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Àngel Jové

Lleida, 1940

Àngel Jové

The career of this designer from Lleida is characterized by a liberty and variety of interests that are rare nowadays.

Jové has led the most versatile career: he has been a professor in various design schools; an awarded interior designer; the author of books such as Verbo Ser (Lumen, 1970) or the Tratado de los órdenes arquitectónicos (Tusquets, 1971); he has acted in various movies, like Bilbao (1978), Caniche (1979) and Angustia (1986) by Bigas Luna, or Pasión Lejana (1986) by Jesús Garay; he has worked as a scriptwriter and artistic director in TVE and TV3; he has also been a graphic designer and illustrator; and much more. However, his greatest interest is painting. He has shown his work in many exhibitions since 1961 until nowadays in Lleida and Barcelona, but also in Ottawa, Johannesburg and Berlin, among other cities. Ángel Jové’s work has a backdrop of mystery and nostalgia, in fact he experimented with anti-establishment art, Arte Povera, as a reaction to art marketing, as well as with photographic printing on fabric, photomomontage and environments.

This outsider got introduced into the world of design thanks to architect and designer Santiago Roqueta, to contribute with his talent in some objects, such as the Babel and the Zeleste lamps, both made of alabaster, which is a material usually considered vulgar, but that is used in this case in order to create a great richness of possibilities. Both lamps caused a major aesthetic impression at the time, an effect that has not diminished with the years.

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