Oil paint, acrylic and pencil on canvas
About the Artist
Jacopo Dal Bello (b.1989, Italy) is a visual artist whose practice is transformed through the process of imagination and experimentation. The work develop the process of painting through drawing and drawing through painting. The influences and images come from different contexts; from the history of painting, popular culture and other types of visual communication. These will often coexist in a fragmentary and unsolved way, underlining the similarities and differences between them. Through the collision of historical and fictional moments, the elements are pushed out of their comfort zone and their narrative and history are questioned. In these constructions, pale arrangements of paper, text, pigment, and discarded personal belongings are artfully juxtaposed to create a place of memory and poetic evocation. The mark of the artist is found across canvas, paper, and textile delineated in rich expressive lines and shapes — a view into the alchemical process of making art. Jacopo lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
About the Artwork
The centrality of sketching is evident in a-n. For this work, various parts of canvases were sewn together, each bearing visible marks and a different history. Some of these marks served as starting points for additional scribbles and lines, from which the figure emerged and contributed to the overall sense of movement. However, it is the more figurative details of the animal figure that imbue meaning into the scribbles within the composition. The combination of canvas pieces creates a landscape-like effect that, when combined with other visual fragments, results in a figurative painting, despite the abstract nature of many of the components.