The Contemporary Fine Art Collection in Helsinki of the Baroness Isabella Gripenberg includes many artworks of the Maestro Enrico Garff. The Fine Art Collection is a Modern Art Museum inheriting the history of a noble lineage that contributed to settling Finland's National Foundations. The Gallery is enriching its value-adding NFT creations and Digital Art to the collection.
“Brother Colour and Sister Light” Presentation of the ArtBook
A Contemporary Master in the Gripenberg Art Collection disclosed in the Artbook “Brother Colour and Sister Light”
A flash presentation of “Brother Colour and Sister Light” the new Artbook on Enrico Garff’s artistic history. 59 paintings reviewed in 5 languages with an interview held with Luciano Pavarotti in 1989.
The Painter’s Brush A medium to connect with superior realms
Thoughts regarding the Contemporary Art Master Painter Enrico Garff
I often wondered for a while what the culprit and hallmark of Maestro’s art distinguishing his artworks from many others. Garff’s paintings show off a particular element that makes you feel comfortable and familiar with the portrayed subject. I could feel but not identify the very nature of this feature that invites your soul to join with ease into the scene of the artistic creation, making you feel at home and one with it. Today this perception started to take shape and translated from visual expression into verbal language: Enrico Garff’s art substance is organic and harmonious, the opposite of inorganic artificially construed like a puzzle. Light, shape, and color merged in a natural and spontaneous form only a frank, honest, wholesome spirit can express on canvas. The integrity of the painting mirrors the inner world of the Artist characterized by moral integrity.
The brush becomes a direct extension of the painter’s heart, a medium leading to superior spiritual realms.
“Surely I yearned to be remembered for having delivered during my existence something of substantial value to humanity. In the late 80s, I started a classical Greek-inspired cycle, portraying scenarios with sculptures in a wide range of styles, including Classical, Hellenistic, Min, oic, and Cycladic art. The inspiration gained from the full immersion in those historical eras was overwhelmingly corroborating: the statues appeared to take life under my brush while the mystical atmosphere of those eras captured my soul in rapture. I never lacked inspiration, to be honest, but during that period the creative flow was so powerful that I perceived it as an uncontrolled flow of energy streaming down to the painting. In conjunction with that blessed inspirational connection, I was practicing a spiritual discipline regarding the “liberation of the thought”. “
“The first thing that strikes one in Garff’s painting is that his images appeal directly to the senses; looking at his landscapes, a perception of moisture in the air can almost be felt on the skin. Garff prefers an intensive perspective based on colour to a traditional geometrical structure. Light and Space are created by chromatic contrasts. One can sense a tension vibrating between Nature and the human figure which I dare to call ”mythical”. The strong contrast between pale luminosity and heavy dark surfaces seems to spring from an unseen dimension of myth and human destiny. The contrasts created among the elements, air, water and earth excite the imagination and stimulate the interest of the observer. In the foreground Joy and Harmony predominate, but in the background gather the shadows of a tragic destiny. In some paintings the figures seem to belong simultaneously to two different worlds, to this familiar physical one, and to an upper ethereal air. In an inexplicable way, the spiritual dimension of this painter’s Art is constantly born from the very touch of his brush. Some of his works evoke an atmosphere which recalls Blake, others bring to mind Dante.”
A variation of the previous slideshow framing Enrico Garff’s paintings
A relaxing and mesmerizing overview of Enrico Garff’s artwork to savor in the entire immersion state of mind. You are warmly recommended to enjoy.
By Enrico Garf, “Gertud in Taormina” (portrait of the artist’s mother), oil on cartoon, 70x97cm,1010.1981 – This is my photograph of Enrico Garff’s painting “Gertud in Taormina”., CC BY-SA 4.0, Link
The Modern Art Master’s mother lived her last years in Taormina by the Shadow of Mount Etna in Sicily
1981 Enrico Garff was back in Italy, this time in Sicily where contacts seemed more promising. Quite soon he exhibited a series of new paintings in collaboration with Jano Barbagallo and Gianni Pennisi in the Galleria La Spirale in Acireale, and he was introduced to the much beloved Sicilian poet Renzino Barbera  who wrote the introduction for Enrico’s exhibition in the Palazzo Corvaja in Taormina in May and June 1981.
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