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Carles Puigdemont i Casamajor
President of the Catalonia Government

Although he was born in Barcelona in 1969, Jordi Isern is a painter of the Alt Camp, of the Garrotxa and, in general, of the interior lands of Catalunya, although he has also shown his artistic and human interest for other geographic areas when the chance or the creative curiosity have lead him to connect with them. He chose as a regular home the town of Alcover, from where his father's family originated, to find from there the satisfaction of capturing the history still within the old streets, squares and houses which are related to the mystery of nature. Because it is specially in the fields of wheat and buckwheat, so green when they are growing and so yellow when ripining; in the skies that become cloudy; in the mountains that preside from the distance; in the streams that pass through the meadows and the still remaining farm houses, when his senses sharpen, and enthusiastic about what he finds although with a clear sense of what he needs to do as a painter, he describes what he sees and feels. Isern's figuratism never avoids the representation of landscapes that his innate sense of beauty and the great capacity he has to mix colours lead him to choose. He has a very well worked technique and he knows how to combine the pictorial effects to achieve the impact he searches for. Although this is never sufficient for him. He needs the excitement and the will of constructing a work, made with each painting, which reflects the assertment that the land is better than the human being that rules over it and uses it. Because, besides from the assaults it receives since the world exists it never stops to give us fruits and invites us to calm our spirit after inevitable storms so that we can perform, united and in harmony the coral work that we should. Painting of peace, based on the repeated and always new fact offered by the Nature in which we live immersed in, although many of us do not want to see if it is not a time of relax or hollydays. Isern makes us see it, although with a constant which can be reached by contemplating his paintings. The idealisation within them never stops being connected with the existing reality and which is like a Paradise that we can touch and visit if we can take advantage of our cognitive capacities in the same way as the artist. Our society is the current one, but in order to really flow from it we need to feel that it links both to the past and to the future with regard to what is essential, within the relationship with the environment and of the desire – Why not? of eternity.
Josep M. Cadena
Jordi Isern and his very human landscapes

In formal terms, the painting of landscapes in pictorial art is understood as the desire to faithfully represent the natural environment, leading to its being, in that sense, a genre that, despite its potential for great technical perfection and excellent emotional capacity, is often constrained by some of its own overly functional and cold coordinates. Jordi Isern's paintings, however, in which he manages to artistically represent the forms and colours of nature are also infused with human spirit and sentiment, a quality which has been recognized by audiences, not only here at home, but throughout Europe, America and Japan, leading to his being able to celebrate this landmark anniversary of 25 years as a painter dedicated to his art.

Jordi Isern was born in 1969 in the city of Barcelona, a thriving European city which, in 1992, successfully organised an Olympic Games that would consolidate its position as a city of international renown. At the turn of the twentieth century, however, the painter and his family felt the pull of the countryside and the land of their ancestors and decided to settle in Alcover, the birthplace of the artist's father and a town located in the foothills of the Mussara mountains in the Alt Camp region, which extend across the Camp de Tarragona plain, looking out towards Valls.

The painter quickly fell in love with the Alcover landscape, through which the river Glorieta, a tributary of the Francolí, flows, an area dotted with forests and meadows, where vineyards, olive groves, carob trees, hazelnut trees and market gardens abound. These lands, surrounded by the Prades mountains, opened a world of new discoveries for the artist, one of which was getting the know the Conca de Barbera, where he established a second studio in the medieval town of Montblanc - the site of Catalonia's first ever parliamentary meetings - bounded by the mountains of Miramar, where the oaks and holm-oaks grow.

Jordi Isern loves nature, using his paint to make it his own and counselling us on how it should be viewed. His paintings show us that nature, when afforded the respect it merits, is Man's greatest ally, that the cycle of life and death makes way for the birth of new life, that a great tree is contained within a new bud and that harmony and balance, demonstrations of beauty and peace, do exist and it is our job to find it.

In this book, the people who know Jordi Isern, such as Jordi Agràs Estalella, Hiroyuki Kitahara, Josep Maria Vergés, Joaquín Castro San Luis, Eloi Tost, Jordi Sargatal and Òscar Rodbag, offer their insightful thoughts on the painter and his work. Let me add my own voice to theirs in congratulating the artist on twenty-five years of pictorial success and encouraging him to continue bringing us pictures that reveal the transcendent lessons and qualities offered to us by the landscape.