Icona di un amico 50 x 70 cm 2001
ANDREA CONNELL FANTECHI
I have been following Andrea Connell Fantechiʼs work for many years and can say confidently that he is without doubt the best young artist that I know. His style is hard to define but very distinctive and decorative, with its bold use of primary colour, its sharply delineated landscapes and its sensuous portraiture. Being a Florentine, Andrea is a classical stylist, but there are more modern influences in his work too — some of his almost-geometrical treatment of the built environment suggests Jeffrey Smart, and there is more than a hint of David Hockney in his sky-blue seascapes. Underlying his work I sense his yearning for the freedoms of his other homeland, Australia, with its wide horizons, its broad beaches and balmy summer air. One of his most poignant pictures depicts this life retreating from him through the window of an airliner.
Ben Hills, Sydney