'A Gathering of The Faithful'
John Sideli 'Beneath The Surface'
Leading London Folk Art Dealers, Robert and Josyane Young, exhibited American Artist John Sideli from March 8-24th 2007. This was the first time that Sideli's compositions had been shown outside the United States. Prior to the major one man show at the Battersea Gallery, they presented selected pieces of Sideli's work at the new FORM Exhibition at Olympia, London (March 1-4) under their Rivière label.
Sideli combines, merges and juxtaposes selected disparate found objects, old fragments and salvaged materials to create compelling and poignant artworks.
Robert Young says: "I am in awe of Sideli's creativity, instinct and eye. He is sensitive to and observant of the inherent qualities of aged painted surfaces, worn and weathered timber, stone, leather and metals. John has a feel for unusual and distinctive elements with graphic lines, bold forms and subtle colours, with which he composes evocative and atmospheric pieces."
Robert and Josyane Young believe that Sideli's work serves to blurr the boundaries between old and new, and that it helps to break down the opposition between contemporary and antique.His pieces are a beguiling hybrid, modern art somehow distilled with the patination and charisma of age, yet exuding the excitement and spirit of the future.