Usually a photographer, Paolo Ventura turned to the acrylic paints he had previously stored away in his studio in the Italian town of Anghiari when the coronavirus crisis hit. Stranded in lockdown without his camera, he started painting. The paints and large sheets of paper “became like bread and cheese in the cellar for a mouse”, he says. “They saved me, gave meaning and strength to days that were all the same, all different”. Ventura painted away his boredom by portraying things he found around the house (shoes, combs, hairs in the drain, pencils, spent matches, a cactus plant) and making portraits of his female partner, himself, and even a small sparrow outside the window.
44 p, ills colour & bw, 26 x 36 cm, folder, English