This week, we’re welcoming the newest member of Artfinder’s curatorial team, Dario Illari. And we’re not going to hide it, we’re proud as punch.
Working alongside our lead curator, Alice, Dario will help to surface new and exciting talent, especially in the fields of printmaking, urban art, photography and painting.
Dario is the founder of Jealous Gallery and Print Studio, London. Jealous Gallery has worked with artists such as David Shrigley, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Gavin Turk, Harland Miller, Gary Hume, Rachel Howard, Chris Levine, Chantal Joffe and Rose Wylie, as well as London’s V&A, White Cube, Whitechapel Gallery and The Imperial War Museum. They’re also a big supporter of art education programmes and working proactively with charities such as Shelter and the Big Issue Art editions.
While his career within the creative community is impressive, Dario's view on himself and his work within the art world is remarkably humble.
“I truIy love what I do and am privileged to work with artists on a daily basis. I understand artists and the worlds they inhabit. I believe what art can be, should be and what it is. I understand its importance both culturally and historically. The rest about me is just filler.”
With the London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy fast approaching (25th to 28th April 2019), Dario has curated a collection of prints that have caught his eye. During the selection process, we asked him to explain the reasons behind choosing this particular collection of works.
“One of the main reasons behind this selection of works is to show the breadth of contemporary printmaking.
"Some of the works may be obvious, some perhaps more obscure and some very traditional, avant-garde or decorative.
"All the works I’ve chosen hopefully reflect, capture and respond to us at this moment in time as all contemporary art should.”
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Cover image via David Studwell