On show is a collection of paintings spanning the last three years of his artistic practice, works which are not only playful but also thought provoking. They are the depiction of the deconstruction of natural forms and elements, which have been inspirationally drawn from the Artist’s origins and upbringing.
Pennisi’s paintings are deeply rooted in the use of symbolism and illustrational techniques. Growing up in the coastline of Sicily, south of Italy, the artist has always been greatly inspired by nature, which is often depicted with bright colours and thick expressive brush strokes. Pennisi plays with illusionary shapes, at times edging towards the abstract, which have the ability to communicate with our memories and subconscious. The movement in his artistic decision-making can be said to be a metaphorical portrayal of the sea and the recurring theme of waves, the shaking of the surface.
With complete freedom and an enduring willingness to explore his impulsive, almost childlike painting techniques, represent both playtime and profound meditation. The soul, freed from the weight of the body, is depicted by the artist as different birds. The Phoenix, the mythological bird that burns in flames and rises from its ashes, is the representation of the metamorphosis of the matter. In Pennisi’s work, this continuous life cycle occurring by opposing forces achieves absolute harmony.