‘‘ Antonio is searching for something fundamental, holistic. Recording as he goes, open to the ideas and experiences around him and just as importantly ideas in him yet to be mined. ‘’It’s all in your head, you just don’t know how big it is’’.
(Martin Morris , Professor at Middlesex Univeristy, 2018
‘‘Antonio De Pasquale, a London based artist. He paints in an interesting style by incorporating Street art into modernist abstract painting. Antonios’s current work explores the universe in abstract views.’’
"Antonio is an artist who originates from Italy and is now based in London. He found his love for art through graffiti and other street artists. Antonio has a perplexing painting style, to say the least, his mixes elements of Graffiti and abstract painting popularised in the post world war two modernism art. His paintings are mainly Pattern-based working with striking colour contrasts but he aims to keep formal elements that he learnt in his formal training while also harmoniously incorporating in his interests in street art.
His passion for Art, astronomy, and science are weaved within the concepts of his work. He believes that these three subjects are at the core of limitless investigation and a sign of someone asking questions and seeking open discussion. Antonio’s paintings can appear fragmented, almost unconnected to anything before, pulling the mind in new directions. They often appear cosmic in scale or as if looked at under a microscope. He likes to entertain a connection between the two. Antonio is searching for something fundamental, holistic. Recording as he goes, open to the ideas and experiences around him."
(Meanwhile team, April 2019)
Antonio De Pasquale Born in Italy, one of the cradles of art as we know it, Antonio found his love for making images by becoming a graffiti artist, by scrawling on the wall. This is no accident as we shall see. From the caves at Chauvet, onto the walls in Pompeii and up to the toilet cubicle in the pub you might see on a drunken Friday night - humans have been compelled to do this. But why? Is it just to leave a mark or is there something more? More on that later. With this background in graffiti, Antonio studied fine art. A natural progression for any aspiring artist who wants to ask questions and understand more, to learn from those who went before, to copy and reform the past techniques. After this, he made his way to London and focused on graphic design and media. Elements of design that retain many ideas from what we describe as the plastic arts. It is no surprise then that Antonio decided to not just focus on a chosen specialization while studying game design here in the UK but to also, as many artists do, paint! These paintings are not figurative but do strive to retain formal elements evident in the fine arts as well as the language of graffiti. The materials are also composites from earlier interests; oil color and spray paint. They are images made by someone who is determined not to be pigeonholed as one type of designer or merry trickster. They are searching, unknown until they are in a gallery space. His interests weaved into his work astronomy and science. Art, astronomy, and science. The basis for limitless investigation and a sign of someone asking questions and not shouting for attention. A searching of the unconscious. A rattling through the inside of his head. These paintings can appear fragmented, almost unconnected to anything before, pulling space in new directions. They often appear cosmic in scale or as if looked at under a microscope. A connection between the two. One is a fractal of the other. A Hermetic idea, the first time Hermes is in contact with God ‘’as above, so below’’. Children communicate in the most direct ways they know how, even in their drawing. Drawing is a way for them to understand and deal with the world they find themselves in. One of the reasons that graffiti artists make work is to contextualize, to understand the world they are in. from what we know; the art we find in Chauvet and other caves from a period of around 33,000 years served the same purpose, to understand and to communicate with the spirit world or ‘’the other’’. Some researchers even suggest that the images found in these caves reflect what the artists saw in the skies above their heads in the constellations much like the monuments on the Giza plateau in Egypt. Antonio is searching for something fundamental, holistic. Recording as he goes, open to the ideas and experiences around him and just as importantly ideas in him yet to be mined. ‘’It’s all in your head, you just don’t know how big it is’’.
(Martin Morris , Professor at Middlesex Univeristy, 2018)