White on White, the figurative portraits of Salman Khoshroo

White on White, the figurative portraits of Salman Khoshroo

Anna Cardaci · 1 month ago · Art

The Iranian artist Salman Khoshroo has created a series of figurative portraits entitled “White on White“. These works were created using free brushstrokes on the canvas in which the facial features of the subjects are not defined. The aim is to capture a human spark, to arouse curiosity with minimal intervention. The faces are the result of the molding of the paint and are painted with a single pigment that Salman Khoshroo applies with generously thick layers of paint, creating contours of faces with a handful of rapid movements.

Each step in the process of creating the artist’s portrait can be followed through the vision of the works. The result is a series of vividly textured paintings that, while not presenting physical characteristics, are imbued with human emotions. Through this method, Khoshroo creates

people who make you feel something, people you didn’t even know you were looking for.

Like many of his other paintings, the works in ‘White on White‘ are abstract images composed of a thickly applied painting with bold brushstrokes, obtaining a visual reminiscent of the paintings of the Impressionist art movement.

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Luca D’Urbino’s illustrations, a mirror of the present day

Luca D’Urbino’s illustrations, a mirror of the present day

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Art

More and more frequently we find ourselves having to admit that, today more than ever, an image can be more powerful than lines and lines of words and that a drawing made up of a few, simple but skilfully calibrated and studied elements can have more strength than an extremely detailed one.

Luca D’Urbino, also known as D’Urbo Design, is an exponent of this current of artists who, through a synthetic and minimalist style, go straight to the point.

Born in 1988, Luca was born in Milan, a city where he has cultivated a passion for drawing since he was very young. Only once he graduated in Industrial Design at the Politecnico did he decide to devote himself exclusively to illustration and focus on his love for pencils, colors and white paper, enrolling at MiMaster.

Today Luca D’Urbino is known internationally thanks to his works that succeed in a brilliant, clear and punctual way to tell what happens around us, dealing with issues ranging from politics to climate change. This ability to bring his art into dialogue with current affairs has attracted several heads such as La Stampa, La Repubblica, the New York Times and, last but not least, The Economist of which he has become a regular illustrator.

Discover a selection of his works in our gallery below and to find out more go to his website!

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Let’s Play Culture, Nico Skolp’s mural on a basketball court

Let’s Play Culture, Nico Skolp’s mural on a basketball court

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Art

It was finished a few days ago, Let’s Play Culture, the last work realized by Nico Skolp on the surface of a basketball court in Matera. 

Born in 1983, Nico Skolp was born in Bari and since his adolescence he has been passionate about the art of writing, focusing mainly on the study of letters and managing to go beyond the simple concept of tags. In his works, in fact, we can see a new approach that focuses on geometric shapes and abstract figures, with which Niko has managed to bring an almost scientific method within the art that is commonly linked to the idea of improvisation and total freedom. 

For five years he has been particularly active on the Matera scene thanks to the Open Playfull space project that aims to redevelop the area through artistic interventions, the last of which is Let’s Play Culture. It is a mural of over 400 square meters that covers the entire surface of a public basketball court, realized in collaboration with Quapos – German artist.

The intent, which can also be deduced from the name of the work, was to make art functional to the game

Thanks to his art, Nico Skolp is not only known in Italy but also internationally: he has participated in several European festivals of urban art and his work has appeared in several online newspapers, among which www.streetartnyc.org stands out. 

Last but not least, besides being involved with his personal works, Nico Skolp is also involved in the diffusion and promotion of graffiti art through initiatives such as the Wallness Club collective and following for Momart – art gallery and creative space – a training path with the aim of creating a first group of writers from the city of Matera. 

If you want to find out more about Nico Skolp go to his website and follow him on Instagram!

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Study in Pattern, the wooden installation by Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen

Study in Pattern, the wooden installation by Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Art

Developed as part of the Sharjah Festival of Islamic Arts, Study in Pattern is the latest work designed and produced by artist duo Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen

It is an installation built with hundreds of wooden strips that simulate the shape of a tree trunk twisting on itself. Study in Pattern, just like a real tree, starts from the floor and rises up to the ceiling of the building, allowing visitors to cross it, pass under it and be completely enveloped in it. 

In addition, the light that penetrates between the strips creates a dreamlike atmosphere that is almost suspended in time. 

The final result of the work that leaves one speechless is the dialogue between the installation and the environment that hosts it, between wood and marble, between nature and architecture.  

This is not the first time Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen use this material for their work – although initially they prefer paper – and the version presented to Shariah appears to be a reduced version of the installation that will soon be presented in Seattle. 

Discover Study in Pattern in our gallery and discover more installations by Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen on their website

PH: Obaid Albudoor / Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen

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BAVURE, the latest short film by Donato Sansone

BAVURE, the latest short film by Donato Sansone

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Art

Some people looking at a spot of color don’t see anything. Then there are those who see a whole world, a story. It is from a small brushstroke of paint that BAVURE, the latest short film by Donato Sansone, starts. 

Born in 1974, Donato Sansone studied first at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples and then at the Centro Sperimentale di Animazione in Turin. During his career, he directed several short films including “Love Cube“, “Topo glassato al cioccolato, “Portrait“, “Journal animé” and “Robhot“, with which he collected several nominations and victories at international festivals. Donato Sansone’s creativity does not end with the world of cinema, but goes as far as the world of music, curating several video clips for artists such as Subsonica, Verdena, and Afethours.

As we said, his last short film is entitled BAVURE and it is a metaphor of life, of the creation of the world, but also of artistic creation. Everything starts with tempera, a little red and a little white and the hand of a skilled artist, to give life to a body, a skeleton, a man and then a woman, a baby and the whole universe. 

BAVURE, which attracts and repulses us at the same time, has carved out a place for itself in the list of candidates for the César Prize and for this very reason the production company Autour de Minuit has published the entire short film on its YouTube channel, where it will remain visible until the end of January. Watch it below! 

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