Giorgio Griffa (Turin, 1936), artist, has been a leading figure on the international arts scene and one of the most respected contemporary painters ever since the 1960s. In 1968 he abandoned the figurative style to evolve a new language, used throughout his career as a painter: the canvas is peopled with elementary signs in water-based acrylic paint applied to the raw surface (jute, hemp, cotton or linen), which is left “bare”, without a frame. His works are vibrant and free, fixed directly to walls with small nails which only support their top edges; subdivided into cycles, they are known as an “unfinished constant”, with a stylistic language based on repetition, which acquires the rhythmic consistency of the iconic signs and expressive grammar of writing.
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In the Euridice project, Giorgio Griffa continues his journey into the territories of the meaningful use of signs, an intimate, unique experiment in which he interacts with the intelligence of matter and explores its innermost structures. The series created for CEDIT is strictly linked to the pictorial style and distinctive “graphic language” the artist has developed over his long career, also featuring his extremely subtle use of colour, the result of a relationship with the chromatic universe which, in Griffa’s case, plays a major role in specifically identifying his works.