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Amarilli A

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My website: amarilliart.com
My e-mail: ama @ amarilliart .com

Artist Statement


Art is for me like a magical Bridge between the Visible and the Invisible.

I paint natural or supernatural creatures from folklore, myths and fairy tale with oils, acrylics, or mixed media.
In my works, I try to transmit love and respect for innocence and my attraction to the mysterious and to what is hidden and layered.
Unlike the colleagues who choose to focus on the current things to criticize or denounce, I prefer, for my part, to concentrate on subjects which make me happy and which I burn for, digging all the way down to the ancient roots of history and tapping in the most atemporal dimension I manage to access : I aim for my paintings to be as timeless as it is in my power to make them.

I enjoy to explore the magical, often forgotten, aspects of reality : a dimension of mystery and play, harmony and peace, still existing even though often well hidden under mundane happenings and in daily life.
A. de St.-Exupéry said 'The essential is invisible to the eyes'. I think a painter's task is 'to find the essential', and make it visible for everyone who wants to see and enjoy it.

I often like to depict characters which might look “scary” at a first approach and which, when seen without prejudices, reveal a positive aspect of wisdom, compassion, or protection, and sometimes also of transformation of the negative into positive.
I am fascinated by the figure of the Guardian, which is inherently good and protecting, but which has also a scary, terrible aspect: it has to scare away what threatens its protégé, so it must have claws and teeth to defend what is good, wise, innocent.

Though my way of thinking may be distant from the main streams, visual art is my way to encourage people to seek for the most innocent and harmonious part of things. And I confess that, along the lines of "ancient thinking" and in contraddiction with many a contemporary trend, I consider beauty an absolute value, and its mocking a taboo.


Professional Information


I am an italian figurative artist (painter, illustrator and interior decorator).
I have studied Art at the Brera Art Academy in Milan, Italy, and at the Superior School of Applied Arts of The Sforza Castle in Milan.
I have been living and working in Norway from year 1994 to 2000, in the city of Bergen, then moved back to Italy after this very enriching experience. As a result, my art is sometimes influenced by nordic mythology.
I live now in the area of Siena, and work at my personal painting projects, as well as for an interior decoration company operating mostly in the tuscan area but occasionally also nationally and abroad.
I am open to any kind of commissions pertaining to my style, and I have a special preference for fantasy portraiture. You can reach me at the following e-mail address for any proposal : store @ nuitdivine.com.

Review


(...)Amarilli rides free on the 'wild horse of fantasy', exploring a world where supernatural creatures (centaurs, mermaids, tritons who play violins, celestial women whose bodies are made of constellations, Pan child, fairies, elfes) move around with complete ease in scenarios characterized by quiet and serene idyll, and live, as if it was their natural habitat, on the sweet hills of Tuscany, between cypresses and emerald green fields. In this way the leggendary elements make their appearance in daily life without upsetting the peace of the landscape, indeed harmonizing with it. Thanks to the fable dimension, the fracture between reality and imagination is abolished. (...)
Gabriele Turola, Ferrara International Convention 'Magica. The magic in the Art', nov.2002

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