Saturday, May 30, 2009

Francesco Clemente.

There is  fine line between reality and fantasy. It is like that feeling of deja vu when you see something and you think that you have experienced it before, only to realise that it happened in a dream, or a memory from your past that seems so distant like a dream. All those scenarios seem to create a distinct feeling of its own. Something familiar yet strange; a confused state of sorts. 

Francesco Clemente is an art prodigy. His works show both surrealist and expressionist references. He is an Italian self-taught painter, who studied architecture in 1970 at the University of Rome. He was born in Naples and moved to New York in the 1980s. If you find his work strangely familiar, he did provide the paintings in the movie, "Great Expectations". 

I love his commissioned portraits that he has done. They always seem to capture the soul of his subject but in his distinct style (without being looking too much like still life). I do understand that he does not paint from photos, the subject must be present for the sitting. Now I wonder how much would it cost for him to paint me? I'd love to be his subject. Maybe one more item to go on the "to do list" before I expire.



A Portrait of Gianfranco Ferre, an Italian Fashion Designer.

Self Portrait with a heart of a lemon.

Gwyneth Paltrow for the movie "Great Expectations".

Another painting for the movie, "Great Expectations".

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