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Workshops in Cass Art by Michele Del Campo

I am very happy to have been invited to give 2 oil painting workshops at Cass Art Islington (30 Oct) and Cass Art Hampstead (1 Nov). Colours and materials will be kindly provided by Winsor and Newton, the entry fee is just £10 and places are limited. The workshops last 2 hours and I will tell participants how I create the impression of strong light alla prima and how I mix colours for shadows and for light. Hints on how to use the properties of trasparency vs opacity to achieve the effects of light, and how to mix clean colours on the palette and how to apply them for maximum vibrancy on the canvas. Clic on this image to get more info and book your place for my 30 October workshop in Cass Art Islington, 2-4pm:

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Clic on this image to get more info and book your place for my 1 November workshop in Cass Art Hampstead, 11-1pm

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The creative process, 5: gestation and meaning of "The Fall" by Michele Del Campo

"The Fall", oil on linen, 105x180cm ENGLISH: "The Fall" is, in my intention, just the first out of a small series of paintings representing the moment right after several characters have fallen. For me this moment is metaphoric, and it is condensed in the expression of the person who has fallen, who, not really hurt, is just taking a moment to think and reflect, as we often do after an accident or a traumatic event. We don't know about their lives, what has happened to them and the reason why they have fallen, but perhaps we can see ourselves through them and it is a positive moment, the moment when we interrupt our blind routine and look back to see more clearly what we are and what we have been doing. This series came to my mind after reading the existentialist novel "The Fall", by Albert Camus, where the main character, a respectable and highly esteemed lawyer, is reflecting on his past and who he really is, after a traumatic event where he has been unable to move a finger to try to save a woman from committing suicide.

I intentionally placed the woman in a setting where the sun is shining towards the end of the day but the architecture and the elements are repetitive and monotonous, subliminally reflecting her life.

Some of the sketches that came to my imagination for the painting and the original picture of the model, posing according to my sketches. She is a neighbor in Valencia who so kindly volunteered to pose for me.

ESPAÑOL: Este es, en mi intención, solamente el primero de una serie de cuadros que representan justo el momento después de que varios personajes se han caido. Para mi este momento es metafórico, y es concentrado en la expresión de la persona que se ha caído, la cual, aunque no se haya hecho daño, pero se para y se toma un momento para pensar y reflexionar, como frecuentemente pasa después de un accidente o de un evento traumático. No sabemos de sus vidas, qué les ha pasado y porque se han caido, pero quizás nosotros podamos reflejarnos en ellos, y es un momento positivo, ese momento en el cual interrumpimos nuestras ciegas rutinas y miramos hacia atrás para ver con más claridad lo que somos y lo que hemos estado haciendo. Esta serie surgió tras leer la novela existencialista "La caída", de Albert Camus, donde el personaje principal, un respetable y admirado abogado, reflexiona sobre su pasado tras un evento traumático donde no fue capaz de mover un dedo para salvar a una mujer que quería suicidarse.

En este cuadro he intencionalmente puesto a la mujer en un ambiente donde resplandece el sol hacia el final del día, pero la arquitectura y los elementos son repetitivos y monótonos, reflejando de manera subliminal la vida de la mujer.

Preparing the painting for shipment to the client.

International 2013/14 ARC Salon by Michele Del Campo

ENGLISH: I'm so glad to be a finalist in both Figurative and Still Life categories in this year's ARC International Salon. My congratulations to the winners of the prizes and to all other finalists, there was a very high level and I am honoured to be there among so talented international artists of the representational art. These are my finalist paintings:  

ESPAÑOL: Estoy muy contento de estar entre los finalistas del ARC International Salon de 2013/14. Mis enhorabuenas a todos los ganadores de los premios y a los otros finalistas, había un nivel altísimo y es un honor estar allí entre artistas tan talentosos del panorama artístico figurativo internacional. Estos son mis cuadros finalistas:

 

"Consuming Desire", oil on linen (quadriptych), 220x300cm

"Rubbish", oil on linen, 100x150cm

"Viaje de no retorno" at Enlace Arte Contemporáneo by Michele Del Campo

Video animation after "Viaje de no retorno" by Michele Del Campo

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sw3WWxurICY] I did not know what had been of that idea that lit up Antonio's eyes when he saw my sketchbooks for the "Viaje de no retorno" exhibition.  He asked me to scan some of my sketchbook pages and to give him all the material related to my exhibition in order to make a video animation. Antonio Dinapoli is a video editor and motion graphics artist and also a very good friend of mine. I met him in London but we share the same origin in Puglia, a southern Italian region.

