The Estorick Collection continued its series of occasional interventions by Italian contemporary artists with Franco Rasma (b.1943). Here, 20 works in oil on wood painted by Rasma were shown alongside the Estorick’s permanent collection of modern Italian art. Redolent of Metaphysical art, Rasma’s paintings seem simultaneously contemporary and archaic. His manner of representing objects evokes a parallel universe and contains a narrative dimension where the unconscious is the protagonist. Franco Rasma was born in Borgomanero in Piedmont, Northern Italy. His paintings and sculptures evoke a reality from memories, dreams and unconscious thoughts. Rasma combines two worlds - simple objects from everyday life and imaginative sensory experiences.
In his dreamlike paintings he uses a limited palette - from pale yellow to brown to black. Strange animals or lonely human figures are intertwined with evocative, sometimes impossible landscapes.