Mixed Media on Plexiglass
42 x 42 in
107 x 107 cm
Brown Wood Frame
Artspace Warehouse (Los Angeles)
Italian artist Giuseppe Beddru brings many elements to life through a palette of vigorous colors and rich Mediterranean textures derived from the reminiscences of the former Arabic presence on his island. Giuseppe Beddru is an Italian self-taught artist originally from Sicily. His first formative years were spent in Agrigento, where the painter absorbed the influence of traditional Greek art, its mesmerizing attention to beauty and the imposing volumes of human bodies. After having admired and studied the works of the great masters, the artist decided to leave Italy and move abroad. He currently lives and paints in his studio in Brussels. His artworks are represented by Artspace Warehouse Los Angeles and have been exhibited and collected internationally, including New York, Florence and Berlin.
This one-of-a-kind 42 inch square artwork is painted behind and on top of layers of Plexiglas panels. It is framed in a dark brown wood frame. The size and price include the frame. It is wired and ready to hang. The artwork is signed by the artist on the front. Free delivery within Los Angeles area. Affordable worldwide shipping available. A certificate of authenticity issued by the gallery is included.
Beddru’s distinctive approach to painting awakes memories and experiences from an apparent state of sleep, conveying them to the present time where the observer discovers his unconventional world of art. He paints not to change the world but the way we look at it. Painting becomes a medium to represent his visions and beliefs, a way to represent humankind in a large variety of interpretations, from joy to sorrow, as all emotions deserve to be represented. His brushes break social conventions and clear out useless sophistication, leading our attention to the essence: humankind in its whole.
The artist represents those who are considered “different”, those who are rejected because of prejudice or, simply, ignorance. Atypical characters populate his artistic world and speak up loud to make their voice heard. They are there. They exist.
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Italian self-taught painter Giuseppe Beddru has distinguished himself in contributing conceptual insight to the course of contemporary art by embracing experimentation of non-traditional materials, such as thick superposed Plexiglas-panels. His formative creative years were spent in Agrigento, Sicily where he absorbed the influence of classical Greek art. Many of Beddru’s multi-media paintings include the visual motifs of classical Greek bas-relief sculpture, flattened within the confines of Plexiglas. Athletes and female portraits in profile are reminiscent of coins and popular classical imagery. After having admired and studied the works of the great masters, Beddru left Italy to continue his practice abroad.
His figurative pictorial subjects are “unconformably” represented through ink-based mixed media, applied via reverse painting techniques inspired by Italian painters from the seventeenth century. By developing variations of this technique, Beddru focuses on the use of vivid pigments to create striking vibrancy as a distinctive trait of his style. The eye of the observer is simultaneously caught by both a fascinating chromatic balance and the mystery of enigmatic figures who, from the depths of a mythological past, bring secretive symbols to our contemporary present as messages to decipher.
Reminiscent of the Fauvist movement and Italian classicism, Beddru’s bold outlines, dynamic brushstrokes and contrasting use of color make his work visually exciting. His work is extremely personal as well, drawing upon the Arab presence on the island where he grew up and his own Italian heritage. His paintings are indicative of self-discovery and emotional awareness, while also focusing on color, composition, and technical skill. This balance of visual dynamics and emotional response is essential to Beddru’s work.
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