Antonio Clemente

Art for me is evocative; it tells a story of who I am. It is not a narrative. The primary emotions intimate to me, that no-one else sees, are embedded in my paintings and photographs. Cryptic messages, expressed through complex layers where each layer serves a purpose, tell the story for me and about me. My works are enigmatic – an open-ended story of short messages.

Although I work deliberately, consciously employing both traditional and innovative techniques, my subconscious is the undisputed project manager. My arrangements are schematic, inviting the viewer to move into a space of speculation, reproducing familiar surrounding and arranging them into conceptual layers.

My paintings are over-scaled. I need planes in which to physically move the paint around. Experimentation is crucial to this process – again, this form of experimentation with chemicals, solvents, pigments, oils and acrylics is highly physical – it requires an expansive surface for the alchemy to take place. The slide photography is in sympathy with the painting process. The micro layered slides are physically hand-manipulated, connecting my practice with photographic traditions, principally the photographer’s relationship with the camera – that unknowingness where what is captured is a mystery until it is processed and hand-layered. In many ways, it is up to the viewer of my works to complete me through layering their own experiences, narratives and filters onto the works they connect with.

1100mm x 1500mm

1000mm x 1400mm

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