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Matteo Massagrande: Luci della Grecia: Light of Greece

Pontone Gallery, London

Mon 3 Apr 2023 to Sun 7 May 2023

74 Newman Street, W1T 3DB Matteo Massagrande: Luci della Grecia: Light of Greece

Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

Artist: Matteo Massagrande

Special event: Collectors Evening. Thursday 4 May, 6pm-8pm




Pontone Gallery presents a new sequence of paintings by the critically-acclaimed, Italian artist, Matteo Massagrande. These pictures explore vistas of sun-bleached, Greek architecture that disclose fragmented views of Mediterranean land, sea and sky. Painted in a cool, blue-tinted palette, they are masterful evocations of a particularly atmospheric quality of crystalline sunlight.


Artworks

Matteo Massagrande, Luci della Grecia I, 2022

Oil and mixed media on board

200 × 150 cm

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Matteo Massagrande, Luci della Grecia II, 2022

Oil and mixed media on board

60 × 50 cm

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Matteo Massagrande, Luci della Grecia III, 2022

Oil and mixed media on board

40 × 40 cm

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Matteo Massagrande, Luci della Grecia IX, 2022

Oil and mixed media on board

30 × 30 cm

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Matteo Massagrande, Luci della Grecia V, 2022

Oil and mixed media on board

20 × 20 cm

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Matteo Massagrande, Luci della Grecia VI, 2022

Oil and mixed media on board

60 × 30 cm

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Matteo Massagrande, Luci della Grecia VII, 2022

Oil and mixed media on board

40 × 40 cm

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Matteo Massagrande, Luci della Grecia VIII, 2022

Oil and mixed media on board

80 × 60 cm

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Matteo Massagrande, Luci della Grecia X, 2022

Oil and mixed media on board

70 × 50 cm

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Matteo Massagrande, Luci della Grecia XI, 2022

Oil and mixed media on board

40 × 40 cm

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Matteo Massagrande, Luci della Grecia XII, 2022

Oil and mixed media on board

80 × 60 cm

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Matteo Massagrande, Luci della Grecia XIII, 2022

Oil and mixed media on board

80 × 60 cm

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Matteo Massagrande, Luci della Grecia XIV, 2022

Oil and mixed media on board

30 × 30 cm

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Matteo Massagrande, Luci della Grecia XIX, 2022

Oil and mixed media on board

70 × 40 cm

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Matteo Massagrande, Luci della Grecia XV, 2022

Oil and mixed media on board

60 × 60 cm

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Matteo Massagrande, Luci della Grecia XVI, 2022

Oil and mixed media on board

70 × 40 cm

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Matteo Massagrande, Luci della Grecia XVII, 2022

Oil and mixed media on board

50 × 40 cm

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Matteo Massagrande, Luci della Grecia XVIII, 2022

Oil and mixed media on board

80 × 60 cm

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Matteo Massagrande, Luci della Grecia XX, 2022

Oil and mixed media on board

20 × 20 cm

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Matteo Massagrande, Luci della Grecia XXI, 2022

Oil and mixed media on board

60 × 35 cm

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Matteo Massagrande, Luci della Grecia XXII, 2022

Oil and mixed media on board

70 × 50 cm

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This painter’s superlative representational technique is evident in his deft handling, comprehensive understanding of colour and, above all, a remarkable ability to accurately define values of light and shade. His scenes are meticulously constructed. Built over a solid framework of line and contour that defines the three-dimensional space, they are fleshed out by a careful marshalling of closely-observed and fluently-expressed shade, tint and hue. Massagrandes’s considered and painstaking approach produces images of meditative sophistication. This makes for flattering correspondence with the classical masters he so reveres.

Massagrande is a great manipulator of perspective. His compositions are complex, carefully wrought structures that contain, mask and reveal, to lead the eye into, through and beyond the picture plane. He implements subtle distortions and combinations of views that sustain an illusion of coherent physical space. The eye is seduced and invited to wander seamlessly, investigating, resting and moving on through his evocative interpretations.

These scenarios are uninhabited, but not empty: human activity and occupation has left its mark on time-worn interiors. The paint on walls, doors and windows is often scuffed and peeling; tiles are cracked; metalwork rusts; plants grow wild and penetrate the buildings’ fabric. These are sites shaped by time and use. They are ambiguous: sometimes it is uncertain whether they are abandoned. Nevertheless, there is a palpable sense of imminent presence, an absence about to be filled. In these works we sense a continuity of lives lived and the implication of more to come.

Matteo Massagrande, Luci della Grecia XIII, 2022. Oil and mixed media on board 60 x 80 cm / 23.6 x 31.5 in

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