New York artist Chambliss Giobbi creates masterpieces of intense, fantastic and vivid collage works – reminding one of Francis Bacon’s expressive distortions. We were riveted by the multi-layered images which 101/exhibit Gallery sent with the PR news for his new show of works, based on the Seven Deadly Sins. These are incredibly moving works, grotesque and personal, capturing the persona and/or subject matter in a deeply descriptive way. Chambliss has an uncanny ability to breakdown given parts of a subject and then reassemble them into surreal, complex re-imaginings.
From the artists’ website, a little more detail on his collage process and inspiration – “Chambliss Giobbi’s figurative collages work on two levels: Firstly, as objects of obsessive psychological and physical mutation, and secondly, as testaments to an intense personal courtship between artist and model. After a marathon photo session with his subject, Giobbi prints thousands of photographs. He then tears the prints and glues them, piece by piece, layer upon layer, to create the image. What follows is a series of collages on panels. Some pieces are flat, while others utilize sculpted forms to create three-dimensional surfaces: Each series embodies a reinvention of technique that conforms to how Giobbi sees the individual portrayed.”