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Lionel Aggett's Italy - W.H. Patterson Gallery

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ON SEPTEMBER 5, 2007, Minister Brauzzi from the Italian Embassy will open Lionel Aggett’s latest exhibition – Lionel Aggett’s Italy – and launch the accompanying book at London’s W.H. Patterson Gallery.

The exhibition consists of over 50 pastels which were drawn during a journey which took Aggett from the North of Italy through Liguria, Piedmont, Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio, Campania, right down to Basilicata and Puglia in the “heel” of Italy. It was during this ‘viaggio’ that he managed to capture the stunning scenery and landscape of the country.

The exhibition sees the vibrant colours of spring and summer – vivid yellows and luminous greens – alongside the fiery oranges and reds that descend upon the Italian countryside in autumn.

And such is the contrast between the russet, earthy reds and pinks with the subtler tones of green in the olive groves and cypresses; the depiction of life in the quaint towns Aggett encountered in his travels; and the harmony between towering architecture and organic structures, that viewers will instantly feel part of the scene.

The accompanying book, available at the gallery and priced £34.99, details Aggett’s journey and experiences as he searched for scenes and settings to capture for his latest exhibition. It is a celebration of his journey through the inspiring landscapes of Italy – from his encounters with the poorest and most remote villages to the great Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque cities – where he captured the soft light and warm, subtle colours of this passionate country.

Speaking about the exhibition, Aggett said, “It gives me much pleasure that my relationship with W.H. Patterson is being further nurtured by this, my second solo exhibition under the new ownership of Anthony, Glenn and Cory Fuller of Gladwell and Company. Their immense enthusiasm and professionalism will, I trust, be matched by the regard, love and empathy I have for Italy, which began during my architectural student days, and provides the theme for this show.

Venice, the city that more than lives up to its reputation when seen for the first time, continues to provide inspiration for my work from San Marco, the Pescheria and Eboria to the more remote, quieter areas, there is a constant plethora of subject matter.”

And Anthony Fuller commented, “Lionel has managed to capture the magic of Italy quite perfectly through his skill and technique. The visual experience is now enhanced by a superbly written account of the journey, both physically and emotionally, that Lionel has been on. We would love people to experience this with us at W.H.Patterson and relive those Italian memories as the summer comes to an end.”

The exhibition has the support of the Italian Ambassador to Great Britain.

Venue: W.H. Patterson Gallery, 19 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BB.

Lionel Aggett’s Italy – from September 5 to September 28, 2007.

Times – Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm; Saturday 10am to 1pm.

Admission: Free.

For more information call 0207 629 4119 or visit the website.