Critchley, the Englishman who loves Abruzzo exhibits at Br1
Bruno Peca's Br1 space, in Largo Belvedere in Montesilvano Colle, has been hosting since last Friday the exhibition of the English painter Paul Critchley, who has decided to live in Abruzzo, and precisely in Farindola.
Born in Rainford 50 years ago, a multifaceted English artist who grew up in Liverpool and is currently present in the art houses of the major European capitals with his works, we find him extraordinarily on show at Br1 on the occasion of 'FUD, espressioni di gusto', an exhibition that saw Cristian Di Tillio, of the Il Ritrovo d'Abruzzo (Civitella Casanova) restaurant, as the protagonist of the cooking show. Before him, chefs Marcello Spadone (La Bandiera restaurant, one Michelin star) and Nicola Fossaceca (Al Metrò restaurant, one Michelin star) took turns.
But back to the exceptional presence of the English artist. "When I first started painting too much I did a lot of different images," Critchley explains of his art, "but gradually I reduced my subject matter to 'interiors and exteriors' which I describe using multiple points of view with all the distortions of scale and form, thus creating a broader feeling. These distortions," the Anglo-Abruzzese artist continues, "made me reject the standard format of the rectangular image and made me start working on irregular logical forms. The shape is an integral part of the painting and as such is not chosen arbitrarily, but it is the subject of the painting that decides the shape. For example, a painting of the corner of a house does not have to remain on a two-dimensional plane, but can itself be a corner or a three-dimensional painting. However, this logic does not mean that I am trying to reproduce a particular scene exactly - a photograph can do this - but rather the feelings and colours that arise in me at first sight to the point of removing what I consider superfluous in the work'.
There are several works on canvas presented by Critchley in the exhibition, which runs until Saturday 8 February. At first pragmatic glance, we find ourselves in front of canvases with unusual shapes, unexpected edges, perhaps assembled, installations, trompe-l'œil, models, collages, prototypes of a further aesthetic language. And it is the latter that is at the heart of Critchley's research. A painter who loves to paint on walls, almost a painter-decorator, but who does not disdain more intimate spaces, such as canvases. Critchley's choice is linked to the FUD and Br1 events that always include, within the same evening, a cooking show, an exhibition and a wine producer who explains the choice and the pairings conceived for the various menu sequences.
After Di Tillio's cooking show, Critchley's works remain, which can be admired until 8 February.