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
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
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
North Yorkshire County Council - Harrogate - 1998
Durham University - Trevelyan College – Durham – 2011
NHS Trust – York Hospital – 2011 + 2013 + 2014 + 2015
Northumbria County Council (Wansbeck District Council) – 2004/2005
York University – RCSS Building – Heslington, York – 2014 + 2015