Advent at the RWA: 8 December

rosso

“This is a powerful, sensual, uninhibited work that I would like to own! There is a tension resulting from the muted colours, that convey isolation and seclusion, and the contrasting bright colours, that suggest optimism and joy.”

Rosso by Carl Melegari
Chosen by Maureen Fraser, Volunteer

Carl Melegari was born in Wales, of Italian parentage and is now based here in Bristol. He is concerned with both the human figure and landscapes, and draws on sculpted influences and colourists. He applies an oil turpentine tonal wash to the figure and uses layers of oil paints, often reworking the painting and allowing the drips to run in different directions. When asked if there is a message behind the work Melegari admits, “What interests me more is the paint itself.” he concedes that the result is “often a subject who looks to be searching for his or her soul.”

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