Louise Giovanelli makes intense, luminous, paintings that refer both to art history and contemporary mechanics of viewing and consuming imagery. Cropped and isolated images gleaned from historical painting are repeated and restated, dislocated from their origin and repositioned within a rhizomatic sequence of works. Giovanelli employs a layering technique to build works that simultaneously composite multiple modes of representation and painterly lexicons of flatness, translucence, abstraction and realism.
Emphasised by underpainting revealed beneath and below the image; and finished with gestural glyph-like inscriptions on top of the illusionistic surface, Giovanelli’s works flit restlessly through a multiplicity of painterly strategies bringing together interruptions, false starts, and obfuscation into a corrupted yet beautiful polyphonic totality.
Louise Giovanelli was born in London in 1993 and lives and works in Manchester UK. She completed her BA in Fine Art at Manchester School of Art in 2015, and she recently studied at Städelschule in Frankfurt Am Main, Germany under Amy Sillman.
Her work was recently featured in The Anomie Review of Contemporary British Painting published by Anomie Press. Recent solo exhibitions include Aerial Silk, Grimm, New York; Manchester Art Gallery and 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.
Giovanelli’s work is in numerous museum collections including: The University of Salford Art Collection; The Grundy Gallery Collection; Manchester Art Gallery Collection; Warrington Museum and Art Gallery Collection; Touchstones Gallery Collection; and Private Collections in UK, USA, Canada, China, Slovakia, Germany, and Italy.
Louise Giovanelli: in mediās rēs30 Oct - 18 Dec 2020 LondonWorkplace is delighted to present in mediās rēs, Louise Giovanelli’s first solo exhibition in London.
Bringing together new paintings by the artist, in mediās rēs places the viewer in the centre of a seemingly unrelated grouping of images. In isolation, each appears as a fragment of a narrative; placed together in dialogue they allude to archetypal and existential themes.
Primer: Louise Giovanelli7 Oct - 7 Nov 2020 OnlineWorkplace is delighted to announce the launch of Primer a new series of online exhibitions which shed light on the artistic processes behind a single finished work. The first edition will present a new large scale painting by Manchester based artist Louise Giovanelli. Focusing on a key work from her...
TRANSMISSION17 Jul - 5 Sep 2020 OnlineWorkplace is pleased to present Transmission, a group exhibition of new and recent work by gallery artists Simeon Barclay, Marcus Coates, Jennifer Douglas, Louise Giovanelli and Laura Lancaster.
This exhibition is presented online inside a detailed virtual rendering of our first gallery space: Workplace, 34 Ellison Street, Gateshead, which opened in 2005 within the British Brutalist masterpiece Trinity Court designed by Rodney Gordon for Owen Luder Partnerships, and which was demolished in 2009. For this exhibition we have relocated the gallery to the coast - in both a nod to the sublime (an echo of Gordon’s vast, elemental architecture) and because the original street outside the gallery was destroyed.
Louise Giovanelli in: A Meeting with Erna ShillingPablo's Birthday, New York, USA 4 Sep - 13 Oct 2019Louise Giovanelli, Nina Hartmann, Mónica Hernández, Merve Iseri, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Tessa Perutz, Alice Quaresma, Tracy Thomason
A meeting with Erna Schilling is an invitation to six female artists to present works in conversation with and in response to Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s piece, Hockende necktie frau am teetisch, ca. 1912. The gallery takes no position by way of curation, however, observes that there is an ongoing questioning of the roles to be played by female and male artists, the balance of their representation, and the place they occupy in the art market.
Louise GiovanelliManchester Art Gallery 5 Jun 2019 - 19 Apr 2020 Museums & InstitutionsNew paintings by Giovanelli are shown alongside rarely-seen early Renaissance panel paintings from the collection of Manchester Art Gallery, as well as a selection of contemporary works by Victor Man and Mark Manders from the David Roberts Art Foundation and Tate.
StatueFrutta, Glasgow 12 Apr - 15 Jun 2019A turbulent, helter-skelter situation in a complex environment, Statue brings together a clusterfuck of familiar microcosms, presented in an unfamiliar way. The accumulated entities become a kin to a disaster on the logos—a productive interplay between fabrics, textures, nudes, plasters and mirrors.
B. 1993, London, UK
2018 Städelschule, Frankfurt Am Main (Prof. Amy Sillman)
2012-2015 B.A. (Hons) Fine Art, Manchester School of Art.
SOLO & DUAL
Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam (forthcoming)
Workplace, London (forthcoming)
Aerial Silk, Grimm Gallery, New York
Time Inside, Frutta Gallery, Rome
Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
Workplace Foundation, Gateshead
Hold your tongue, Louise Giovanelli and Pius Fox, Transition Gallery, London
A Throw to the Side, Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, Warrington
One flew east one flew west, CBS, Liverpool
Slow To Respond, Touchstones Gallery, Rochdale
From Here to Here (part 1 & 2), The Grundy Gallery, Blackpool
Prima Donna, The International 3, Salford
Life Still, C.L.E.A.R.I.N.G., New York
El oro de los tigres, Air de Paris, Romainville
A meeting with Erna Schilling, Pablos Birthday, New York
Tales of the haunted and the body by Kuba Paris, Casa Cristea Schneider, Berlin
Statue, Frutta Gallery, Rome
The Conduit by Workplace Foundation, Mayfair, London
Staedelschule Rundgang, Frankfurt Am Main
On Repeat, The Grundy Gallery, Blackpool
P is for Portrait, The Art House, Worcester
The Dream That Follows The Mouth, Arcade Gallery, London
In Residence, The Griffin Gallery, London
The Contemporary British Painting Prize, The Stables Gallery, London
Adolf Menzels Foot, PS Mirabel Gallery, Manchester
Beep Wales International Painting Prize, Swansea College of Art
Pleasure Islands, Artwork Atelier, Salford
Art in the Home, various venues, York
Institution | Outstitution, The International 3, Salford
The Painted World, Saatchiart Showdown Final, Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
ist Kunst ism, Federation house, Manchester
Tumbling Die, The Holden Gallery, Manchester
Ones To Watch, Sarow Galerie, Pforzheim, Germany
The Government Art Collection, Sarow Gallery collection,
The University of Salford collection, The Grundy Gallery collection,
Manchester Art Gallery Collection, Manchester School of Art collection
and Private Collections in U.K., USA, Canada, China, The Netherlands
Germany Italy and Slovakia
Louise Giovanelli, In Conversation, London: Anomie Publishing
The Anomie Review of Contemporary British Painting, London: Anomie Publishing
SELECTED ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
Studio visit with Louise Giovanelli Mmmilk Collective (online)
Review of Prima Donna - The International 3, Corridor8
Review of Institution | Outstitution, Art Monthly
‘Class of 2015:The North-West’s Top Fine Art Graduates Revealed’, The Double Negative
‘Ones To Watch’, Saatchiart, (Magazine)
GRANTS & AWARDS
Arts Council England project grant
Arts Council England project grant
The Eaton Fund
Special commendation: The Contemporary British Painting Prize
Shortlist: The Beep Wales Painting Prize
The Leonard James Fine Art Prize
The Manchester Academy of Fine Art Award
The Ken Billany Painting Prize
Second Prize - Saatchiart, Showdown: The Painted World
Master Artist Residency, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida
Cove Park emerging artist residency, Scotland
Griffin Gallery residency, London
Artist-in-residence, The International 3
FOUNTAIN Studio Residency, with Floating Island Gallery