My work “His Lordship-Villa Campestri” is now on display at Villa CAMPESTRI Olive Oil Resort in Vicchio di Mugello.
One of the most suffered etchings, lately
Experimenting from start to finish, this a representation of the ideal Cyprus tree.
It can be physically found at Villa Campestri, near Vicchio, in the Tuscan Mugello region.
It started with a graphical image of the background trees, and on the main tree (etching).
Followed by a saltgrain aquatint on the background.
I then started an etching of the tree’s branches.
Last but not least, I proceeded to aquatint the Lordship itself!
The final aquatint was a bit too dark, so the second state includes a Burnisher pass over parts of his Lordship.
So this is what His Lordship looks like at the moment.
A limited series have been pulled of this state.
Thanks to the collaboration with Master Papermaker Sandro Tiberi from Fabriano, I am pleased to announce a new line of products!
When you have the luck to work with a Master Papermaker’ like Sandro Tiberi, to print a linocut on his freshly made paper, is a dream!
My first attempt at a human figure.
This is my representation of the Sogni Zodiacali series.
Etching is a matter of texture. It’s a zen product.
(Thanks Daria for modelling).
During my pilgrimage with trees, I am finding that some abstract paintings help concentrate.
In the Celtic tradition there’s the idea that some trees connect us to the underworld.
But this I found this out well after having had this image in my mind, and etched it on iron.
Using a technique similar to that of Kintsugi, I tried to mend, what was broken.
An idea, a relationship, an etching.
The Cyprus Tree, was halved.
Without wanting to, I’d broken a drypoint on Plexiglass.
I let the loss of the etching settle, so as to face the idea of printing them separately.
So I printed it (them), in three copies, plus a proof print.
I then applied a thin layer of gold, to the proof print, so as to mend the damage.
Tuscany is renowned for its Cyprus trees. A typical country road, is often marked by rows of them. In popular culture, a Cyprus tree would be planted at the birth of every son, or daughter.
Though they look similar, once you observe them, you can find many differences, also depending on the ground they grow in.
I first started etching Cyprusses nearly 50 years ago, when at art school.
Now I have the opportunity to work on these matchstick giants.
I decided to start a new one immediately, or the energy would have gone away.
I’m quite pleased with it. I will now have to decide, what to add, and if, of the landscape.