Saturday, 25 May 2013

Architectural paintwork

Opportunities to paint spaces in the classical manner, and I mean really provide a comprehensive and articulated solution for rooms and facades is becoming harder to come by. To go a little way to describe the wealth of information that is still commonly available in Italy I thought to begin collecting a selection of pictures as and when possible. Here's my first. 
This is one of the best know church's of the Piemonte region where I live; The sanctuary of Monte Regalis di Vicoforte. (More info on:

A colleague,  who worked alongside Aurelio Cattò for 25 years said that Cattó would steal into this sanctuary when he was "short on idea's" for his own jobs! The church is monumental, the elliptical dome is the biggest in Europe.
The decorations are certainly thick. My attention here is specifically placed on the excellent example of how primarily here paintwork serves to articulate wall space. 
It is difficult to imagine what this building would have looked like without the decorations, without the molding, the panelling, ornaments and such. 
The paintwork is married to the architecture. "Embossed" perhaps describes even better the aim to suggest (with paint) what may have been done to some degree  in architecture. This rationality is then momentarily left aside in the cupola which expands into Trompe l'oeil illusion. However, it is all held together ( most importantly) by the artists very realistic sense of what was physically already there and simply made clearer through their knowledge of classical architecture.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

I have, I think, cracked it with the Youtube content. Here's a collection of my works over the last years. I hope you will find it interesting...
Have a good day all!

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Contemporary classicism.

If Art is a reflection on life....

The natural world is a continuous momentum of chaos and order.

Man's aesthetic creative force is also divided between invention/genius/chaos on the one side and law/science/order on the other. The second being examined in classicism. 
Classicism is the body of man's acquired knowledge over time. It is timeless. In fact it is contemporary.

Invention and classicism are as necessary to the Arts,as chaos and order are necessary to life.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Well, my thanks to +Ann Stoker for illuminating me to the badge: "subscribe"!
I may not be so bad with a brush in my paw...but social links, buttons, badges and the such- are still work in progress!

Friday, 10 May 2013

Friday silliness...

While working on ceilings people often ask me if it is hard to keep your head up for so many hours, the answer is you get used to it. Then I am often told that apparently Michelangelo devised a way to lie down and paint....I am still awaiting to be told where he kept the tubs of paint he needed to dip into-while lying on his back! I don't think so!
One great advantage of working upwards is that the worse that can happen with an overcharged paintbrush is that drops of colour will fall on your face, in your eye, hair or mouth...but not on your work!!!
Oh, and pouncing with burnt sienna gives you a cheap tan!
Have a great weekend.

The dome I painted a while back for Valentine restaurant San Giacomo, Roburent, Italy

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

I wish I had a talent for synthesis and syntax.
Any chance I have of contributing to defending and promoting my skill depends on the  capacity to convey many complex concepts of worth, choice and taste. Subjects that others, with far better credentials than me have attempted to resolve- and have had to leave in the back-burner.
Despite norms in Italy that are (in theory) in place not just to protect artifacts but also "the skills that went to create them" I know from experience that this is not the case. My specific activity is lost in the sea of diverse services provided under the title "Decoration"
I speak after spending a day in Turin, hoping to glimpse some sign of encouragement from the state toward the traditional skills in an Arts cultural meet-up aimed at responding to the financial crises that is crippling Italy. I understood all the arguments in favor of innovation, contemporary design and encouraging the youngest generations to throw themselves into the deep-end by proposing their ideas for Arts businesses and marketing products of contemporary design. Nothing new there. For as long as I can remember important discussions around the Arts market focused on the innovative or ancient history, as if the two aspects were completely distinct and nothing exists, or is of any use, anywhere in between.  
The need to be innovative means that Italy has closed its doors to a great part of what makes Italy, well.... Italian.  Thus-by not fully using the potential work-force that could contribute to its reprisal. I could speak for hours regards the difficulties many Artisans face with maintaining their craft. The problems multiply when on a bureaucratic level you don't belong to any specific category. My taxes are paid under a general title of "other artistic activities"   In a country that I believe has the highest patrimony of Arts in the world, it’s simply illogical. My fear is that the point of no return has been surpassed. It doesn't make the slightest bit of difference how well one works, how thoroughly pleased your client is, there are other mechanisms that as much as you try, you cannot contrast without the interest of influential circles. Which sad to say group all decorators as Sunday crafters.

Details from a painted patio ceiling...Material used: house acrylic Year: 2011