The American painter Ian Tweedy (Hann 1982) finally returns to Rome, after several years of absence, with a precious nucleus of unpublished works specially made for the personal exhibition entitled My Wall.
The variety of techniques that characterized the artist's youthful production, with works that delineated a path between different media, from graffiti to sculpture, from photography to drawing, now leaves room for a further gap in his research, with the conception of an exhibition of pure painting. Also in the choice of themes, there is a further passing of the witness: the mixture of the simple reportage of historical facts and its personal interpretation gives way to a new way of telling and representing facts, time and space.
The aspiration of Ian Tweedy to the construction of a new mythology linked to European and American history, the concept of appropriation - also of transcription of past and recent history - is now meeting with a broader vision of reality and of one's own life experience , generating a gap of the imagination that speaks to us with a new language.
The constant and intense work of collecting and filing images remains a central point in Tweedy research, but to this is added the construction of a more intimate biography, a more defined identity, a stratified story that lends itself to different readings. It is the construction of a new dialogue that the artist establishes with the medium of painting, with the process of image composition and with the subjects of representation. For example, the urban landscape featured in previous works is almost completely replaced by the natural one.
Nature, caught in its regenerating process, is configured in the recent pictorial works of Tweedy, as a constant element in its becoming through the seasons and in its relationship with man: it is kidnapped by her, captured and portrayed almost always by shoulders in the act of plunging into the background of the painting, as if there was a further depth, a third dimension to explore.
The artist measures himself with the canvas as if he were engaging in a theatrical representation, gradually bringing on the stage the elements that compose the sense of narration and representation. From the background emerge elements that reveal only at the end the true intent of the final composition. The protagonist is the light, dynamic and diffused that envelops the subjects portrayed and the colour that spreads to the spot, emerging from the outlines from the drawing.
Deeply investigating the personal relationship he has developed over the years with figurative painting but even more so with his personal concept of abstractionism, with My Wall, Tweedy makes an intense reconnaissance of his painter's history, laying the foundations for the infinite future possibilities.