World Fine Art Professionals and their Key-Pieces, 69 - Barbara Busetto
Barbara Busetto was, like Dino de Simone, a participant of the Italian-Dutch group exhibition in the MLB Galery in Amsterdam last January. In contrast to Dino de Simone, she doesn’t focus on the urban, the city, but the landscape, nature. Trees play a special role in her work.
Nice to note: her first painting lessons she had from Dino de Simone. After that she went to the Evening Art Academy of Brera, the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, to be taught in portraits, drawing, and plastics. That was ten years ago. She liked drawing from her childhood, but she didn’t choose the path of art as a career. She followed another passion: languages. She masters no less than seven languages. She became a headhunter and this she still is.
Attract observer into the painting
Barbara Busetto: “I select people. Not only in Italy. Also in other European countries: Germany, UK, Hungary, USA. So I travel a lot for my job. It enables me to observe cultures. In the weekends, I’m going to another world, the world of landscapes and emotion.” When she paints, always with oil, she starts right on the canvas, no initial sketches.
“I need to feel something before I put my first brushstrokes. I want to convey this emotion to the observer of the painting. The emotion I myself have influences the way I mix the colors. Usually violet, purple and green. I really want to attract the observer into the painting. Therefore I prefer a very big format. 1.50 till 1.80 meter. I want to give the observer the opportunity to relieve himself from his soul anxiety and explore metaphysical levels. ”
Trees are always in her paintings. “Trees have a soul, like people. They also have a memory. Trees have a role between the earth and the sky, they act as a bridge. In each painting there is an area, usually in or around the centre where the atmosphere gets a little vague. I want to give the observer the opportunity to cross into another world, comparable with the pit in which Alice – in Alice in Wonderland – disappeared in.”
There are a lot of paintings in one color. But this one color, usually blue or green, has a great number of variations. In the painting The Trees’ Memory there are 35 different greens.
Next to the large paintings she makes small paintings. Also with trees and water on it. She started with it six years ago. “They are like bricks, they are part of a series and always shown like series. Because they are bricklike it is easy to make nice combinations.”
A free zone
Drawing she also still does. In the weekends as well, mostly in the evenings. The rest of the week she has another focus. Trying to find job solutions for people in a structured way. She benifits greatly from her artwork, she says. “It’s a very psychological job, the headhunting. Art makes me more creative, it gives me more arguments.
Asked about a key work she mentions the painting Rosso Innanzitutto. It was in the newspaper Secolo XIX. You see stones at the seaside in red and the sea waves in the background. “A good representation of Liguria. Liguria is full of historic traces.”Another example is “Mystic Wood” , where trees are represented in the night and a light spot emerges showing a mysterious figure in the background.
“Painting is to me like a a free Realm ” she says, when we end with her philosophy. “Art is free, a free zone where you can experience anything. I am really lucky that I can do this. I can represent at the canvas what I want to. It is a great privilege.”
Image 1: The Trees Memory, 2008, 2: Mystic wood, 2008, 3: Rossoinnanzitutto, 2007, 4: small tree painting, 5: small tree painting, 6: small treepainting, 7: Violet Landscape, 2010, 8: L’onde anomala, 2007, 9: The Trees' Dream, 2010, 10: Barbara Busetto