Art expresses a fundamental part of what it means to be human. It is through art that the conflicts of life can be explored, better understood, brought to the surface and put into new relationships with each other. I believe we are living in an unprecedented time of the breakdown in human relationships and interactions. This is happening from the individual and personal level to the opposite geopolitical end of the spectrum. We tend to think of interactivity in terms of technology these days rather than as human feeling and connection.
Francesco Ruspoli’s work is an exploration of relational space and its changing possibilities within contemporary society. His work explores the dynamic frontier between abstraction and figuration. This fertile area keeps alive the infinite possibilities of being human in an age intent upon limiting them. There is a defiant romanticism that insists that emotions are precious, meaning is creative and that there is a world beyond commodities.
Using a strikingly vibrant palette, each painting enacts a symphonic dance of colour where subtle gradation and dramatic contrast express nuances of emotion and sensuous physicality. Timely reminder of our embodied life with its hopes and dreams, pain and the poignancy of yearning. The eternal human dance of reaching out and holding back is thus movingly enacted.
The work expresses the direct sensation of lived experience through organic shapes and forms woven from flowing lines and the gaze of the viewer. You are invited to participate in a creative encounter with these elements, constructing your own visual languages, responses and meanings. From this aesthetic encounter, urgent questions will arise about the quality of engagement between humans and their many environments. It is hoped there also follows an increased sense of wonder at your own capacity for re-interpretation and invention that will uplift both you and the world in which you live: this is the very essence of hope.
Born in 1958 in Paris from a British mother with a French background and a Belgian father with an Italian background, Ruspoli has presented his work in international art fairs and international galleries increasing worldwide exposure.
He has been recipient of a number of important international awards and medals such as to mention a few: Eugene Fromentin Award and Gold Medal in France, Masters Award and Honorable Award in USA, Gold Medal in China, Honorary Award of Distinction and Honorable Award in UK, Silver Medal in Italy.
Inspired by his surrounding Ruspoli moved towards a new way of working stimulated by the influences of artists such as Chaim Soutine, Georges Rouault, Henri Matisse, Edward Munch and Egon Schiele.
Ruspoli art work places the human figures in an abstract environment supported by a vivid use of colours where subtle gradation and dramatic contrast express nuance of emotion and sensuous physicality. The work also expresses the direct sensation of lived experience through organic shapes and forms woven from flowing lines and the gaze of the viewer. You are invited to participate in a creative encounter with these elements constructing your own visual languages and meanings.
Ruspoli is internationally awarded with some of his paintings in Museum’s permanent collections.
“Art is about sharing visual ideas. My canvas may not have a front or a back cover but I try with each study, each painting to represent a work to be read rather than stared at. If through my work as an artist I am able to stimulate thoughts and feelings then I have achieved my goal.”
We are a gallery dedicated to showcasing the work and raising the profiles of emerging local, national and international artists.
We show a mixture of contemporary & experimental art that questions what art is and what art could be.
135 Maple Road
Thursday - Saturday
11am - 5pm
by prior appointment