He told me with enthusiasm about contemporary techniques of creative videos called "Motion Graphics", but I did not understand how it would look like with my work until several weeks later, when he showed me this video. The sketches, texts and photos overlap, fluctuate and merge to tell the creative process and generate the final paintings, while the sounds, sampled from the real world, accompany the images and help the narration. I think it is a wonderful work.

ESPAÑOL

Ya no sabía qué había sido de esa idea que tuvo Antonio y que le hizo brillar los ojos cuando, al ver mis cuadernos de dibujo para la exposición "Viaje de no retorno", me los pidió escaneados para animarlos en un video. Antonio Dinapoli es un editor de videos muy buen amigo mio, nos conocimos hace unos años en Londres pero compartimos un origen común en las mismas tierras de Apulia, en el sur de Italia.

Me habló de técnicas de video creativo llamadas "motion graphics", yo no sabía qué eran y tampoco me ayudaba a hacerme la idea lo que él con entusiasmo me decía que haría con esas imágenes extraidas de mis cuadernos, hasta que, tras alguna semana, me mostró este vídeo. Los bocetos, los textos y las fotos se sobreponen, flotan y se funden para generar los cuadros, mientras los sonidos extraidos directamente de la realidad acompañan las imágenes y favorecen la narración. Me parece un trabajo maravilloso.

"El paso" (The Passage) by Michele Del Campo

I wanted to suggest an ambiguous interpretation of my last painting by naming it "El paso" (The Passage).

The painting has few elements but it is full of symbolism, such as the river, the far away land, the bridge and its columns which remind us of sacred temples and its sacred rituals, the purifying but also dangerous water, the dusk light...

The painting is set in the framework of my next solo exhibition "Viaje de no retorno" (Journey of no Return) at the Galería Enlace Arte Contemporáneo in Lima.

ESPAÑOL:

He querido sugerir una lectura ambigua de mi último cuadro poniendole como título "El paso".

Es un cuadro con pocos elementos pero lleno de simbolismo, como el río, la tierra lejana e casi inalcanzable, el puente con las columnas que recuerdan un poco los templos y a sus rituales sagrados, el agua purificadora y al mismo tiempo peligrosa, la luz del atardecer...

El cuadro se inscribe dentro del marco de mi próxima exposición "Viaje de no retorno" en la Galería Enlace Arte Contemporáneo de Lima.

My next painting by Michele Del Campo

I'm working on a new painting that has taken me many studies and a long research for reference material in scrapyards. I ended up finding what I needed in a visit to a scrapyard near Valencia, in Spain. Now the final sketch is almost definitive. I will start the painting next week and, after all the amount of work in sketches and research for this, I really look forward to enjoying the painting process.

"La pelea", the process by Michele Del Campo

My paintings have a complex construction most of the times and here I show an example of how I use my reference material to convey the visual idea that I originally have in mind. Sketches are the first and most important stage of the creative process, they are a dialectic research inside one's own resorces. Sketches do not only fix visual thoughts on a permanent support but also catalize their development from the stage of an abstract concept.

Photography is the following stage, the skecthes become now my guide towards a richer source of reference. Nevertheless, photography also contributes to develop further the initial idea, as they confront one with reality, which has to be tackled with a more adaptive approach.

The next stage is working out the composition through a rough elaboration of the photographic references, which can be many and from various sessions.

Finally I take the brushes for the real painting. Here I re-interpret and re-adjust the information that I extract from my rough photographic composition giving it the intention that comes from my original idea. I can also change completely the appearance of some character if I need (in this painting, for example, the central character, the guy that struggles to start the fight, appears also on the right hand side, leaning against the wall, but I changed his appearance).

This is the original reference material