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CARL MELEGARI

POWERS OF OBSERVATION


(COVER) CAESAR TRIO, OIL ON CANVAS,

90 x 90 cm

OVERLEAF CAESAR TRIO (DETAIL) oil on canvas 90 x 90 cm


C A R L

M E L E G A R I

P O W E R S

O F

O B S E R V A T I O N


In this commanding solo show Powers Of Observation Melegari draws on his Italian heritage and love affair with paint to produce a deep and enthralling collection of portraits. Melegari primarily focuses on the semiabstraction within the figure and has become increasingly fascinated by the versatility of oil paint, manipulating it and reinventing it, finding new life in the shadows. Melegari’s work is explored through the title of the exhibition Powers of Observation which he interprets as the dark silence of his observation. This is explored through the expressive qualities of paint and the objective language of visual form. Often working from life and models, Melegari explores how the physicality of the paint combined with the density of pigment can give a sense of life radiating from the canvas: as if to evoke the vigor of the human form. His approach to painting explores the treatment and handling of paint whilst always managing to convey the emotion and sensitivity within the rivers of paint. The way he moulds and constructs the paint, using the process as a means of discovery, which is always reacting differently with the surface, and always finding somewhere new to take the Artist and the audience, is just as crucial to the success of his images as the subject matter. Through the veils of layers, achieved by continuously accumulating and scraping back the paint, a figure emerges as if to suggest how the sitter itself has become enveloped and partly obscured by the energy of the paint. We can feel this process as viewers; visceral and engrossing. His work draws from sculptural influences, such as Manuel Neri as well as from colourists, such as Morandi. Melegari frequently uses a monochromatic palette to generate the idea that he is playing with the reduction of form: often abstracting and delineating parts to create a more non-figurative feel. He then applies paint liberally and without reserve, allowing it to drip spontaneously to both literally and symbolically mirror the personality of the sitter. The open titles allow us to linger over the scene, creating our own narratives regarding the faces and relationships caught deep within the paint. We have the ability to define the unknown and to capture the elusive.

FABIANO & EZIO (DETAIL) oil on canvas 20 x 25 cm


SERGIO oil on canvas 41 x 41 cm


ARDUINO oil on canvas 25 x 20 cm


GIANMARCO oil on canvas 25 x 20 cm


LIVIUS oil on ca nvas 92 x 61 cm


BLANDINA o il on canvas 61 x 46 cm


AMBROGIO (left) oil on canvas 30 x 30 cm

LUCIUS oil on canvas 61 x 46 cm


STAG TEGAN oil on canvas 92 x 61 cm


STAG OFRA oil on canvas 76 x 60 cm


GIULIO oil on canvas 76 x 6 0 cm


ULISSE TRIO oil on canvas 102 x 77 cm


NERINA oil on canvas 76 x 60cm


NEREZA oil on canvas 101 x 76 cm


FILIBERTO

DUO

oil on canvas 20 x 25 cm


JOVE AND ISAIA oil on canvas 20 x 25 cm


NORINA oil on canvas 91 x 9 1 c m


ARRIGO oil on canvas 20 x 25 cm


FABIANO & EZIO oil on canvas 20 x 25 cm


MIRELLA oil on canvas 60 x 45 cm


CAESAR TRIO oil on canvas 90 x90 cm


MICHELINA oil on canvas 20 x 25 cm


GIRALDO DUO oi l on canvas 20x25cm


IGGY&GUIDO oil on canvas 20 x 25 cm


ANSELMO DUO oil on canvas 20 x25cm


ANASTASIO oil on canvas 20x25cm


ITALO & ILARIO oil on canvas 40 x 45 cm


GABRIELLA oil on canvas 91 x 91 cm


FABIO oil on canvas 60 x45cm


ELMO & DORE oil on canvas 20 x 25 cm


STAG HESHEL oil on canvas 101x76cm


STAG OISIN oil on canvas 76 x 60 cm


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS Mostra di Pittura di San Bonifacio - Italy VI Premio Internazinale Citta di Soave - Italy The Salon Des Nations - Paris The Albany Gallery - Cardiff Waterman Fine Art - London Cadogan Contemporary - London Innocent Fine Art - Bristol Royal West of England Academy - Bristol

SELECTED BIOGRAPHY The Sketching and Drawing Bible - Marilyn Scott The Artists Pocket Palette - North Light The Perfect Drawing - Harper Collins The Encyclopedia of Drawing Techniques - Running Press How to Capture Movement in your Paintings - Arum


Carl was born in North Wales of Italian parentage and now resides in Bristol.

His contemporary approach to painting explores both the human form and the urban landscape. Carl primarily focuses on the semi-abstraction within the figure and has become increasingly fascinated by the versatility of oil paint. Often working from life and models, Carl’s approach to painting explores the treatment and handling of paint whilst conveying expressionistic nudes and landscapes. His paintings arguably focus just as much on the medium of paint, and how it reacts with the surface, as they do on the subject of the painting.


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Carl Melegari - Powers Of Observation  

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