Work / Art

Nicola Samori

Samorì paints weeping and tragic spaces where the imagery is raw but often unsettlingly conventional. The artist appropriates some motifs from the historical past in his faintly familiar ghost-portraiture, but, as if the curtain has been lifted from Dorian Gray’s portrait, the apparitions are deteriorating before us. The result is a trace of a haunting memory. Samorì’s work resembles a post-apocalyptic Renaissance wing at any great art museum 1,000 in years in the future, and yet it smacks of immediacy and our distinctly contemporary struggle with alienation and isolation – or a self beyond repair.