Debate on Archetypal Expressionism: Alberto D’Assumpção


Perpetual Movement, oil on canvas, 200x150 cm, 2010

Perpetual Movement, oil on canvas, 200×150 cm, 2010

Robert Delaunay’s orphism could be considered one of the possible roots of the art vision of the Portuguese visual artist Alberto D’Assumpção, but his art is more complex and thought provokative. The same focus on the primacy of colour, the preferrance for pure and luminous juxtaposed complementary colours, the free organisation of the visual elements, using motifs like ”fragmented rainbows”, much more connected to the inner life and its musical structure than to the exterior world.

Gnosis III, oil on canvas, 142x76cm, 2011

Gnosis III, oil on canvas, 142x76cm, 2011

An outstanding member of the Archetypal Expressionism Group (he was among the first visual artists who joined the group, in October 2007), Alberto seems to look for the essential reality of the soul of the universe, like the famous Romanian sculptor, Constantin Brancusi, the best representative of Archetypal Expressionism, in my opinion.

http://redroom.com/member/constantin-severin/blog/the-archetypal-expressionism

Unexpected Show, oil on canvas, 140x120cm, 2007

Unexpected Show, oil on canvas, 140x120cm, 2007

Gnosis III, oil on canvas, 142x76cm, 2011

Gnosis III, oil on canvas, 142x76cm, 2011

His vortex of forms, the multifaceted oscillation between planes and volumes (similar to El Lissitzky approaches) and the strange impression due to the reversibility of such forms, pure archetypes of a celestial visual hierarchy, create a sweet and secrete coherence, appealing directly to our sensibility like the music of spheres. All his impressive compositions describe a ”perpetual movement” like the univers itself, and the colours and their harmony are almost Divine.

Begin, oil on canvas, 150x100cm, 1996

Begin, oil on canvas, 150x100cm, 1996

There are few allusions to the visible world in his expressive and impressive art, like the beautiful gothic and romanic windows, which remind us the passage between inner and outer, but always crossed by the intimate interchange of the cosmic fine and bright structures. In his iconography of ideal objects, we may find very frequent the green spheres, maybe archetypes of the vivid and moral perfection.

Fragments of a Soul II, oil on canvas, 80x80cm, 2005

Fragments of a Soul II, oil on canvas, 80x80cm, 2005

I know Alberto, my friend, is in love with the moral perfection. That’s why he is maybe the last Don Quijote of our time, including here his obsession for the pure art. Maybe a true model for the art of the future, a ”vertigo”of beauty, the opposite of the actual dominant trends on the art market. A model of universal amplitude. Alberto deserves to be discovered by an extra-terrestrial art dealer, to focus his art at the scale of the universe.

Vertigo, oil on canvas, 100x73cm, 1998

Vertigo, oil on canvas, 100x73cm, 1998

Archetypal Expressionism Saatchi Online Collection:
http://www.saatchionline.com/art-collection/Painting-Sculpture-Photography/Archetypal-Expressionism/128/60215/view
Alberto’s page: http://www.artwanted.com/artist.cfm?ArtID=14906
Alberto’s art on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYak8AIsn6Q

Rainbow, oil on canvas, 120x90cm, 2000/2012

Rainbow, oil on canvas, 120x90cm, 2000/2012

About Constantin Severin

Constantin Severin (constantinseverin.ro) is a Romanian writer and, as a visual artist, the founder and promoter of the award-winning concept known as archetypal expressionism. He is the author of eight books of poetry, essays, and novels, and his poems have been published by major Romanian and international literary magazines. He is one of the editors of the French cultural magazine Levure littéraire.
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