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Francesca DiMattio EXHIBITED AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY

Sevres vase à Bobèches

Sevres vase à Bobèches

Sevres vase à Bobèches

Francesca DiMattio
Sevres vase à Bobèches

2012

Overglaze and underglaze with gold lustre on porcelain

57.2 x 52.1 x 30.5 cm
Ladder
Francesca DiMattio
Ladder

2006

Oil on canvas

304.8 x 210.8 cm
Francesca DiMattio’s canvases take architecture as their subject as a means to restructure the concept of space. Using painting as a springboard for invention, DiMattio’s buildings and interiors descend into a myriad of perspectival confusion as grid-like patterns of brick and tile, decorative arches, and off kilter staircases become departure points for painterly contrasts and expressive mark-making. Occupying human-sized scale, DiMattio’s canvases create a dizzying sense of physical environment. Veering between art historical references – from pop, art nouveau, and op art – DiMattio’s paintings extend post-modern eclecticism into the realm of the surreal.
In Ladder, DiMattio envisions a still-life within a classical portico which dissolves into an entanglement of illusory confusion. DiMattio adapts the systematic order of black and white illustration as a means to underscore the subtle disruption of her composition. Painted objects, such as the ladder and umbrella, become embedded within the stylised background, their realistic rendering careening against the flatness of the picture plane as they are engulfed by the Matisse-like wall paper and threatened by the undulating floor.
DiMattio’s Broken Arch appropriates the staidness of her architectural subject to explore the visual representation of velocity and weightlessness. Juxtaposing the rigid geometry of mosaic-like forms against an explosion of feather motifs, bijoux patterning, and skewed linear shapes, DiMattio creates a sense of wonder and unease from an arrangement of formal elegance. Infusing the free flow meander of doodling with baroque opulence, DiMattio contrives an optical illusion through both disjointed perspective and a heightened physicality of surface detail.
Broken Arch
Francesca DiMattio
Broken Arch

2006

Oil on canvas

304.8 x 210.8 cm
Tunnel
Francesca DiMattio
Tunnel

2007

Oil and acrylic on canvas(5 panels)

Overall dimensions 284.5 x 914.4 cm Each panel 284.5 x 182.9 cm
Francesca DiMattio’s canvases take architecture as their subject as a means to restructure the concept of space. Using painting as a springboard for invention, DiMattio’s buildings and interiors descend into a myriad of perspectival confusion as grid-like patterns of brick and tile, decorative arches, and off kilter furnishings become departure points for painterly contrasts and
expressive mark-making. Executed as a grandiose tableau, DiMattio’s Tunnel creates a dizzying sense of physical environment, envisioning a virtual reality in real-life scale. Veering between art historical references – from pop, art nouveau, and op art – DiMattio’s paintings extend post-modern eclecticism into the realm of the surreal.
Tunnel (detail)

Tunnel (detail)

Tunnel (detail)

Tunnel (detail)

Tunnel (detail)

Francesca DiMattio
Tunnel (detail)

2007

Oil and acrylic on canvas

(5 panels)

Francesca DiMattio's BIOGRAPHY

Francesca DiMattio
Born in 1981, New York
Lives and works in New York


SOLO EXHIBITIONS



2012
Francesca DiMattio, Bloemenhouder and Kandelaar, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London
Francesca DiMattio, Table Setting and Flower Arranging, Salon 94 Bowery, New York

2011
Bouquet, Conduits Gallery, Milan, Italy

2010
Francesca DiMatteo, Institute of Contemporay Art, Boston (Sandra & Gerald Fineberg Art Wall)
Francesca DiMatteo/ Garth Weiser, The Suburban, Chicago, IL; Portugal Arte 10, Lisbon, Portugal

2009
Salon 94, New York
Salon 94, Freemans, New York
Decollage, Locust Projects, Miami

2007
Unhinged, LAXART, Los Angeles

2006
New Work, Salon 94, New York

GROUP EXHIBITIONS



2012
Affinity Atlas, Wellin Museum of Art, Clinton New York
Hue and Cry, Sotheby's New York, New York
Modern Talking, Cluj Museum, Cluj, Romania

2011
Make, White Flag Projects, St. Louis
4 Rooms, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
Paul Clay, Salon 94, New York
8 Americans, Alain Noirhomme Gallery, Brussels
Extended Painting International, Prague Biennial, Prague
Everything Must Go,: A Project with Ceramica Suro, Guadalajara, Mexico, organised by Jose Now, Suo and Eduardo Sarabia, Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York

2010
Abstract America, New Painting from the US, The Saatchi Gallery, London
The Jewel Thief, curated by Ian Berry and Jessica Stockholder, The Frances Young Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs
Pull My Daisy, Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna
It's all American, NJ MOCA, Ashbury Park
185th Annual Invitation Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National Academy, New York
7:10, The National Arts Club, curated by Michael Martin, New York
The Cannibal's Muse, Galerie Patricia Low, Gstaad, Switzerland; curated by Max Henry
Exquisite Corpse project, Gasser/ Grunet, New York
The Summer Bazaar, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
Multiple Pleasures: Functional Objects in Contemporary Art, curated by Nathalie KArg/Cumulus Studios, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, NY
A Feast of Fools, Second Floor, New York
10: Personal Freedom, Lisbon; curated by Johannes Van Der Beek

2009
The Kings Country Biennial, Kidd Yellin, New York
System: System, curated by Adam Henry and Christian Vassallo, St Cecilia's Convent, Brooklyn
Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
A Accept Chaos, Conduits, Milan, Italy
Master Of Reality, The Herbert and Mildred Lee Gallery, Rose
Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, USA

2008
Maritime: Ships, Pirates and Disasters, Contemporary Art Galleries, University of Connecticut
81/1 x 11, James Fuentes Gallery, New York
November Again, Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York

2007
Size matters: XXL Recent Large Scale Paintings, Hudson
Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York
True Faith, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York
Killers And their Hiding Places, World Class Boxing Miami, Florida

2005
The General’s Jamboree, Guild and Greyshkul Gallery, New York
Thesis Exhibition, Studebaker Building, curated by Jeffrey Uslip , Columbia University, New York
Small Paintings, Placemaker Gallery,Miami
First Look, Hudson Valley Centre for Contemporary Art, Peeskill, New York
Paradise Lost, Marvelli Gallery, New York
Panopoly, Leroy Neiman Gallery, New York

2004
Wallpaper for the 21st Century, Placemaker Gallery, Miami
Purple Noon, Marvelli Gallery, New York
Hungry Eyes, Columbia university’s First Year Exhibition, curated by Ali Subotnick, Eli Wallach Gallery, New York, NY
Abeyance, ZieherSmith Gallery, New York
The Neon Forest is my Home, Sixty Seven Gallery, Brooklyn

2003
Arrivederci, Houghton Gallery, Cooper Union, New York