Arturo Di Stefano

New Paintings

9 June - 3 July 2017

Arturo Di Stefano's latest series of paintings is called Cangiante, and like the title of his last show at Purdy Hicks Gallery, Fat over lean, the title refers to a painting technique, in this case one that dates from the Renaissance, in which a different colour rather than a darker hue was used to suggest depth to a given form.

Cangiante derives from the Italian word Cangiare: to change. It also has other connotations pertinent to the activity of painting: iridescence; simultaneous colour contrast; optical glare and so on.

The subjects in the recent paintings range from a window in the Pitti Palace, an Italian blind, a poet and a guitarist. The artist's east London studio is depicted both empty and full of the usual painter's paraphernalia - stretchers, tubes of paint, canvases in states of progress and completion. There are several gallery interiors including three views of the Gallery of Modern Art in Palermo, formerly a Franciscan convent, a place where art and belief have become in a secular, ocular sense indivisible.

As Paul Moorhouse in his catalogue essay to the exhibition writes, '..... Di Stefano's paintings provide a view of reality that stands apart. They describe the world but present it afresh'.