SERVADIO – Hastings Boudoir
Oil on Canvas
101 x 152 cm, 2021
Michele Servadio was born in Italy in 1986. He grew up in a small village in the Veneto countryside. Drawn to painting and drawing from an early age, Servadio attended the Art School in Padua and the University of Visual Arts in Venice. In 2007 he approached the world of tattoos, fascinated by its tradition and cultural phenomenon. He moved to London in 2010.
In his atelier in Hackney Wick, Servadio creates new projects which interconnect the different practices of tattooing, painting, printmaking, photography, and performance art. Merging these diciplines, feeding them back into one another, he creates a unique universe where he is able to explore and describe the human condition and his environment.
The aesthetics of his work is dark and melancholic; it embodies Folklore, expressionism, and the bleakness of a post-industrial scenario.
In 2014 he started to experiment with sound and tattooing. This gave birth to 'Body of Reverbs', a contemporary Ritual combining sound, pain, accupuncture and permanent marks on the body. Body of Reverbs has been presented in the form of live performances and instilations across the UK, Europe, Asia and America.
His artworks have been exhibited in England, Italy, and Germany.
Signed by the artist.
“I developed this painting after spending some time at my dear friends Tom Williams and Rincen Caravacci’s house in Hastings on the south coast of England. It is the best place to isolate, to play the Decameron.
It is isolation with friends and a diluted long party. Reminiscent of the feeling you have as a child when there is no school – or as an adult with no commitments. A moment in time where the clocks and calendars seem to have stopped. This painting on the surface seems like a celebration. But there is an undercurrent of instability and despair. The eye twitches. The smile falters. There is an uncertainty in the legitimacy of this happiness.
You can see it in the jabbed lines and the abrasive rhythm of the colors. The twisted torsos of the bodies don’t relax.” Servadio