Enigmatic Abstract Paintings by Franco Paisio
To a Lost Summer, acrylic and oil on poly-cotton
Franco Paisio was born in Milan, Italy, and now lives and works primarily in Sydney, Australia. In his artistic practice, Franco creates enigmatic abstract paintings, combining large planes of warm, earthy colour with flashes of darkened line art.
Stage Setting 3, mixed media on paper
Franco’s current art portfolio showcases the artist’s works on both paper and canvas. Some of the artist’s works on paper serve as sketches for later paintings, and it’s interesting to see how these sketches might evolve into their more polished final forms. In his studies, Franco incorporates mixed media and collaged elements to build up shapes and moments of colour that will later be rendered in oil.
The overall atmosphere of Franco’s paintings evokes the artwork of Georges Braque or Paul Cézanne. The colour palette heavily features deep yellows, earthy browns and muted greens, each contributing to a wizened, aged effect for the images. Though the works are non-representational, they communicate as much through the tone they evoke as through their formal qualities.