Sotoportego Rosso

by Adam Chapman

A sinister looking red and black image of an architectural tunnel.

2011, oil on canvas

Sotoportego Rosso is Venetian dialect that means “Red Tunnel”. The sharp tones of white, red and black inspire an aggressive feeling in the viewer. The hidden subtext for using a Venetian term is that this depicts a scene from the small town of Arezzo. Therefore, the piece is based on a principle of “this is not as it appears.” To this concept, it should become apparent to the viewer that they move from the all consuming, sinister darkness towards the welcoming light.

Painted smaller in order to engage the viewer on a personal level.