About This Artist
Stelio Scamanga has been a major influence of Abstract painting in Lebanon -from which he left in 1976- and beyond, since the early 1960s. With Greek roots, today he is based in France and his works embody the power of Abstraction.
The pictorial frame is an integral part of the painting: it makes the representation of the colour field an exclusive presence. This frame points the animation of the central part, which becomes the object of attention and contemplation. It expresses an invitation to the entire world of painting, exclusively
present here in that field of colours, beyond which there is nothing to contemplate.
The rich harmonious colours and infinite variety of shapes and curves merging, crossing or intersecting, are comparable to a musical symphony, to the absolute of abstract painting. The work reveals itself through strokes of colours as light, in the form of assertions and assumptions, inviting us to an immense pleasure of emotions.
In his 1964 manifesto “Towards a New Space, The Perspective of The Abstract”, featured in the very recent publication "Modern Art in the Arab World: Primary Documents" by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Scamanga wrote:
“The perspective of abstract painting is based on the concept of the ‘space-limit’. A space that rejects the system of series and that adopts the labyrinth system that consists of mobile synthesis and where the view gets lost intentionally through a linear path, to reach a secret goal. A sort of fence is created, generating an infinite variety of blocks of space, forming a fragmented universe.”