Monday, July 11, 2011

Nicola Samorì

The Italian painter Nicola Samorì composes his portraits with close reference to techniques of the Italian Baroque. Historical figures are precisely applied in chiaroscuro onto obscure backgrounds on wood, canvas and copper. However, Samorì then peels whole layers of paint off again, garbles mimics and gestures, thus revealing layers and priming below. Samorì (born 1977 in Forli, Italy) studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna. Samorì lives and works in Bagnacavallo.


Hans Holbein - écorché (estasi)

La Storia

Buen Retiro




I like this! The people in his portraits looks like they died and started to decompose, not only in their graves, but also in their portraits. Or like they were inflicted by weird diseases, or like their twisted mental states seeps through the canvas to reveal a more horrible - but possibly truer - portrait. Feels like I need to steal an expression from a friend here, and call these paintings "deliciously sick"...

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