Michele Petrelli contemporary italian artist,
describes the modern world through splashes of colour, accurately matched following the nature of colour itself, which settles on objects and reflexes itself through ambiance following the physical laws of light, observing matter in analytic way, but also trascending and abstract it with a personal taste, mere realism. The choice of sequences is permeated by the heart’s vibrations, more than the ones of the mind and contributes, together with tecnique and big size canvas of the artworks, to create an emotional explosion in the observer. The iconografic style is derived from a personal, “luminous” neo-expressionism. The synthesis doesn’t simply affects the strong line of the palette knife, the fast brushwork, or the reduction to monocromy or bicromy. In these “impressions” Petrelli freezes the most inner expressions.
The “No fear of Dark” project was born because of a huge desire of socio-cultural change. Being unable to modify the external space, the contemporary italian artist Petrelli transfigures himself, portraying himself with alien and vegetal appearence, using monocromies with the prevalence of black. The black-prevalent paintings are real “wooden totems” on which Petrelli often ceates a big materic relief. Sometimes subjects are hovering into void, other times they sink into marine abysses, or emerge from a twine of shapes, lines of light dissolve into abstract. Infinite perspectives of powerful architectures or very fragile structures, which may be moved by a blow of wind are the background of an intense onyric scheme. In “Unhuman Compassion” and “The Dream Devourer”, Petrelli depicts the infinite impotence of the human being in front of the occult, the “non-manifest”.
The artist gains a prophetic power, an intuition coming from the falling of all mental patterns. If we were ufologists or psychics, we may say those visions can originate from a parallel dimension. A means to unveil to the ordinary man something happening in one of the three Times (present, past or future).
Sometimes the subjects look pure and free, sometimes even ugly and gloomy. In this naturalness, without aesthetic patterns, is unveiled the real mood of that person, in that specific instant. The dynamism of the lines highlights this unstoppable succession of continuously evolving states. Frequently the author will hear from their words that “their gaze is hunting” or that “they are alive”…
The contemporary italian artist Petrelli is a story teller too. He loves illustrative language, graphic novels, caricatures etc. He prefers a pencil or the traditional techniques: oil, watercolors, oil pastels or acrylics.