While my work contains references to literature, history and the decorative arts, my objective in printmaking is not the illustration of ideas borrowed from those disciplines, but the realisation of well-resolved images through close engagement with technique.
I hope my artistic work never makes any statements that could be made by other means. Colour, the quality and movement of a line and the overall composition and visual impact of an image are what my prints are about; although I maintain a strong adherence to figurative truth, I don’t generally attach great importance to the subject matter per se.
My interest in flatness and palette reduction came into focus during a couple of years spent investigating the possibilities of silhouette in silkscreen printing via the paper stencil. More recently I have approached the medium of stone lithography with a view to exploring new surface qualities in my work.
Patrizio Belcampo was born in Ravenna, Italy in 1979. In 2003 he moved to Edinburgh, where he became a member of Edinburgh Printmakers in 2005 and graduated in Drawing and Painting from Edinburgh College of Art in 2011. His work has been exhibited in various galleries in Edinburgh, including the Royal Scottish Academy, where he was awarded the Keith Prize for best work by a student in 2009 and the SSA’s Website Prize the following year. In 2010 he showed the series “Crash” as Edinburgh Printmakers’ Featured Artist.
His prints featured as part of the Venice Biennale in the World exhibition of 2011, hosted by the Arsenale in Venice and the Italian Cultural Institute in Edinburgh.
He has also shown his work at national art fairs, such as the Affordable Art Fair in London and the Edinburgh Art fair. He currently works in screenprinting and lithography as a member of Edinburgh Printmakers