Machas and Magma are delighted to present “Ditirambo”, Jonathan Calugi’s first London solo show.
Known for his minimalist and joyous one-line artworks, the Italian artist and designer Calugi will unveil a series of new works which continues his ongoing exploration of the emotive power of essential simplicity.
The relationship between the ever-growing complexity of reality and the primal need to discover universal values is a recurrent theme in Calugi’s poetic. “I remember when I was a kid I used to draw everything as big dots: a simple big blue dot could be the sea, a big and yellow dot was the sun. Then these dots multiplied, and we became grown-ups, occupied with the intricacies of everyday life and the schizophrenic frenzy of social media, making simplicity the most difficult art of all.”
Calugi’s work is characterised by carefully balanced compositions in which fluid lines are punctuated by bold and colourful shapes, evoking influences of Picasso’s single fluid lines and Matisse’s bold cut-outs and embraced with a strong contemporary feel.
Taking inspiration from the Dithyramb, the hypnotic ancient Greek choral celebration of the god of wine and fertility Dionysus, Calugi invites the viewer to join the dance and praise life.
Calugi will attend the Ditirambo opening night at Magma’s Covent Garden store, and for the occasion, he will present a live drawing performance.
Calugi was born in Pistoia, Italy in 1982, and grew up in his parent’s stationary shop, drawing on anything he could get his little hands on; his creative attitude was also heavily influenced by his grandfather, who designed carnival parade waggons in New Orleans, USA.
His instinctual approach to art is visible not solely in his analogue installations but also into his digital art, which retains the urgency and naturally intuitive precision of trait. Jonathan’s world encompasses anything from advertising to t-shirts, live paintings to animations,from sculptures to prints and never fails to send out a positive, encouraging message.
Although he was never academically trained, Calugi won the ADC Young Guns and Print Magazine Award in 2010. Jonathan’s commercial client list includes Apple, Nike, Airbnb, Barclays, Hilti,Alfa Romeo, Herman Miller, Vanity Fair, New York Times, Lulu Guinness, Google, DeLonghi, Eni amongst other and he is represented worldwide by Machas.
For more information: Rita Comi
www.itsMachas.com FROM 29th JUNE — 27th JULY 2017 - 11am–7pm
OPENING: THURSDAY 29th JUNE 6:30-9pm