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New Mexican (Newspaper) - November 10, 2000, Santa Fe, New Mexico By Paul Weideman The New Mexican hen hes at the easel painting and listen ing to jazz music and trancing out on the whole experience Nicola CarpiNelli dips into the living memories of 1950s ws ws mad beat the children of the AmencaifDop as Jack Kerouac called them who drove from Mintons in New York City to Denvers Larimer Street to the Vesuvio saloon in San Francisco in pursuit of the crazy jazz energies of Charlie Parker and Slim Gaillard and Dizzy Gillespie I paint a lot of said CarpiNelli a selfproclaimed neobeat painter I listen to Miles and Cokrane when Im working so 1 have this loose imagery like the improv 1 get into that trance B CarpiNellis large paintings are like symphonic col lages abstract assemblages of iconic images scrawled words color swatches dripping paint and usually black bulls with white horns I was in Spain the first time when 1 was 8 years old and Id go to bullfights and cry because sometimes there would be four or five matadors on top of the bull CarpiNelli said The bull has been a longtime theme lor me My mother is a Taurus and my father is an Italian bull a real strongheaded man Ive analyzed a lot why I use the image so much The bull is so powerful and so poetic but 1 think in the end its just me its my CarpiNellis new works at William DeBilzan Gallery in banla Fe treat various themes Keep Breathing Itll Be OK contains religious refer ences from the artists schooling at St Johns Catholic Schoolm Encinitas Calif A thick bloodred line runs through the bull a crucifix a skull and other images A smppet of text repeats I will not chew gum in class El Amor pan Siempre The Love That Lasts Forever is one of only two paintings in which CarpiNelli has included the matador with the bull The two figures are m motion in contrast to the standing bulls in the other paintings El Amor includes an image of a guitar and has a musical feeling This one isnt CarpiNelli said You can see new thing a lot when you look at it Abstraction is beau lilul because you can see different things from day to day depending on your mood whether youre happy or VVJ A goat replaces the bull in the recent Myths To Live By CaipiNelli said thai painting reflects a more feminine perspective stimulated by the pregnancy of his wife Sarah The words Nietzsche savior and phrase I cannot be what I am not appear in the painting The writing 1 add to paintings also is like he said The words pop out as 1 CarpiNelli enjoys the work of CoBrA expressionist painters such as Karel Appel who also have worked snippets of text often with a political edge into their paintings El Amor para mixed media 64 x 96 inches CarpiNelli born in 1965 in Hollywood recently moved to Santa Fe from California I met William DeBilzan in Laguna Beach in 1997 he said We had a group of artists kind of a kooky crowd and we would paint together at his studiogallery there DeBilzan had asked me to come and sec Santa Fe for a year and after I finally came I sold my house in a heart beat and moved CarpiNelli studied art in Spain but said he thinks of the experience more as folly than anything beneficial It took me over 10 years to genuinely free myself Irom the encumbrances of my formal training he writes in an artists statement UI believe very strongly that artists should be free to express themselves and break through the barrier of a sometimes closed world I learned more about painting by walking the streets of bpatn and CarpiNelli in fact forsook the brush and paints after art school He got into rock n roll instead singing playing guitar and writing songs in a BeatlesEaglesLed Zeppelin amalgam In October 1996 his band the Chrome Lilies secured a Japanese record deal At that point most people would get ready to tour but instead 1 went out and bought painting Carpi Nelli said r He credited three people with encouraging him as an artist his wife his fathers mother who was born in continued on Page 22 DETAILS WHAT Nicola CarpiNelli Paintings WHEN Ongoing through Nov 20 WHERE William DeBilzan Gallery 708 Canyon Road Gypsy Alley No 6 INFO 9865865 PAS ATI EM PO21 ;