Francesco Clemente

born 1952

Francesco Clemente, ‘Midnight Sun II’ 1982
Midnight Sun II 1982
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Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Francesco Clemente’ 1985
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Francesco Clemente 1985
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Francesco Clemente (born in Naples March 23, 1952) is an Italian-born contemporary artist. His work is influenced by thinkers as diverse as Gregory Bateson, William Blake, Allen Ginsberg, and J Krishnamurti. Dividing his time between New York and Varanasi, India, Clemente has adopted for his paintings a vast variety of supports and mediums, exploring, discarding, and returning to oil paint, watercolor, pastel, and printmaking. His work develops in a non-linear mode, expanding and contracting in a fragmentary way, not defined by a style, but rather by his recording of the fluctuations of the self.

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