Marco Tirelli
Italian, born 1956
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
Marco Tirelli,
Axel Vervoordt Gallery
Marco Tirelli,
Axel Vervoordt Gallery
Marco Tirelli - Mar Rosso,
Fondazione VOLUME!

Marco Tirelli’s paintings depict abstract subjects and indeterminate forms interacting with light and shadow, such that they appear to occupy three-dimensional space. In explaining the roots of his work, Tirelli speaks about growing up in Rome: “I never felt entirely a part of it. And this has had a big effect on my work because I’ve always sensed a tension between places […] and what lies unseen beyond.” The forms on his monumental canvases are rendered with a soft sfumato that Tirelli has perfected over the course of years, creating careful gradations of charcoal on paper; in fact, the highlights and shadows in his later works are created using a pointillist technique, although with airbrushes rather than paintbrushes. To keep the purity of his paints, he filters them through tulle, and then dilutes them to achieve different levels of viscosity.