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I have made the following drawings after being pleasantly surprised by some foreshortening I ‘ve been struck by during my travels in Cornwall, Dorset and Northern Europe.  Most of these sketches are made by ink, without any preparatory drawing but directly with the pen.

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Urqhart Castel, Scotland

ballpoint pen on paper, cm 18 x 24

private collection

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Saint Hilda of Whitby, North Yorkshire

ballpoint pen, cm 30 x 21

 

That’s a new one I’m working on these days…what I would call “the beauty of decay”

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The Croyland Abbey in Lincolnshire.

ballpoint pen, cm 15 x 18.

 

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Wells Cathedral, Somerset

ballpoint pen, cm 18 x 24

 

 

 

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Saint Michael’s Mount, Cornwall

ballpoint pen on paper, cm 4 x 9

private collection

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Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff

ballpoint pen, cm 16 x  21

 

 

 

 

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Piazza Santo Stefano, Bologna

ballpoint pen, cm 18 x 24

 

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Basilica delle Vigne, Genova

ballpoint pen, cm 18 x 24

 

The center of Italy is full of incredibly suggestive places, and the following is one of them. The concathdral of San Leo, which was built in 1173 on a rock, already prehistoric place of worship.

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Duomo di San Leo, Emilia Romagna

ballpoint pen, cm 21 x 29

 

These other works are about some examples of romanesque architecture in my hometown Piedmont, Italy .

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Sacra di San Michele, Piedmont

graphite and ballpoint pen on paper, cm 18 x 24

 

 

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San Secondo di Cortazzone, Piedmont

ballpoint pen on paper,  cm 18 x 24

 

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Saint Peter’s Baptistery, Piedmont

ballpoint pen on paper, cm 20 x 20

 

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Certosa di Banda,  Susa Valley

ballpoint pen, cm 13 x 9

 

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Novalesa Abbey, cloister

ballpoint pen, cm 13 x 18

 

This church is a very special one, which i loved since my childhood. I used to walk here, fascinated by these very high and white walls.. It was built in two different styles, Romanesque and Gothic. A cartouche and numerous sculptures in front, could indicate as major donor of this cathedral Richard I the Plantagenet, stopped in Apulia during his return trip home from bankruptcy III Crusade.

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Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore, Barletta

ballpoint pen, cm 10 x 14

 

 

I love the architecture, but not only that sacred. I like to appreciate the urban scenarios, both Italian and northern Europe. I traveled a lot and I always paid attention to the suggestive views that I could know. I guess Bath is one of the  most fascinating cities  I’ve ever been and  somehow it reminds me of my hometown Turin..perhaps because both have the same Roman origins

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The Pulteney Bridge, Bath

ballpoint pen on paper, cm  15 x 21

 

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The Pulteney Bridge, Bath - other view

ballpoint pen on paper, cm 15 x 21

 

The ballpoint pen allows to achieve suggestive “chiaroscuro” effects which does justice to the beauty of  foreshortening of Turin I’ve chosen as  subject.
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Gran Madre,Turin

ballpoint pen on paper, cm 15 x 21

private collection

 

 

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Piazza Vittorio Veneto, Turin

ballpoint pen on paper, cm 13 x 18

 

 

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Tram in Via Pietro Micca, Turin

ballpoint pen on paper, cm 15 x 13

 

 

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Railcar at the Old Harbour of Trieste

ballpoint pen, cm 18 x 24

 

I love the old industries, which sometimes overlook in narrow alleys, giving the impression of being back in the nineteenth century.

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Former Tobacco Factory , Turin

ballpoint pen, cm 18 x 24

 

Sometimes I notice how have changed our cities, marked today by cold foreshortenings and vilified by the sight of real “monsters”.                              But are they to become artistic subjects?

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View of Portogruaro, detail

ballpoint pen, cm 12 x 14

 

This is absolutly the view that I love!

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Anstruther Harbour, study

graphite and ballpoint pen, cm 15 x 21

 

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Neighbours

ballpoint pen, cm 18 x 24

 

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Naïf borough

ballpoint pen, cm 13 x 18

Here are some experiment with colour mixing…

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Prophet

ink, watercolor on paper, 18 x 24 

 

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Soldier

ink, coffee and gouache, 18 x 24

 

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Bernini’s David

ink, tea, gouache – cm 18 x 24

 

And here is the protagonist of  “The Nonexistent Knight” by Italo Calvino

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Agilulfo

ink, tea, gouache, cm 11 x 15

 

A test of print publishing

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Another knight..this is from Ingmar Bergman’s  “The Seventh Seal”..

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The knight Antonius Block plays his game of chess with Death

ballpoint pen, cm 21 x 24
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Francesca

ballpoint pen on paper, cm  8 x 11

 

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Supremes

ballpoint pen,  cm 21 x 28

 

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Billy Idol

ballpoint pen, cm 12 x 12
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