Using Manchester Art Gallery’s The Crucifixion by the school of Buoninsegna di Duccio from the 14th century as her starting point, Manchester based painter Giovanelli has undertaken a major Arts Council England funded research project to visit early panel paintings and frescoes in Europe and the US. Artworks from this period by early Renaissance masters Duccio, Giotto and Piero della Francesca, as well as contemporary artists Mark Manders and Victor Man, have influenced her new collection of paintings and a selection of these artists’ works will be in dialogue with her canvases.
Giovanelli employs a layering technique to build composite works that simultaneously presents multiple modes of representation and explores painterly concepts of flatness, translucence, abstraction and realism. Paying great attention to surface, Giovanelli’s use of colour ranges from muted grainy pinks and powder blues to luminous deep blue-blacks that saturate the surface, she reveals the painting’s own history by scratching through with fine lines to reveal layers of multi-coloured underpainting.
With thanks to the Torevell family for their ongoing support of Louise Giovanelli’s work.
Louise Giovanelli lives and works in Manchester UK. She completed her BA in Fine Art at Manchester School of Art in 2015 and is currently studying at Städelschule in Frankfurt Am Main, Germany, under the renowned US painter Amy Sillman. Her work was recently featured in The Anomie Review of Contemporary British Painting published by Anomie Press. Giovanelli has exhibited in London, Germany and the United States; recent exhibitions include The Dream Follows the Mouth at Arcade Gallery London, and a solo show at Workplace Gallery, Gateshead. A Throw to the Side, Warrington Museum and Art Gallery; Slow to Respond, Touchstones Gallery, Rochdale; From Here to Here, Part 1 & 2, The Grundy Gallery, Blackpool. Her works are part of public and private collections in the UK, USA, Canada, China, Germany, Italy and Slovakia and were recently acquired by Manchester Art Gallery and The Government Art Collection.