An exhibition of Michele Del Campo’s work has opened at Karamel in Wood Green and runs until 8th July 2016.
”Del Campo’s vibrant, uplifting, energetic, expressive paintings are pure observations of people and the world they live in whether walking in the street or relaxing on a warm Mediterranean beach.
His confident brush strokes bring his canvases to life with light and colour jumping off the surface to capture the viewer’s attention. Del Campo observes people browsing through shops or deep in conversation, his paintings are informative and narrative with the freshness and clarity of the southern sun.”
In “Daydreamers” – his ongoing series of paintings – he depicts an idle and melancholic youth, beautiful and kissed by the bright Mediterranean sun, but they appear aloof and immersed in an unfulfilled inner world.
In “Life On The Edge” – another ongoing series – he expresses, in a more dramatic form, the isolation, the loneliness and the sense of loss of the individual.
He paints both from life and from photos, according to the complexity of the composition. His works from photos are careful combinations of a number of different reference photographs that he has taken to models, objects and spaces in different times and places. He paints often on large formats with the freshness and sensuality of a very personal wet on wet technique.
Del Campo was born in 1976 in San Nicandro Garganico, a small town in rural South Italy. When he was 18 he moved to Milan (Italy), where he started his Fine Art studies, then he went to study in Falmouth (UK), Dundee (UK) and Madrid (Spain). In 2008 he moved to London (UK), where he now lives and works. He has a degree in Fine Arts from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid (Spain, 2007), and a degree in Illustration and Printmaking from the University of Dundee (UK, 2001).
Del Campo has had solo exhibitions in Italy, Spain, UK, Switzerland and Peru, and group exhibitions around Europe, US and Asia, and has won many art prizes, among which the 35.000 Euros Premio BMW in 2006, given by Queen Sofía of Spain.
The exhibition runs until 8th July 2016 at Karamel, 4 Coburg Road, London N22 6UJ. Free admission. Open: Monday/Tuesday 10am-4pm, Wed/Thu/Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 11am-8pm, Sunday 1pm-8pm.