Posts Tagged ‘Lucio Fontana’

Artist of the moment………Agostino Bonalumi


Agostino Bonalumi was an artist working in a modernist style similar to Lucio Fontana and Paola Scheggi. Agostino Bonalumi was born in Vimercate, Italy in the year 1935. The artist took art classes from a very young age and participated in a gallery show for the first time as a thirteen year old.

Fontana was in important mentor to Bonalumi. Bonalumi hoped to push the boundaries of Fontana’s work even further.

The artist often worked with shaped canvases and also built up his works with vinyl and would paint them with acrylics.

In this clip we view two works by Bonalumi. His work was very large in size. It also helps to see the works from side view rather than just from the front. I enjoy the dimensional feel of his art:

Below a wonderful collection of works by Bonalumi. What a great mix of organic and geometric shapes. When seen together we also get a feel for his outstanding use of color:

The artist had his first solo exhibition in the United States in 1967.

Agostino Bonalumi passed away in 2013 at the age of 78 years old.

Price range information: Works range from $20,000 t0 $400,000.


Artist of the moment…….Paolo Scheggi




Paolo Scheggi was a fantastic Italian artist renown for his work with geometric shapes and working with layers and spatial relationships. Scheggi attended the Academy of Fine Art located in Florence, Italy.

Paolo Scheggi was born in Florence, Italy in the year 1940. Scheggi founded a magazine that covered art and culture when he was only 20 years of age.

Two artists that inspired Scheggi were Piet Mondrian and Jean Arp.

In this clip we take a look at one of Scheggi’s works as it appears in a gallery show:

When I first saw the work of this artist I actually thought it was by Lucio Fontana. Fontana often worked with spatial relationships and his work often looks like they surface has a tear or a rip. Below an image of Lucio Fontana’s art.


Though he passed away in 1971 from heart disease at the age of 31 years old,  his work was present in the Venice Biennial in 1972 and 1976.

Price range information: Works range from $20,000 to $750,000. The artist made lithographs and also worked in many mediums including oils, acrylics, cardboard, and aluminum.

It’s very sad that this artist passed away at 31 years of age. He had finally found his artistic voice and personal style.



Artist of the moment……Enrico Castellani

Enrico Castellani is not only a great painter, but also a great jewelry maker. Enrico Castellani was born in Castelmassa, Italy in the year 1930. When I first saw the artist’s work I thought of the American minimalist artist Donald Judd. In fact Judd was heavily influenced by Castellani whom Judd considered the Father of Minimalism.

For his artistic education Castellani attended the Academie Royale des Beaux- Arts in  Italy. He also attended the Academy of Fine the national school for the Fine Arts in Belgium where he studied architecture.

He and another artist started their own gallery. They wanted to separate themselves from other artists in a similar movement. They had partaken in Abstract Expressionist movement, but their voice was something different. The gallery was called Azimut and a magazine supporting the movement was titled Azimuth.

Other artists associated with the new Art Informel movement at the same time were Lucio Fontana. You may have seen him in the news as some revolutionary abstract works have broken the one million dollar barrier at auction. Below is  Fontana’s work “Attese” which sold at auction for $1.1 million dollars.


To form his highly textured surfaces he places nails down and then lies the canvas over the top. A very unique way to manipulate a flat surface.

price range information: sorry none available.

In this clip we view a gallery show from 2011:


Artist of the moment…Roberto Crippa

Roberto Crippa was a world renown painter and sculptor that was born in Milan, Italy in the year 1921.

Crippa attended the Brera Art Academy in Milan, Italy.

Price range information:  The artist worked in many mediums. Collages start at a few thousand and reach to $35,000. Oils range $5,000 to $55,000. No pricing available for sculpture works.

Produced his spiral work series from 1948 to 1952.

Crippa was part of the Spacialist movement, artists that were looking to break away from the mold and attack the flatness of a painting, to open it up to another cosmic dimension. The founder of the movement was another Italian painter named Lucio Fontana. Fontana was born in Argentina but moved to Milan, Italy whilst a young child. He also attended the Brera Art Academy. Fontana officially founded the movement in 1947. An example of Fontana’s style is below. The work is oils on canvas but look closely how the artist has attacked the flat surface and created wonderful depth and texture for the viewer.


Participant of the Venice Biennale.

After exploring space with painting Crippa moved on to collage works. Using basic geometric shapes and wonderful complimentary color schemes the artist was able to create wonderful works that were abstract with wonderful textures and movement.

The artist also explored sculpture and relief works that were painted in grays. Again movement through the picture plane and even above and below it is a main theme of the work.

The artist died in a plane crash at the age of fifty years old in Italy in the year 1972.

In comparing the artist to a contemporary artist  it would be English sculptor Daniel Chadwick. This mobile work is a great example of using basic geometric shapes to attack the flatness of a painting.


In this clip we view an artwork by Crippa at auction:

I enjoy this artist for his groundbreaking views on space and movement. His pictures also remind me of modern master Rex Ray with his use of the spiral I was reminded of the many hours spent at grandmothers house playing with the old spirograph games from the 1960s and 1970s! What a fun time!