 12  in.

$3,500

Untitled, 2020

Watercolor on paper, 9 x 12 in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2020

Watercolor on paper, 9 x 12 in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2020

Watercolor on paper, 10 1/4 x 7 1/8 in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2020

Watercolor on paper, 10 1/4 x 7 1/8 in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2021

Watercolor on paper, 8 7/8 x 11 7/8 in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2021

Watercolor on paper, 8 7/8 x 11 7/8 in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2021

Watercolor on paper, 9 x 12 in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2021

Watercolor on paper, 9 x 12 in.

SOLD

Untitled, 2021

Watercolor on paper, 11 7/8 x 9  in.

$3,500

Untitled, 2021

Watercolor on paper, 11 7/8 x 9  in.

$3,500

"This is why intuition is so important in Hasper's watercolours. By this I mean that the shift from the compositional landscape of the watercolour to other techniques and formats is a passage from the ego to the potential of the spectator. The watercolours provide an archive for tests of different relationships between colour and compositional design."

- Roberto Amigo, Curator

close up 2