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At long last I am doing a post to link up with Paint Monthly over on Barbara's Coastal Ripples Blog, I'm not sure what happened to May!
The Artist that painted these photo-realistic flower paintings is Luciano Ventrone who was born in Rome in 1942 but moved to Denmark when he was six. He studied Art in Rome followed by Architecture and by 1983 after painting in many contemporary styles, began to paint Realism from Nature showing more and more detail which is almost invisible to the eye. Here is a link to his website which shows his technique.
These paintings look even more spectacular when seen close up. The Albemarle Gallery in London posted this at the time of the exhibition:
Luciano VentroneLuciano Ventrone’s paintings ‘invite a mood of pure contemplation’ from the viewer; they are works of masterful skill and supreme aesthetic beauty. Though he admits sharing a strong affinity for the work of Caravaggio, Ventrone does not consider himself a realist painter in the traditional sense. He paints real objects but, because of his utilisation of certain contemporary techniques as part of the artistic process, the objects depicted are transported into a metaphysical, hyper-real context. What we see in a Ventrone painting is not ‘real’ because it is not what we would see were we to look with the naked eye - We see more. Ventrone shows us things more fully and more clearly than they appear to us in reality; everything is in focus, everything can be scrutinised. He allows us to notice every blemish and admire every curve of flesh in a piece of fruit or on a naked female form. Set against monochromatic backgrounds of white, grey or black, the subject is lit from multiple angles, allowing for a full and objective appraisal of what we behold. Thus, what Ventrone shows us is, in his own words, a ‘Mondo Parallelo’ or ‘Parallel World’; a Universe that shares the same starting point but a different system of evolution to our own.
Edward Lucie-Smith Art Historian, Critic and Author
All paintings are oil on mixed media on linen
The mixed media include pencil, watercolour, acrylic & amber resins.Cheerio