“What strange objects these paintings of Marco Crivello’s are. Each stands there on the gallery wall weathered and burnished, self-contained and almost immaculate, like some natural curio – a glistening pebble, a whorled shell – brought in from a ramble in the wild.” From “Possible Worlds” exhibition catalogue by Julian Bell.
Marco Crivello is a well-established artist having exhibited at numerous exhibitions in the UK. His landscapes sit between representation and abstraction. Working mainly in oils yet finding constant inspiration through the unforeseen fusion of different media such as cellulose spray paint, salt, acrylics and dutch gold leaf he has become as Julian Bell describes him, a “masterly technician”. Natural organic processes of oxidation and patination are gently controlled to develop “an artistic synthesis, which speaks directly to us and resonates with an unmistakable spiritual ring.”
The circular format is a new development in Crivello’s work which uncouples the painting from the rectangular or square shape usually associated with landscape where there is a subconscious tendency to refer to the horizon line. The strength of the circular shape influences the development of the composition in such a way as to focus more on the activity and processes contained within the painting and raises questions about how we look at landscape.
An important aspect of Crivello’s painting is the improvised process involved. He comments “moment by moment, it is almost impossible not to be seduced by past solutions, a vast reservoir of visual memory, learnt gestures and instinctive tendencies, reinforced through habitual usage. This constitutes a definite natural kind of knowing; a synthesis vital to any discipline, but finally a descending octave. What remains alive for me as a creative question, are those moments of surrendered intention when conscious doing is replaced by an unfolding in which one is a witness to another order that escapes our understanding”.