The exhibition at the Artiaco gallery is part of two important personal exhibitions of the artist. On Saturday 21 October, Centro Per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato inaugurates a retrospective dedicated to the artist, in collaboration with the Musée de Grenoble, where his anthology has just ended. The two exhibitions that include works from prestigious European public and private collections, including numerous Neapolitan collections, illustrate the evolution of the artist's work over time.
Born in 1945 in Cornwall, David Tremlett currently lives in Bovingdon, England. It has a consolidated relationship with Alfonso Artiaco gallery as evidenced by the exhibitions of 1991, 1996 and 2001. The Rione Alto Metro Station in Naples was built in 2002.
Typical of this artist's research are the Wall Drawings and the works on paper, each mirror of the other, executed with pastels where colour and geometric compositions dominate to define the space in an architectural key. "I realize from this point of view, that I work a bit like an architect. I have a dreamlike vision of space, of how walls, ceilings and windows; how all these elements can work together ". (David Tremlett)
Tremlett studied sculpture at the Royal College of Art. The first phase of his career is an analytical and conceptual phase in which colour is absent. Starting from the 70s, he begins to undertake great journeys (Australia, Asia, Africa,...), which become an integral part of his artistic practice. He then develops a form of annotation of the journey, of the landscape and of the feelings experienced during one's travels: writings, drawings, photographs, films or recordings. Even the materials used are those suitable for any type of luggage: graphite and small-format paper sheets. Each of the sheets will collect the artist's notes to become part of a geometric shape in future works. The work "Two circles" (1975) is an example of this: two circles of the same size installed next to each other. The first consists of sheets of the same size with notes on their journey and the second consists of black and white photographs taken on the same occasion.
Starting from the 80s, David Tremlett introduces colour, pastels, in his works and creates his modern "frescoes" (wall drawings) for the walls of museums, buildings, homes and galleries, sacred spaces such as churches or chapels. It is the artist himself who declares that the evolution of the colour used in his works derives from his frequentation of Italy: "In Italy, I was surrounded by frescoes by Giotto, Piero della Francesca, Mantegna (...) I was immersed in colour and I felt I had to change my way of drawing." (David Tremlett)
The way in which light reflects on colour is becoming increasingly important, as shown by the wall drawings exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Benesse Museum, Japan; the Mamac, France or the British Embassy in Berlin.
David Tremlett will create an important Wall Drawing at the Artiaco gallery designed for the architecture of the gallery and large works on paper that exemplify his path, always open to new colour experiments and innovations.