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Allessandro Papetti: New Works

Buschlen Mowatt Gallery
Vancouver BC Jun 17-Jul 15, 2003

Allessandro Papetti - Interno
Allessandro Papetti, Interno (2003), oil on canvas
[Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Jun 17-Jul 15, 2003]

Italian painter Alessandro Papetti first exhibited in Milan in 1987. Since 1995, he has divided his time between Milan and Paris, with dozens of international exhibits. His expressionistic portraiture depicts figures together with traces of their movements. In addition to his striking portraits, subjects in this new group of work include interior industrial settings, shipping yards, abandoned studios and serene interiors.

His imagery has been described as having “a palpable, vivid sense of the brilliant presence of a whirlpool of energy that illuminates things”. Papetti himself has described his artistic production as a record of what happens in the time and space between two different events – whether a change in point of view, a change caused by the passing of time, or a re-positioning of a subject. Speaking as the artist who creates, he writes, “The emptiness and the perception of it is the supporting structure of painting.” 

The dazzling bravura of his brushstrokes, however, is the force that dominates our own perception of them.Like the Futurists and Cubists before him, Papetti understands vision as a series of glimpses assembled in the mind to make a whole. His oil paintings are like analytical studies of form that shower us with visual memories of those glimpses. We simultaneously re-create the dynamic, shimmering, multi-faceted forms while, like fleeting illusions, lose them in the spaces between.

© Mia Johnson

 Sat, Jun 7, 2003