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Carlo Mirabasso

Carlo Mirabasso

Carlo Mirabasso began painting his first metaphysical compositions in the early 90’s, perfecting an original style in oil on wood. His landscapes are typically heaped with pointed roofs, bell towers and leaping arches, all in neat vertical rows that sweep the eye upwards. Mathematical building blocks are reminiscent of children’s toys- the pink, orange and blue shapes are faded like the plastic of buckets and spades left out in the sun. Lighthouses and beach balls give an air of beachy nostalgia, but here the plasticine clouds and iron moons are too dense for the translucent skies; they drop down amongst the cypress trees leaving heavy shadows behind. Born in Italy in 1959, Mirabasso now lives and works in the medieval village setting of Bettona. His stylishly executed paintings are influenced by this enchanting Umbrian landscape. As the only region without a coastline or common border, Umbria takes its name from the ‘Umbr’ tribe who claimed to be the most ancient Italian race as a result of surviving the Greek deluge. Mirabasso’s work combines this renaissance backdrop with his modern technique, telling a beautifully strange story that adds to the mythology of his home town. Mirabasso’s impossible perspectives show abandoned lands where weighty planets sink down silently like blimps and light appears to radiate up from the ground. His weirdly symmetrical moonscapes are like empty stage sets where nobody lives, where boats, eggs and newspaper hats are randomly discovered. Perhaps these are places at the very end of the world, or where the lost things go.

The Return Of The Poet Oil on Board 30 x 60 cm

Sighting Oil on Board 35 x 100 cm

Meditation Oil on board 30 x 60 cm

Small Quiet Village Oil on Board 30 x 30 cm

Small Village In The Evening Oil on Board 40 x 30 cm

BIOGRAPHY Carlo Mirabasso was born in 1959 in Tivoli, Italy. In 1979 he received his diploma from the 1st Art High School in Rome. During the ‘80s and ’90s he worked in advertising design and illustration. In the early 1990s he began painting his first metaphysical compositions, perfecting a personal pictorial technique on wood panels, which would become fundamental for his research. Since 1996 he has devoted himself exclusively to painting. Today the artist lives with his wife and two children in Bettona, in the region of Umbria, were he has a home studio. Regularly exhibiting throughout Italy, he has had recent shows in Rome, Milan, Teramo, Potenza, Verona, Brescia, Vicenza, Padova, Marbella, Auckland and New York.

The Walk Of The Philosopher Oil on Board 60 x 20 cm

Good News Oil on Board 70 x 70 cm

As Well As Joy Oil on Board 30 x 60 cm

Confidence Oil on Board 40 x 40 cm

Metaphysical Moment Oil on Board 60 x 120 cm

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Hay Hill Gallery - The catalogue of paintings by Carlo Mirabasso

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