Untitled (2013) by Carlo Angelo Saavedra

Title: Untitled
Year: 2013
Artist: Carlo Angelo Saavedra
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 32 in x 32 in.

About the work:
The addition of work by younger artists should never bother the older artist who oftentimes might say: “Who is that?” The answer is that he is new as you once were. Carlo Angelo Saavedra makes no qualms about this. He merely paints what he sees and sometimes does not see. Although he once made the claim to be a figurative or representational painter, his work in the collection is abstract.

Can we be touching on something new, something different here? Given that the artist utilizes atmospheric effects to blur and reveal his subject, no fathomable object is revealed here, unless one can see the vision of a boat raging against a storm captured on the brink of sunset. It is from this point of departure that the canvas reminds us of The Slave Ship (1840), originally titled Slavers Throwing overboard the Dead and Dying—Typhoon coming on, by J. M. W. Turner.

Just like Turner, Saavedra’s emphasis on color rather than design create indistinct shapes that focus on the inferiority of man’s perception and his powerlessness as compared to the raging energy of creation, the hidden power behind everyday life and finally the destructive joy of the Avenger on the final day. Perception can sometimes place us in the last ship riding through the storm, waiting for the seas to be still, and then the calm arrives. There is peace but the clouds are a reminder that the storm will come again.