A personal exhibition by Fabio Colussi

Venetian Shades is the title of the fourth personal exhibition by painter Fabio Colussi at our Gallery.

It was opened on Sunday, September, 3rd, 2017 at 11 am.

Shading of the lagoon by Gabriella Pastor

Fabio Colussi was born in Trieste and his education takes place in an unusual context in a manner that is based completely on the usual didactic pragmatism
we find in many artists. He starts to enjoy sketching from an early age
and, accompanied by his grandfather, visits many exhibitions of the Trieste landscape artist Guglielmo Stracca.
This is how his varied and complex journey in the art world begins. From all the water colour techniques to tempera and, years later, to oil on canvas and boards.
He meets a variety of artists from his city in their galleries, using all the knowledge he gathers to forge his own, increasingly distinct personality.
Without any form of education, he studies views and prospectives, the use of light and colours of the great Trieste and Venetian artists from the late 19th to
early 20th century, the artistic techniques of whom he still uses today.
An accurate artist, also defined as the marine artists, he represents his city with works that express all his creative skills and his excellent knowledge on the use
of colours. Colussi then meets Venice from an artistic point of view and a certain complicity is born, transforming his marine landscapes from bright coloured views to those of the much lighter and paler shades of this lagoon city. The such particular shades of the sea, the palaces and their antique splendour, with the lagoon
waters lapping against the walls and the magic of a city suspended between the present and the past.
These works highlight the artistic expressions found in the great Venetian artists of the 18th century, combining the perspective peculiarities defined by Canaletto with the interpretative energy so poetically understated of Guardi. Delicate in the use of colour, absolutely rigorous in the perspectives and architectonic reproductions, the
scenes during the day meekly fade into the fascinating aura of the night. This unique approach presents a mysterious and enthralling Venice, with almost melancholic tones, surrounded by an embracing lagoon lapping against the walls of the narrow canals and bridges, creating a lively and musical Goldoni style babble, or the accompaniment of the music of Vivaldi from a passing boat as one imagines every single hidden corner of the city where Casanova met with his lovers.
In this light the buildings appear almost evanescent and simply outlined in the hues of the dusk, the details merge with the purply or melancholic silver shades of a moonlit night on the Grand Canal.