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METROPOLIS GALLERY – Riccardo Angelo: Inhabited Landscapes

24 August 2019 @ 9:00 am - 15 September 2019 @ 4:00 pm

METROPOLIS GALLERY - Riccardo Angelo 'Figures and Trees' 2019, Mixed Media 19cm x 29cm

Riccardo Angelo’s paintings defy gravity, capturing intersections of time, space, landscape and history – a world of weightless figures in trees and rocky outcrops. These visions of temporal places document ever-changing stories where landscape holds the activities of human habitation.

METROPOLIS GALLERY - Riccardo Angelo 'Riders' 2019 Mixed Media on Stretched Canvas, Framed 30.5 x 40.5cm
Riccardo Angelo ‘Riders’ 2019 Mixed media on stretched canvas 30.5 x 40.5cm

The paintings try to capture a temporal sensation. Time and space. Transience. Light finds forms – images are lost and found. The human form inhabits the spaces with all its frailty, splendor and perversity.

Painting and drawing field trips to Hanging Rock in the Macedon Ranges, Victoria, have inspired my artworks in recent years. It’s an awe-inspiring and majestic place. These landscapes are captivatingly strange and in many ways, quite theatrical. The giant rock formations stand side by side, oddly positioned in clusters, as if at a gathering.

METROPOLIS GALLERY - Riccardo Angelo 'The Gathering' 2019 Acrylic on stretched canvas 76.2 x 101.6cm
Riccardo Angelo ‘The Gathering’ 2019 Acrylic on stretched canvas 76.2 x 101.6cm

Some parts of this landscape look like figures conversing, some have their backs to me, some look like they are conspiring or watching, as if witness to something sacred and important; some sit in stern judgment. My imagination runs wild! It leads me to ask questions: What’s going on? What does it mean? What’s happened here?

I often visit early mornings, when no one is around. It’s quiet – things appear dormant or in slumber. A burst of sunlight can change the whole place. Whatever it was I was looking at is now something else. I’m in a different space – the characters have changed. Faces appear. New angry forms dart outwards from the sky. Trees are full of knowing. Clouds are endless possibilities and configurations.

To the landscape, I bring my own present feelings, as I do in the studio. Compositions begin from sketches or memory. Faces appear and disappear on the surface as I apply more paint. I react to marks placed – decide what to keep, take risks and lose some in order to find others. (Riccardo Angelo 2019)

Riccardo Angelo 'Glow Reach' 2018 Mixed Media 26.5cm x 22cm
Riccardo Angelo ‘Glow Reach’ 2018 Mixed Media 26.5cm x 22cm


24 August 2019 @ 9:00 am
15 September 2019 @ 4:00 pm
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Metropolis Gallery
5221 6505


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64 Ryrie Street
Geelong, Victoria 3220 Australia
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