I think what I love most about painting is the paint itself. When I’m in front of a picture where the surface becomes incidental to the richness of the material on top of it, I want to physically respond to it by reaching out and feeling the contours of the brush strokes, the globs of paint that drip or slide off the side of the brush, and other materials pasted in.
Nicolò Baraggioli is an Italian artist currently living and working in London. When he showed me his work, I was immediately drawn to the expressivity and rawness in the application of the paint, carefully combined with materials that he has taken great care to cut and assemble. The overall effect is of a balance of play and control, allowing for experimentation with his materials, but an eye for when to reign them in or stop working on a piece.
Influenced by artists such as Emilio Scanavino, Cy Twombly, Alberto Burri, and Gerhard Richter, Baraggioli describes his paintings as “intuitive improvisations on the impressions of daily life and memories.” Tied to psychology and emotion, the works are abstractions which aim to open up new ways to interpret our surroundings. “The colours are applied thickly to create great depth when worked into the surface sparingly, which leaves previous layers partially exposed. The paint is applied in this way to give the artwork itself a narrative and history, where the process of its creation can be glimpsed, [like] recollection of places once visited and emotions once lived.” The layers, informed by his personal history and culture, accumulate and influence the layers that come after.
Baraggioli works on a number of paintings at the same time, allowing him to transfer elements from one to the next, sharing details and stories. He currently has some pieces on view at Le Dame Art Hub at Melia White House in London through the first part of November.
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