SARDINIAN artist Graziano Piras channelled the energy of viewers as he painted at the opening of his exhibition The Second Thought at the Mezzanine Gallery in Darlington last night. Mezzanine Gallery artistic director Mark Alderson said Mr Piras’ work did not appeal to everyone. “Graziano’s work is not for everyone, but nor is anything that is challenging and original,” he said. “Graziano finds powerful stimulation in the realm of parapsychology from which he channels mystical guidance from people of this world and beyond.” Mr Alderson said despite this intensity, Graziano was profoundly optimistic, generous and humble. “He doesn’t take himself too seriously but rather uses stimulus to free himself and to liberate his expression,” he said. “To this end music is indispensible, drawing out the stark colour contrasts and savage lines, but also the gentle detail and streams of symbols that are interwoven.” Mr Alderson said it was as important to the artist to avoid getting a work wrong as it was to get it right. “If a work doesn’t capture his intention, then it’s important that no-one sees it,” he said. “The image of the temperamental artist is a cliché, but for Graziano to show inauthentic work would be a violation of what he’s about. “For this reason, he destroys many works that fail this test, but those that survive are triumphs.” The Second Thought opened last night and will display works by Mr Piras across the weekend from 10am to 4pm at the Mezzanine Gallery at the Darlington Hall.