Nicola Samorì creates works of dark beauty and baroque drama. His paintings are gouged, distorted, melted and destroyed. This act of destruction is so deliberate and contrasting to the works of painterly skill beneath that it can almost be seen as violent. Samori’s methodology is one that intertwines both violent destruction and baroque (even romantic) style paintings. Samori takes the attentive detail of his paintings which have the historical weight of past styles and creates something completely different. Even the destruction has a sense of beauty and composition. It's as if the Samori is asking, why abandon past technique and art when you can destroy and re envision it as you want?
In approaching the surfaces of his paintings as a material skin, Samori puts his compositions through an aggressive physical transformation which forces a reordering of the viewer’s perception. Quote from http://www.nicolasamori.com/
The build up of layers of religious and aesthetic history reveal subjective perceptions in the viewer’s own approach to personal belief. Hence, Samori’s installation is not only a forceful reminder of the very pagan roots of modern religion, but is also an examination of modern personal religious practices, or lack thereof, and its reverberations in contemporary art today. Quote from http://www.nicolasamori.com/
The artist website http://www.nicolasamori.com/ and more http://www.juxtapoz.com/current/the-works-of-nicola-samori
An interview with the artist http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mia-r-benenate/nicola-samori-interview_b_2046117.html and indepth review http://resideresidency.weebly.com/reside-blog-bridget-h-jackson/destruction-in-the-paintings-of-nicola-samor