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Bronzes (by Leonardo Lucchi) - La Galleria Pall Mall

Exhibition preview

AN EXHIBITION of works by Italian sculptor Leonardo Lucchi, Bronzes, will be on display at La Galleria Pall Mall from July 7 to August 6, 2009.

Lucchi’s figures are dignified and grave, but at the same time simple and natural, with gestures that are captured from reality and vibrate with life. They bear witness to a close study of instinctive movements and arouse a strong response in the viewer, reflecting the deep feeling expressed by the subjects themselves in the artist’s liberation of his own emotion.

The faces are portraits of real people, revealing their innermost selves and evoking deep meditation. They possess a spirituality felt and expressed by means of subtle touches indicating past suffering. Textures in the material used are varied and contrasted to give effects of translucence or opacity.

Airy movements and dance steps are hinted at in the poses of some figures, giving rise to the fancy that they could be moved by a breath of wind and that each is the embodiment of a gentle grace.

Stillness and movement alternate in a regular rhythm, and what emerges is an indication of an interior force that never disturbs the dynamic elegance of the exterior in its aim for lyrical perfection. (Liletta Fomasari)

Leonardo Lucchi was born on December 9, 1952 in Cesena near Rimini, where he now lives and works. He studied at the Art School of Ceramics in Faenza, graduating there in 1970.

During the first years of his career, he took part in various collective and personal exhibitions and he realized his first major works, Resurrection and Via Crucis, for the Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity in Singapore.

During more than 30 years of sculpting, he has exhibited his works in Modena, Rome, Venice, Florence, Ferrara, Milan, Bologna, Palermo, Bari, Paris, Basel and Gent. Bronzes will be his second solo exhibition at La Galleria Pall Mall.

Recently, he has completed several new public monuments. These include two bronze groups dedicated to the Fallen of the Second World War (Forli and Terni), a bronze fountain for the Life Square in Bolgare near Bergamo, and a new piece at Bangno di Romagne, images of which can be seen on the La Galleria Pall Mall Website

La Galleria Pall Mall represents Lucchi on a permanent basis and always has his work available to view or purchase.

La Galleria Pall Mall, 30 Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 4UY

Tel: 020 7930 8069