ARTIST:

Francesca DiMattio

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Francesca DiMattio
Sevres vase à Bobèches, 2012
Overglaze and underglaze with gold lustre on porcelain
57.2 x 52.1 x 30.5 cm

Francesca DiMattio
Confection, 2015
Underglaze, glaze, gold and silver luster on porcelain and stoneware, epoxy, enamel
148.6 x 73.7 x 69.9 cm

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 Veering between art historical references – from pop, art nouveau, and op art – DiMattio’s paintings extend post-modern eclecticism into the realm of the surreal.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.

Francesca DiMattio
Broken Arch, 2006
Oil on canvas
304.8 x 210.8 cm

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

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