Paolo Picozza. 4 Feb-31 March 2004. Broody, unusual landscapes of Rome in dark-tar shades. 10.00-13.00, 17.00-19.30. Mon morning and Sat afternoon closed.
Drippy, fast, sideways swipes, and black, broody horizons stretch into gritty Rome perspectives no tourist could ever imagine. This young painter is painterly and wields command over an amazing range of dark tar shades (in oils, acrylics, industrial enamels and pitch). These work from coal-black tar, through cement-greys and car-body beiges, to gull-wing whites. Though the colour is sombre it isnt sad.
In these works there is something of the more fussy Roman industrial views of post world war two Vespignani, and of the more thoughtful street and park views of Giovannoni. This young mans drive sweeps you along on wide roads and thoroughfares, along stretches of the Tiber, across bridges and through industrial suburbs, in swaths of paint loaded with energy. It is the energy that carries the viewer along, but depth of thought must be added to sustain this painters career in the long run. Edith Schloss