John Mezzini’s series of oil paintings, E lascia dir le genti, captures fragments of social interaction. The moment when inhibitions are dropped, and subjects are exposed in their most raw and vulnerable state where we are confronted by the beauty of the immediate. Mezzini reminds the viewer of meaningful personal connections indelibly imprinted and active in the formulation of who we see ourselves to be.
Mezzini believes the interpretation of his artwork is the responsibility of the viewer. His process is to encourage, not dictate. Closing in on the subjects in the compositions allows Mezzini to manipulate the refractive elements of light, with the intention of allowing the viewer to interpret the gestures and expressions of his central figures. Mezzini utilises found imagery, personal photos and drawings as starting points for his paintings, linking them to a coherent theme. Introducing elements of figurative and expressionist styles, with an academic grounding in abstraction, has given this series a raw and unscripted feel, creating new and unfamiliar visual treatments of the subject matter.