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Quasi-Monochrome: The Paintings of Ettore Spalleti

An installation view of several sculptural objects and monochrome paintingsUntitled (installation veiw)

Ettore Spalleti is an Italian painter who works in a quasi-monochrome style. The artist’s paintings often focus on a single hue, but use gradients and shading to create depth and volume. 


A blue circular painting positioned on a ceilingA casa di...

 

It’s quite interesting to learn about the process that Spalleti uses to create his paintings. The artist starts by mixing oil, pigment, and gesso, then applying a single thin coat of the mixture to a canvas once a day, every day, for two to three weeks. He then sands the dried surface of the painting which reveals the unique colour left behind by the various mixed pigments and media. 

 

There’s something monolithic about Spalleti’s works, almost like the large monochromatic paintings of Barnett Newman. Spalleti occasionally incorporates metallic bands, or paints on three-dimensional surfaces, bringing the idea of the monochrome into a contemporary setting.


A painting with reddish pink huesSfumato, rosso, colour impasto on board


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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