Gianluca Di Pasquale
Exhibition June 5 - September 20, 2014 (August closed)
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 5, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
We are pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Gianluca Di Pasquale.
Di Pasquale’s best known works are landscape paintings composed almost only by figures, painted with precise brush strokes inside a large white space. Apart from some people, a few trees, some architectural details, there is almost nothing but white painted canvas. Yet in the imagination the immaculate space becomes mountains, sea, a square or a street. The scenarios are those of our leisure time: ski slopes, parks, trails, large urban squares, beaches - places of encounter and mediation between nature and civilization, where people aggregate, creating rhythms and constellations dictated by the forms of the landscape.
In the most recent works the nature, trees and vegetation have become the main actors and delicately invade the space with arabesques and patterns of leaves, branches, grass helms and flowers. Loosely Inspired by Henri Rousseau, he creates new images of Paradise where wild animals and humans live together in peace. Di Pasquale’s nature is hypertrophic, but also suspended and silent, observing us from inside his paintings through archetypal animals that resemble guards or sentinels, protecting the nature that, in turn, protects them.
The animals become guides on a path the artist invites us to follow inside nature, getting lost and finding ourselves again, encouraging us to stop and think, triggering a moment of suspension with respect to the frenzy of contemporary life, to go back and ask ourselves ancient questions.
Faithful to his poetics, once again Gianluca Di Pasquale has attempted not so much to describe reality as to recreate, in painting, landscapes close to his idea of harmony.
Gianluca Di Pasquale was born in Rome in 1971; he lives and works in Milan.