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Red Tweny

Italy

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To understand better my drawings it could be useful to know that I'm trying to hold together various styles: Remodernism, Expressionism, Dark Art, Surrealism, Pop Art, New Figuration, Emo art and Street Art. Trying to be as direct as possible I use one single color without any digital manipulation: I use only my soul and a traditional ink pen. It is born a style that I think is quite new and recognizable among others, reminiscent of the fears of our century and the uneasiness of our souls: I try to tell you the shabby daily lives as opposed to the higher needs of the human soul, almost always disappointed.

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Print:Giclee on Fine Art Paper

Size:9 W x 12 H x 0.1 D in

Size with Frame:14.25 W x 17.25 H x 1.2 D in

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Born in 1964, Red Tweny is no stranger to high expectations and personal tragedy. As the first of two children, his childhood was restricted by an overprotective mother who perhaps imprinted the sense of insecurity and estrangement from reality which has so often factored into both his life and his work. His artistic talent was revealed at an early age. In an attempt to foster Red’s abilities, his mother made it a point to religiously attend all of the contemporary art exhibitions that passed through Rome during the mid-1970’s. By age 12 he was also studying under the tutelage of an illustrator at the local college he would later graduate from. At age 20, personal tragedy struck with the untimely passing of his father, who Red, himself, found lifeless. This event deeply marked his psyche and has impacted the style and subjects of his artwork ever since. He graduated in 1984 from the Mary Mount College in Rome. The institution’s pedagogic method, characterized by a humanistic philosophy on religion, gave a prominent role to the spiritual nourishment of his creativity. Since then he’s been actively attending exhibitions all around Rome in the search for new subjects. In 1985, his artistic talent landed him a job in the advertising department of Eni, an Italian energy company, where he remained throughout the 90s. This position allowed him the opportunity to collaborate with several large international agencies, which influenced his own work; combining elements of classical, surreal painting with graphical design. He primarily made the use of watercolours throughout this period but switched to black ink in 2000, which made his work instantly recognizable. Tweny’s work is now characterized by an exaggerated use of black ink and his subject matter leaves vivid impressions with his audiences. He does not make use of subtext, but rather overtly throws the essence of his work in the forefront for all to see. This work centers around the lovely futility of attempting to find meaning in a tangled existence. He frequently depicts subjects experiencing extreme emotions, which he likens to capturing the expressions of someone going through un-anesthetized surgery. The use of only black and white is used to heighten the feeling of violence, coldness, and desolation in the human condition.

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