Natino Chirico - MYTHS AND COLOURS [22 november - 13 december 2016]

 

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Wentworth Gallery, 1 Martin Place, Sydney NSW, Australia 2000 [2016 Catalogue]

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CHNaIRtiInCoO MYTHS AND COLOURS Wentworth Gallery

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CHNaIRtiInCoO MYTHS AND COLOURS 22 november - 13 december 2016 Wentworth Gallery, 1 Martin Place, Sydney NSW, Australia 2000 +612-9223-1700 Open 7days 10am-6pm or by appointment www.wentworthgalleries.com.au 1 Martin Place Sydney 2000 61-101 Phillis St Sydney 2000 161 Elizabeth St Sydney 2000 Concept Italiana d’Arte snc Photo Giancarlo De Leo Print More More More srl cover Charlie Chaplin, 2013. Oil and acrylic on canvas, cm.90x90 Michael Jackson, 2016. Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, cm 30x30 back Australia, 2016. Oil and acrylic on canvas, cm 90x90 Italy, 2016. Oil and acrylic on canvas, cm 90x90 right Charlie Chaplin, 2016. Oil and acrylic on canvas cm 90x90

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Whenever he’s looked at the horizon, Natino Chirico has always spotted new shores. The shore where the smoking top of the Etna volcano stands out against the Ionian Sea background, or the shore of the small town of Ganzirri, which you think you can touch with your hand if you’re standing on Scylla, and reminds you of Homer’s monsters. Now, for him, has come the moment of the extreme beyond, a place where the oceans’ only shores are those of imagination. His Diver – an outstandingly plastic subject – plunges into unknown waters, now. The strength and courage expressed by that figure can only be highlighted. Someone who has faith in himself is always ready to jump into infinity. Chaplin Tramps, covered in countless squirts of color, have started marching to the other side of the world. They could never be stuck inside a canvas anyway: movement is an evident trait in their creator’s painting style. The same is true for other celebrities, driven to the farthest destinations by Chirico’s unmistakable chromatic approach. I picture them walking across different continents in a single line, just like primordial-looking animals recalling the primal spur of life, echoing that mysterious big bang which made us all – humans and beasts alike – living creatures. Leading that fabulous imaginary procession, none other than the sweet and crazy horseman from La Mancha, Don Quixote, the only one able to see things that other people cannot even imagine: adventure in every-day routine, heroism in apparent squalor, friendship where everything is indifferent, love in the most sordid misery. Don Quixote marches on, jousting high on his nag, a silhouette parading through the red hue Natino chooses as the only landscape, well able, beyond a myriad of details, to evoke through images the oneiric strength of Cervantes’s character. El ingenioso hidalgo is none other than Natino himself, an undeclared self-portrait. It invites us to follow him, to become – just for the duration of a show – his Sancho Panzas, to share with him a fairytale in which existence is concealed. That’s because if a windmill can incarnate the spirit of a giant with a thousand arms, we all can find (again) our soul in a painting created by a true artist, something we thought was lost but it’s there, right next to us, within a hand’s reach: all we need to grab it is a little imagination. Beware, though, not to put your white gloves on around Chirico’s paintings. You need to get your hands dirty of the spots created by his volcanic paintbrushes. Much like the Tramp’s cane, they look ungainly, disoriented, but they really point somewhere. They really are drops breaking free from the canvas, polychrome beads of sweat, water, blood. They’re tears: tears of pain, and tears of joy. Enjoy the show. Enzo Romeo

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Federico Fellini, 2016 Oil, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, cm.90x90 4

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Charlie Chaplin, 2014. Acrylic and mixed media on methacrylate, cm.30x30 Charlie Chaplin, 2015. Acrylic and mixed media on methacrylate, cm.30x30 Charlie Chaplin, 2016. Oil, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, cm.90x90 5

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Don Quixote, 2016. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 6 cm.90x90

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Anna Magnani, 2016. Oil, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, cm.30x30

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Heart, 2016. Oil and acrylic on canvas, cm.30x30 Michael Jackson, 2015. Acrylic and mixed media on methacrylate, cm.30x30 9

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Jazz musician, 2016. Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, cm 30x30 Jazz solo, 2016. Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, cm 30x30 Ray Charles, 2016. Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 10 cm 30x30

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Colours trio, 2016. Acrylic and mixed media on canvas and methacrylate, cm 90x30 12

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Red, green and white trio, 2016. Acrylic and mixed media on canvas and methacrylate, cm 90x30 13

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Black trio, 2016. Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, cm 90x30 14

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Louis Armstrong, 2016. Acrylic, chalk and mixed media on canvas, cm.30x30 Jazz singer, 2016. Acrylic, chalk and mixed media on canvas, cm.30x30 15

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