L’esprit de l’escalier

Antonio Santin

L’esprit de l’escalier, 2020

Oil on canvas



Galerie Isa


Price available upon request

About The Work

In his latest series of paintings, Santin demonstrates how both his painterly and sculptural skills translate into stunning artworks that not merely depict a somewhat uncanny carpet, but an almost abstract relief. His painted carpets are images whose sources are photographs of draped carpets on the floor. They are so richly detailed and lively in color that they first seem like an actual carpet hung on the wall, revealing a world of beautiful patterns and harmony. After that first encounter with the ornamental beauty of the carpet, the viewer experiences a curiosity that is evoked by the folds in the carpet, is something underneath, did something heavy push from the sides, or are we merely witnessing an innocent moment of halt?

About Antonio Santin

Antonio Santin (born 1978 in Madrid, lives and works in Madrid, Spain) is known for his hyperrealistic, dramatic paintings depicting skillfully executed ornamental tapestries. Santin’s paintings including his earlier, large series of portraits seem to be the results of the forces of light and dark, of the visible and the hidden. Similar to the techniques of tenebrism and chiaroscuro that the master painters such as Caravaggio and da Vinci introduced to European painting in the 15th and 16th century, Santin is able to depict dramatic scenarios, not only of human expression but even of textile folds the latter with a humorous lightness.

Galerie Isa

Galerie Isa was founded by Ashwin Thadani in 2011, and has since established itself as a leading proponent of international contemporary art on the Indian subcontinent. Newly located in the iconic Kamani Chambers building in the Art Deco district of Ballard Estate on the ground floor with a sprawling space of 5000 square feet, the gallery carefully develops each exhibition as part of a cumulative curatorial endeavour, introducing its audience to the kaleidoscopic practices of today’s most dynamic artists, from emerging and mid-career, to the world-renown. Galerie Isa’s programing is distinguished by a long-standing dialog with artists such as Michael Kunze, Gregor Hildebrandt, Louise Despont, Antonio Santin, Idris Khan, Annie Morris, Diana Al-Hadid, and Edouard Baribeaud. The gallery regularly produces scholarly catalogues and collaborates with external curators to create fascinating and thematic exhibitions. These shows have brought works from such critically acclaimed artists as Alicja Kwade, Ali Banisadr, Olafur Eliasson, Adrian Ghenie, Secundino Hernandez and Wolfgang Tillmans. Now in its ninth year, Galerie Isa continues to offer a unique platform to a compelling range of international figures who have already made their mark on art history and have contributed so much to the development of 21st Century Art. It is the strength of these artists’ reception in India and the region, coupled by a new vision of India within the global context, that continues to drive the gallery and Ashwin Thadani, its founder.

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