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Nicola Samorì

Press release

Nicola Samorì – In abisso

Samorì’s works often refer to Italian 17th-century painting. His still lifes, portraits and landscapes develop through enormous technical skills over a long span of time and through numerous layers of paint on stone, copper, wood or canvas. But Samorì withholds the „finished” painting from us and purposely destroys the image surface and attacks it with palette-knifes, diluent or his bare hands. Physicalness and the body are most important for Samorì’s paintings. By focusing on the materiality and artificiality of the image, Samorì negates classical representation and questions painting itself.