The Coningsby Gallery is pleased to announce 'Birorama: Real and Irreal Landscapes', an exhibition of biro drawings by Italian artist Alberto Repetti.
Having trained and practiced first as a fine art painter, Alberto has recently come to focus on the ballpoint pen as his main medium. Its overlooked subtleties and its versatility make it the perfect instrument for constructing the dream-like abstract landscapes and compositions he is so compelled to create. With it he is able to bring into being both delicate and mutable shades and areas of dense blackness as deep as pure ink, smoothly guiding the viewer's eye over organic forms and through accumulations of cloud-like palls.
The precision and discipline his technique requires adds tension to his practice, since there is no possibility of erasing marks once they have been created and an unexpected accumulation of ink can stain and frustrate the work of a whole day. This fine balance adds to the viewer's appreciation of Repetti's skill and his works, which invite close observation and attention.
Much of Alberto’s initial inspiration derives from the tangible landscape of this world. He seeks to draw a line of correlation between what he sees – all the forms of nature that interest him in their objective, formal meaning – and their connection to the internal landscape he perceives within himself, to which he gives shape. Combining his observational drawings with other forms and images arising from his memory and his notes, he constructs abstract yet possible, visit-able landscapes.
Alberto’s consideration of his technique relates to his appreciation of how time spent making art is, in and of itself, part of its content: “The relationship between my hand, the medium and the surface comes together to create a tangible image. The artwork is a summation of the signs and shapes I’ve perceived through the act of observing the real, and then transferred on to a sheet of paper. Time is the true protagonist, represented by the execution of the whole image”.
Alberto is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Art in Genoa. Over the past 35 years he has exhibited his paintings and drawings extensively in both his native country of Italy and internationally. ‘Birorama: Real and Irreal Landscapes’ will bring together, for the first time, a cohesive collection of his works created in biro and offers a detailed and enlightening look into this aspect of his practice.