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Roma by Roni Stretch

Roma is a series of astonishing oil paintings by British artist Roni Stretch that experiment with the limits of perception:

Viewing them is akin to adjusting one’s eyes in a darkened room. Images gradually appear as fields of solid colour, seen again from another angle, the same forms recede, swallowed by their backgrounds.

The LA-based artist’s paintings represent the first moments of putting pencil to paper (taken from his Fabriano Roma sketchbook) and starting to create — Stretch views the initial, discarded thoughts as the purest forms of work, elevated into an entirely new body of work by the unravelling of the once discarded paper.

Painted in a limited palette spanning from white to black, the unravelled paper is rendered through minute gradations, its folds and dents quietly articulated by Stretch’s mastery of his brush strokes.

2015.08.31 Marina Esmeraldo

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