Crowley from the book “Good Omens”. You know how burning Bentleys get.
Agostino Arrivabene is an Italian artist with strong links with ancient painting, in general, and with 16th century Flemish painting and Italian Renaissance painting in particular; but he is able to hybridise this knowledge with the more eclectic language of contemporary art through a personal surrealist, epic and alchemical path.
The painting media more consonant to him are oil painting and drawing that he achieves through a sumptuous research both in materials drawing up and in their preparation, following the dictate of the ancient and lost tradition. The painting is accurate in the stratification oscillating from an obsessive technical strictness up to a more contemporary expressive and gestural freedom. Currently he’s following a visual path based on anamorphic deformations through a completely personal proceeding.
In 2011 he received an invitation to the 54th Venice Biennale where he exhibited his large diptych “Le visioni di San Sebastiano” (Saint Sebastian’s Visions).
His deep believing in mysticism as a fundament of life and in Greek Myths and Eleusinian Mysteries has given birth to several paintings exposed in his recently solo exhibition in Milan “Isterie plutoniche” (Plutonian Hysteria) devoted to Hades and Persephone, the royal couple of the Greek Myths. His figurative poetics is a ceaseless, urgent and powerful research towards the absolute. Please visit his Tumblr or website for more information and work: NEW website coming soon! (Interview with artist by ARTchipel Feb-2012)
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