I came across Giulio Durini’s work through tumbler and I’ve been looking around to see where he sells his work and I can’t find any more information on him since 2014. However, I think that people who are into homoerotic art should know about his work.
I always approach looking at a work of art from a sort of formal or physical perspective. It’s too bad this is on the Internet because I’m not sure what the paint quality would be like in terms of how he handles texture. His paintings are sort of reminiscent of Lucian Freud however, unlike Freud’s they are viscerally pleasurable.
When talking about in Freud’s paintings is that the flesh tones tend to be certain grayish and the anatomy is distorted. If you look at Freud’s early work, you see that this is a almost deliberate thing that he’s cultivated over the years. With Durini’s work both the color and the anatomy are worked out in terms of more traditional representation. Which in my opinion helps the work rather than hinders it. He’s good with foreshortening and you can see all the landmarks that anatomists and artists alike in good painting. In general, is color seems to be more local or based on visual expectation than someone like Sigmund Freud or Eric Fischl.
In terms of his content for iconography, Durini is from a famous Italian family that is generations old. So when you look back at his work in his blogspot http://giuliodurini.blogspot.com/ and other places you can see that he’s doing a lot of portrait commissions and I imagine that’s what he may be doing now rather than the homoerotic art that I am showcasing here. In terms of the content Durini clearly appreciates the male form from an erotic point of view but also seems to appreciate from a sort of classical heroic pointed which makes the figures extremely powerful and masculine in a traditional sense. Although these young men are beautiful they look rugged and would fight you if you try to harm them in some way. To me they almost seem like Italian rough trade from the streets of Rome.
The context for biography is kind of scant and I really only found a couple of references to him on the net and below is one that I translated from Italian website.
Giulio Durini was born in Milan in 1966. In 1988 he was one of the first to win the scholarship Andy Warhol at the New York Academy of Art founded by Warhol.
In 1996 he exhibited at the Institut de France in Paris and in 1998 at the Spazio Consolo of Milan, within the show's new portrait in Italy, curated by Alessandro Riva.
In 1999 is present in Palazzo Sarcinelli for collective On painting. Italian artists under 40 years curated by Marco Goldin, and participates in painting Ritrovata, held in Rome at the Museo del Risorgimento.
Even with Alessandro Riva, Giulio Durini exhibits in Sui Generis, the Pac in Milan in 2000 and the same year is part of the collective Summer Stories, (B & B Art Gallery, Mantua).
In 2001 he became president of the Durini Foundation, founded in 1939 by the will of Count Antonio Durini, son of the painter Alessandro Durini and pianist Wilhelmina Litta, in order to help people "involved in the art of painting and sculpture of Italian nationality, preferably of provinces of Milan and Como. " the same year, Giulio Durini participates in the Cairo Communication Prize and the following year is present in the collective the dark side of literature, in conjunction with the Mantua literature Festival.
In 2003, one of the protagonists the first three steps of the Italian Factory project. The new Italian art scene, among the side events at the 50th Venice Biennale, in Strasbourg, at the Palace of the European Parliament and the Palace of the Promoter of Fine Arts in Turin, where he also joined the project by Fabrizio Ferri, Portraits.
in 2004 he was present at the White Night of Culture, in collaboration with Italian Factory, where he exhibited in the Palace of the Garden rooms. For several years between the official portrait painters of the Senate of the Republic.
"His young anti-heroes, the faces of which is mirrored almost always that of the artist, are a perfect example of the contemporary sensibility that combines an impeccable technique, deliberately inspired by models seventeenth-century and baroque, in an atmosphere in which we can only acknowledge our present time, with his vices, his existential drama and its vanities. " (Alessandro Riva). In June 2005 he participated in collaboration with Italian Factory in Miracle in Milan, at the Palazzo della Ragione in Milan. In 2006 he participated in the exhibition Ethnic groups at the Durini Foundation in Milan, on the occasion of the Contemporary day. In 2007 participates in the important Italian collective exhibition realized in the prestigious venue of the Shanghai Art Museum and collective The New Italian Art Scene at TFAM Taipei Fine Art Museum in Taiwan. In the same year he participated in the Italian Art 1968-2007 Painting, a group created by Vittorio Sgarbi, staged in the Palazzo Reale in Milan spaces. In 2008 he presents a solo show at First Gallery in Rome and participates in the exhibition project Rumors in Turin in conjunction with ARTISSIMA15.
In 2009 he was invited to participate in the collective "Italian Portraits", curated by Vittorio Sgarbi in Cento (Ferrara) Museum, and "Beauty Farm, the beauty of the body between idealization and obsession", in Milan.
In 2012 it is among the artists in the exhibition dedicated to the First Becchetti Collection Gallery in Rome, while in 2013 he was invited to participate in the Venice Biennale, in the Pavilion of the Syrian Arab Republic.
Giulio Durini lives and works in Milan.