About

Giuliana Lazzerini was born in Seravezza near Pietrasanta in Tuscany. Between 1962 and 1968 she was a student at the Istituto D'Arte Stagio Stagi in Pietrasanta, gaining a Master of Arts Diploma. This was followed by a further four years studying painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara.

Giuliana moved to Yorkshire, England in 1987 and now lives in York.

The Tuscan landscape and childhood memories still bear a strong influence upon the artist's current work. In an earlier statement she describes her first encounters with art in Italy as a child in her father's mosaic studio. She refers to the "translucency of the mosaic fragment" and her "fascination with the vibrancy of colour" from the juxtapositioning of the pieces.

These early perceptions, several years on, provide a language and a vocabulary for her pictures in terms of colour, surface, scale of which she uses in the construction of her tapestry-like, interlocking, angular-surfaced village landscapes.

...Architecture exists within a shallow space; Structures are locked together through a medieval, narrative sort of pictorial logic. The viewer's eye is then led through and across these interweaving spaces with the most seductive and delightful channels of colour.

In other works Lazzerini depicts solitary portrait images. Figures often appear with props - shells, cups and boats. There are equestrian references. Are these characters the inhabitants of Lazzerini's interlocking Tuscan villages, or part of some ceremonial ritual? These pictures show an economy in terms of compositional design, with richness of surface mark and colour, reconfirming the artist's earlier delight in light and transparency.

"My work is varied and often developed from an idea encountered during a journey that takes me in an unknown territory where I grow as an Artist. I usually work in small series of paintings, where memory and imagination come to interplay. Time made me more familiar with the English Northern landscape and it finally has left a mark in some of my work, as I become more intrigued by its drama and atmosphere."

Selected Group Shows:

              Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Exhibition - London & U.K. Tour

                The Discerning Eye Exhibition - Mall Galleries, London

              Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours - Mall Galleries, London

              Royal Institute of Oil Painters - Mall Galleries, London

              Royal Scottish Academy - Edinburgh

              Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts Exhibition - Glasgow

              Women in Art - Gallery 14, Florence

              Ad Occhi Aperti - Chiostro Di S.Agostino, Pietrasanta

              St. Marco Gallery - Rome

Selected Solo Shows:

              Gallery 41 – Watchet - Somerset

               blue tree gallery - York

               Pyramid Gallery – York

              Gallery Forty-Nine – Old Town - Bridlington

              Minster Fine Art – York / Adze Gallery – York

              Galleria Lazzerini - Mount Pleasant, Michigan, U.S.A

              Juno Gallery – Dunoon, Argyll - Scotland

              Bottle Kiln Gallery/ Opus Gallery - West Hallam / Ashbourne, Derbyshire

              C.C.A. Galleries - Fulham, London + Farnham, Surrey

              South Yorkshire Art Gallery - Doncaster

              South Square Gallery - Bradford

              Fairbairn House - Leeds University

              J.K. Kelly Gallery - Glasgow

              Traquardo Gallery - Forte Dei Marmi, Tuscany

              Al Ponte Gallery - Ponte Tresa, Switzerland

Awards:

              Herring National Award - Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, London

              Gold Medal Award - Gallery 14 - Florence

              International Shield - IL Quadrato - Milan

              Silver Medal Award - St. Marco Gallery - Rome

Published Work:

              Art Cards and Open Prints by The Art Group

              Limited Edition Prints by Aquarelle Pictures

              Art Calendar 2007 by Korsch Verlag – Germany

              Limited Edition Prints by Hibell Art Japan – exclusive for Japan - 2011

              Masala Cards in the U.S.A. with the Grasshopper Art Cards – 2012/13/14/15

              Museums & Galleries Cards U.K. Occasions & Xmas Art Cards -2012/13/14/15/16/17

Public Collection:

              North Yorkshire County Council - Harrogate - 1998

              Durham University - Trevelyan College – Durham – 2011

              NHS Trust – York Hospital – 2011 + 2013 + 2014 + 2015

Public Commission:

              Northumbria County Council (Wansbeck District Council) – 2004/2005

              York University – RCSS Building – Heslington, York – 2014 + 2015

CV townscape detail
Antonella Serafini (curator)
From, "The Self-portrait" Ad Occhi Aperti No.3,
Selected artists theme exhibition catalogue, 28.02.98,
Chiostro Di S.Agostino, Pietrasanta, Tuscany, Italy

Peter Wooland B.A. (Hons), M.F.A.
Senior Lecturer in painting at the University of Sunderland.
From "The Italian Connection" selected theme exhibition catalogue,
Official Year of The Visual Arts U.K., 1996, Vicarage Cottage Gallery, North Shields, Tyneside.

The landscape of the mind is Giuliana Lazzerini's self-portrait. Living in Great Britain she remembers the Mediterranean; a vision between the imaginary and the literary with the pretext to pay tribute to her masters; Klee, Moses Levy, Giotto and Tuscan painting, her own personal artistic memory.