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For everyone in the Arts world companionship and collaboration is an
essential part of life. 'Never be jealous of others: if you are, you are
finished' is part of the Bussoletti philosophy. I was introduced to Oscar
Tirelli, Sergio Pizzerri, and Enzo Falcone, like Victor, all regular contributors
to the Italian scene, each imparting strong individual styles with a host
of paintings that command attention for their imaginative skills, colour
contrasts, and realism in choice of subject matter.
Some of Oscar's creations are on permanent show at the Trattoria opposite
the Bussoletti Gallery. A painting of a locomotive, steam jets between huge
wheels depicting enormous surges of power behind constructive development
caught my eye immediately. There are also clock pieces Ravellian in their
fairy tale charm, and several vibrant studies of knights and horses in full
armour, perfect for awakening interest with children of all ages, some with
a symbolic sword in the foreground to suggest their artist's strong preoccupation
with ancient warfare. A three-dimensional effect and arrangement of material
permeates each in turn, while two galleons in the swirl of sea battle owes
something to Turner. One of the final battle sequences, however, belongs
to Don Quixote near the end of his escapades as he attempts to tame the
convolutions of windmills, spear brandished aloft. Oscar and I soon became
on Christian name terms, his guitar playing giving added support to the
Sergio Pizzerri's art was on display at the local gallery where dancing
was underway together with plenty of refreshments to keep the adrenalin
flowing. Sergio's bold approach spans nude figures in reclining poses, mothers
with their children, lovers, pagan effigies, wild horses in light reflection,
and phantom visions of trees and castles, plus abstract settings of still
life. A preference for orange, yellow, green, red and black brings subjects
into stark relief. A bizarre but charming painting of two clowns -- mother
and son -- reminded me of Fellini.
Meeting Enzo Fellini was an experience. The occasion was the cutting
of Maestro's birthday cake, the time past midnight at the Piazza della Liberta.
The cake was gigantic, Gian Carlo doing the honours, ably assisted by Francis.
It was a mass turnout, and no one was left out! Enzo with his customary
French beret had started sketching me before I began eating, and afterwards
we trundelled back to Victor's place. He and I posed for pen portraits.
Mine is at the top of this feature.
Copyright © 13 November 2001
Bill Newman, Edgware, UK
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