Francesco Falace, S.T. 2, 2017

617,00  incl. VAT


  • Year Of Creation: 2017
  • Tar And Gypsum
  • Collage
  • 50 x 40 cm
  • Unframed
  • Certificate Of Authenticity
  • Delivery: 14 days for Germany and EU Countries. 20 days for non-EU Countries
  • Item Number: 599

The Artwork

Francesco Falace combines the contemporary material with traditional techniques, being always in search of new means of expression. Fascinated by the drama of an irreversible sign and printing techniques like engraving, Francesco Falace develops his own unmistakable innovative technique, employing unusual means of painting, such as tar. He treats his canvasses with Gesso, a traditional white base coat containing plaster or chalk. This becomes part of the work, as it appears through scrapes and traces added to the surface.

  • Idea: Falace rethinks handed down painting methods by focusing on new techniques. For him, the surfaces and structures of a piece have an autonomous quality and are as important as the motif.
  • Theme: The paintings are abstract and leave a lot of room for own interpretations. In many cases, they can, in the broadest sense, be read as landscapes, or – to say it in more general terms – depict “traces” of civilization in a visual form.
  • Aesthetics: Falace’s canvases are distinctive in that they appeal to the sense of touch: cracks, grooves and collage elements loosen the surface and lead to a transition from two to three-dimensionality.
  • Technique: Unusual painting materials, such as tar, not only support Falace’s willingness to experiment, but also allow for an intense analysis of the respective characteristics and possibilities. The acquisition of the necessary skills in an auto-didactic manner is an important part of the artistic process.

The Artist


born in 1987 in Caserta, Italy

Francesco Falace, born in 1987 in Caserta in Campania, focuses on surfaces and structures in his works. Here, his main interest is in looking at and trying out various techniques. He states that he is always on the lookout for new means of expression. His artistic work is a continuous form of development. As a result, he often considers unusual means of painting, such as tar. He very rarely works with brushes, but prefers to use other tools, often randomly found objects. Here, he cites artists such as the Greek artist Jannis Kounellis as an influenc

Tar, which is mostly used for the construction of roads or buildings, fascinates the artist, due to its viscous consistency. Regarding the coloring, various tonal grading is possible, be it dark black or broken white. The effect of small nuances is intensified as a result of carefully preparing the surface to be painted: Falace treats his canvasses with Gesso, a traditional white base coat containing plaster or chalk. This becomes part of the work, as it appears through scrapes and traces added to the surface. Tar may also enter into these “wounds”. One also notices the influence of printing techniques: Falace often covers objects in tar in order to press them onto the respective surface, and as a result, prints are created.

The artist combines contemporary material with traditional techniques. All works are three-dimensional, even if at first glance they appear to be classic panel paintings: rips, lines and furrows lead the viewer into the painting. Glued material made from fabric, ropes or plaster, often in archaically aesthetic forms, lead the viewer beyond the surface. It is the formal reduction, together with an extensive and precise implementation, which make Francesco Falaces’ works so fascinating.

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