Lighting technology as if from Caravaggio – sculptural portraits in ERCO light
The exhibition space in which the artistic project by Matthew Penn, “Illuminating Characters”, will take place is a temporary black cubicle room. ERCO Pollux spotlights will be used here, either with 2W narrow spot distribution or as 6W contour spotlight, which will be ideal for the illumination of the three extremely large paintings. “I use the Pollux lights because they allow me to sculpt the light on the painting with more control and a refined definition,” Matthew reported in this interview. He uses ERCO lighting tools to deliver very targeted accent lighting onto specific details, lending further depth, and beyond that, true emotion. In order to achieve this goal, ultimate precision of the photometric technology is key to avoid spill light on unwanted areas of the artwork. The light is, one could almost say, painted into place.
A further very important theme was the selection of colour temperature. The artist selected Pollux luminaires in warm white, with 3000K, in order to emphasise faces, skin, hair and even wrinkles. Artistic lighting within the paintings is highlighted in neutral white, at 4000K, which creates a very life-like and almost three-dimensional effect. Matthew Penn explained, “This way of sculpting and manipulating the light on the painting enhances it to complete the piece. The combination of lighting and finished hyper-realistic painting takes the work into a mesmerising and engaging darker atmosphere where the viewer is transported and immersed within the portrait – a way of lighting not just to display the art but to enhance it and become part of the art itself.”