The Contemporary Master Painter Garff in the Gripenberg Art Collection in Hlesinki, disclosed in the Artbook “Brother Color and Sister Light”
A flash presentation of “Brother Colour and Sister Light” the new Art book on Enrico Garff’s artistic history. 59 paintings reviewed in 5 languages with an interview held with Luciano Pavarotti in 1989. The Gripenberg Art Museum in Helsinki.
What distinguishes Enrico Garff’s Art?
The Painter’s Brush,
A medium to connect you 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 random jigsaw 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 lower human status chaos of entropy versus the Logos driven order of the creation sourced directly from divinity.
The brush becomes a direct extension of the painter’s heart, a medium leading to superior spiritual realms.
A dream from Capri
Serenade on the Faraglioni rocks
“The World of Enrico Garff” is an interview with deep insight into the Maestro’s life, philosophy, and art
“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, Minoic, 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”. “
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Vibrating Colors and Sounds merged in a mesmerizing Slideshow
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.
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.Source Wikipedia
Press Release Archive in Highlights regarding Art Exhibitions, Critiques, Accolades
The Finnish writer and poet Lassi Nummi’s critique on the Contemporary Art Master Painter Enrico Garff
“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 color 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 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 that recalls Blake, while others bring to mind, Dante.”
Lassi Nummi Source Wikipedia from an excerpt of Controluce
“The comeback of Marcus Aurelius” enters triumphantly Mäntyniemi Palace in Finland
Garff på “Talludden” – Garff on Pine Headland: the painting welcomed at the summer presidential palace in Helsinki
The Masterpiece artwork “The comeback of Marc’ Aurelius” is an allegory of the regaining of reason and morality back to power on the throne of Capitol Hill. The return of the equestrian statue of the Philosopher Emperor after a long and thorough restoration to the public view on the Roman Capitol Hill inspired Maestro Garff’s pictorial creation.
Lussi Nummi consignment of the ‘Marcus Aurelius comeback’ to the Mäntyiniemi Finnish Presidential Palace
Martti Ahtisaari 2008 Nobel prize winner for Peace received the Masterpiece
“The Sons of The sun” – or ‘Auringon Pojat’.
In the very heart of Helsinki
The Green sea of Adventures: HBL’s reporter Helena Husman introduces “The Sons of the Sun” to the public
The Masterpiece has been permanently exhibited in a public space, in the Service Center in Kamppi, Helsinki, from 2003 to the present day. The entire Masterwork, made of five oil on canvas paintings, measures 7 mt in length with a 1.5 mt height overall dimension.
“The Sons the of Sun” sequence of paintings’ is a magnificent entrance into the NFT crypto Art marketplace with a featured media colorful video artistic creation.
Enrico Gallian of the Italian newspaper ” L’Unità ” praising the “Zuleika” Exhibition near Rome
Zuleika’s Colourists and the epilogue of a fairy tale
Link to the archive of the newspaper ” L’Unità” below:
Critique concerning Garff’s figurative painting world by the Poet and actor Renzo Barbera
[ “It is amazing to become aware of the way the surrounding environment, once it has entered his heart and he has made it his own, changes into a creative force moving towards the original sources of creation. My belief is that the art of this painter is born from the contradiction and meeting of instinct and culture”
Renzino Barbera Taormina 1981 Source Wikipedia
A diamond in the Mediterranean sea – was the title of an HBL article
This is how Isa Gripenberg described Taormina, the beautiful picturesque town in Sicily, in the Shadow of the Mt Etna Volcano, dominating the Ionic sea
Isa Gripenberg lived there for many years in the residential villa her mother built in the sixties with the revenue outcome of selling all the Munkiniemi properties. She dwelled in front of the Greek amphitheater under the same roof with her husband Erwin Gripenberg, son of the Poet Bertel Gripenberg.
Glorian Antikki’s article by Antti Nuortio Cultural reductionist of the Magazine
The portrait painted by Garff of the famous Finnish opera Singer Martti Talvela is the main subject of the artistic review
The Hawaiian girls – Le Hawaiane oil on canvas artwork by Enrico Garff – 1997
Anna Durand Deska’s critique in French regarding the Contemporary Art Master Painter Enrico Garff
“L’art d’Enrico Garff exprime une perspective du monde vue à travers le prisme des couleurs et la synthèse des formes. Sa célébration de la mythologie et de la mer, de la joie et de la beauté, prend une dimension poétique.
Certaines de ses peintures évoquent les figures qui semblent appartenir simultanément à deux mondes différents, physique familier et celui de la dimension spirituelle. Ses œuvres évoquent une atmosphère du milieu environnant, se transformant en une force créatrice.
Garff préfère une perspective intense basée sur la couleur à une structure géométrique traditionnelle. Il crée la lumière et l’espace par des contrastes chromatiques.
Le fort contraste entre la luminosité pâle et les lourdes surfaces sombres, semble provenir d’une dimension invisible du mythe et du destin humain.
Ses images font appel directement aux sens. En regardant ses paysages marins, une perception d’humidité dans l’air se fait presque sentir sur la peau.
Dans sa toile “Hawaiian girls”, presque idyllique, les filles sont assises de profil sur le sable blanc de la plage, face à la mer turquoise. Elles portent chacune sur la tête, une traditionnelle couronne de fleurs hawaïenne.
Les couleurs légèrement voilées, tout en nuances subtiles apportent une bonne dose de poésie. Au premier plan, la joie et l’harmonie prédominent, mais en arrière-plan, les ombres font penser au destin humain tragique.
On sent une formidable tension vibrante dans la nature et les contrastes créés entre les éléments, l’air, l’eau et la terre incitent à l’imagination et stimulent l’intérêt du spectateur. Enrico Garff aime l’intuition picturale qui ouvre l’esprit vers une pensée analytique plus libre, plus rapide et plus pénétrante encore. “
Anna Durand Deska