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Return Painting

Gioacchino Saltagrillo Gambatesa


Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 25.6 W x 31.5 H x 0.8 D in

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Inside the packaging will be included a printed sheet containing the narrative related to this canvas. That's the story behind "Return" painting: Italy – June 1987 “Dear friend, even August has come to an end and the first rains are washing away the summer. September is coming and, as you know, for me these are the days when I organise the various threads of my life. After travelling in the chaos of the city, in search of something new, the moment of soul searching has arrived. I need a different place, the one inside me. I need solitude. The urban chaos has left too much suspended chatter, so I want to find a place where I can observe the infinite. I remember visiting the Aeolian Islands as a boy. I remember that the sea, with its volcanic bottom, was a very intense blue and that nature reigned uncontaminated; it was time to return there. I left Palermo, I reached the Aeolian Islands on a ship. I arrived in Vulcano and from there, to Filicudi, taking another boat. I would have done everything to push myself to the remotest place to be able to break away from the rest of the world. I wanted to fill my eyes with sea and light. I rented an apartment and a boat. I stayed there for four days. The sea was as I remembered it, stupendous, pdeep, fatal. At night, it turned into an ink stain, while so many stars shone in the sky that you could walk without a torch. I found silence. Don't get me wrong, I'm not looking for an escape, I don't want to be a hermit by myself; I am here to return to myself and my calm sea.  What does the sea do to attract men so much­?  Maybe it's all this. “

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:25.6 W x 31.5 H x 0.8 D in

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Gioacchino Saltagrillo Gambatesa is an italian painter living around the world. The key to read the work of this artist is to pair his painting along with his diary. Every painting belong to a story and every story belong to a place he visited around the world in the past years. I suggest you to read every artwork description to fully enjoy his vibrant canvases. Going down to the nitty gritty...I met Gioacchino on a cool afternoon in the autumn of 1983. Walking along the pavement I met this boy, in his early twenties, with his hands in his pockets staring at the sky. I walked up to him and ironically asked him: "Anything new up there?" He carried on looking at the sky and very seriously said "I already know this light and these colours perfectly, now this is what I call home", then he looked at me straight in the face and said "It's time I dedicate myself somewhere else, don't you think? "  I nodded.   From that day on we became great friends and in these past years we have shared our good and bad times, our travels,our passions and although it pains me to say this, sometimes even our loves.  What I can say about Gioacchino is that he has always been, socially speaking, on the wild side..little inclined to social conventions, to the compromise of being a citizen and having a homeland.  From an early age he used painting as a means of communication and travel as a bridge between his artistic research and his philosophy of life.  I could tell you about the thousand ordeals of Gioacchino Saltagrillo Gambatesa, but I let his art do the talking. I hope that, as was the case for me, by looking at his works and reading his writings, you are able to lose yourself in those remote landscapes and escape far away from this hectic life, even if only for a few minutes.

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