Pro Bono / Like a butter from a knife

Guglielmo Castelli

  • Pro Bono
  • Oil and acrylic on canvas
  • 240 x 180 cm
  • Courtesy of the artist and Francesca Antonini, Rome
  • Like a butter from a knife
  • 2018
  • Oil on paper 235 x 150 cm
  • Courtesy of the artist and Francesca Antonini, Rome

From the sketchbook to the final painting, Guglielmo Castelli uses a multitude of layers that allow him to explore his subjects, carefully selecting, experimenting, translating and distorting them.

Looking at the human or animal body as a landscape, Guglielmo Castelli forms melancholic, fragile and violent distortions. It operates a cartography of the subjects and comes to build spaces and environments around them. By deploying multicolored fields of pastels and oil colors, the fluid figures staged cinematographically go beyond the frame, exist between spaces and transform their environment into scenes that visitors are invited to enter to immerse themselves in unpublished stories . Thus, with Pro Bono (for the public good) the artist seems to give back his freedom to the mutilated horse represented on the pediment of the Church Saint-Hilaire.

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photo artiste Guglielmo Castelli

Guglielmo Castelli’s painting reveals an hybrid and subtly violent iconographic universe, where bodies and objects ceaselessly merge one into another. Human figures — investigated in both their physical and mental extension — are the subject of his representation, while space is his experimental field.

Castelli questions the relation between inner and outer space, between bowels and environment, and somehow overturns the precepts of Italian Renaissance painting, with its strict geometric and rational system. Released from any constraint, figures slip and overlap on either neutral backdrops or unfamiliar landscapes, flowing like lightning flashes, clouds at dusk and wind-torn vegetation. From fluid and wide, his brushstrokes coagulate into thick knots that are used to portray melancholy, astonishment and wonder, while his characters melt in gentle yet cruel chromatic accents, suspended in uncertain postures that reflect an unsteady grip on reality.

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