Gabriele de Santis - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, February 12, 2015 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private Collection

  • Catalogue Essay

    'I use the marble as a way to utilize mark-making. On top of richly patterned marbles, I paint monochrome negatives of parenthesis marks. In diptych form, they are a suggestion of opening and closing, allowing the viewer to imagine their own contents within the succession of beginning and end. I am really interested in the reference to language – parenthesis gives extra information or context to sentences. In a similar manner, this series is an attempt to add extra context to painting. Using the background texture, premade by nature, and imposing areas of monochrome on top, I am playing with the hierarchy of background and foreground within painting. Other works in the series play with the ambiguity of language and the symbols that create it. The simple ‘(’ parenthesis mark is rotated, forming a smile. Other parenthesis marks seem to become moustaches, music notes or utensils.'

    - Gabriele de Santis



marble, acrylic on panel, in artist's frame
122.2 x 92.2 cm (48 1/8 x 36 1/4 in.)

£8,000 - 12,000 ‡♠

Sold for £15,000

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Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 13 February 2015 2pm