I might be a bit late posting this one, but sometimes late is better than never.
It’s not a secret that Tellas has been one of my favourite artists within the contemporary urban art scene. His illustrations and often huge murals are without exception mesmerizing, inviting you to an intimate conversation with his work.
Clima estremo, Tellas newest exhibition at Wunderkammern gallery in Rome, is a perfect example of this. Mostly inspired by his native land, Tellas transforms the landscapes of Sardinia into poetic artworks, creating abstract organic patterns characterised by a sophisticated aesthetic and a meticulous attention to details. By juxtaposing his work directly into the urban context, he reflects on the ties between humans and Nature and the complex dynamics that blends us into a single system.
For Clima Estremo, which ended on November 16th, Tellas introduced a new research linked to those extreme weather events attributed to human-induced global warming. The increasing threat of such unpredictable and unusually severe events is considered by many scientists a key factor in the study of climate change. Clima Estremo, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into our present, becoming a major challenge for contemporary society. Tellas’ solo show is an artistic journey that responds to the need to return to a more intimate connection with Nature. Through convulsive gestures and feverish strokes, Tellas initially wants us to feel as an external factor with respect to Nature. A Nature that can be violent, frightening, not under our control and dysfunctional. However, his artworks subsequently invite us to establish a novel rapprochement to a Nature that is indeed comforting and savior and that embraces and completely pervades the human race towards a balanced harmonious future.
The exhibition presented new artworks on canvas, textile, paper and engravings, along with an installation and a video. Some of them are featured below.
About the artist
Tellas (Cagliari, 1985) lives and works in Rome. The artist receives a degree in Visual arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna where he first came in contact with Urban Art. In 2014 he was listed as one of the 25 most interesting street artists worldwide by the Huffington Post US. His artworks have been exhibited in relevant national and international festivals and art institutions, such as the Venice Art Biennale with his project “Becoming Marni”, Venice (2015), the Bien Urbain Festival, Besançon (2014), Artmossphere, Biennale of Street Art, Moscow (2014), La Tour Paris 13 Project, Paris (2013), Le 4 mur Festival, Niort (2012).
Images © Alberto Blasetti
Founder and editor of Urbanite. Street Art lover who after the finishing her MA thesis on the muralist movement in the 1920-50s, developed a fascination for street art and graffiti that eventually led to collaborations with different art blogs, including the creation of this one.