HOFA Gallery launches Marco Grassi’s solo show at their Pall Mall gallery on 31st March, the exhibition then moves to their prestigious Mayfair gallery on the corner of Maddox Street and Bond Street from 6th to 17th April.
Italian Marco Grassi creates figurative portraits that combine realistic and abstract elements. Since the beginnings of his career, Grassi developed a very personal style which praises the identity of the female subject in the specific moment in which they are painted. With his intense female portraits, Grassi searches to captivate the viewer, by creating a silent dialogue between the subject and the audience.
In his forthcoming exhibition Grassi has abandoned the element that was once his
trademark style and technique: the decisive brushstrokes which outlined his anatomic forms
and lent a sense of stability to the whole of the figure, and contrasted with bold colours,
blended with a spatula, and drippings to break them down and make them more subtle. His
recent subjects display less certainty, which once allowed the figures to integrate
themselves fully with the complex weave of colours. The background against which they are
represented is more decisive and reflects the subjects' facial expressions and intense
silence, creating a complicity with the observer.
Grassi says about the exhibition, “Central to my forthcoming exhibition is the expressiveness of the body and my determination to portray to our younger generations a truthful and realistic picture of themselves. An image that goes deeper than cultural standards and opinions of the media and discovers the inner beauty that lies beneath the surface in all human beings.”
Simonida Pavicevic, curator and co-founder of HOFA Gallery says of Grassi, “Marco is one of our headlining global artists, so we are delighted to present three solo shows with him throughout 2019. The highly anticipated show will take place across our two London galleries, moving to our LA gallery, in West Hollywood, later this year”.
Marco Grassi's works have been exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions, and international fairs such as Art Basel, Art Miami, SCOPE Basel and the Moscow Art Fair. He was also selected to exhibit at the opening of the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2011.