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an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Laura Vecchi-Ford
The Russell Gallery,
New Quay, Burrin, County Clare
Born in 1939 in
Italy, Laura studied Art at the renown Academy of Brera in Milan before moving
to Galway in 1967. Since then she has been working as a lecturer in Art History
and Italian Literature at the University College of Galway and retired in 2001.
Saturday 26th March - 23rd April
Literature, poetry alongside paintings, etchings and graphics have been the
central focus of research and passion throughout the long career of this talented
and resourceful woman.
Her first solo exhibition of paintings was in 1967 in Novi Ligure (Italy) ,and
in the same year also a series of her engravings were presented at the Biennale
of Milan. She started exhibiting in Ireland, in Kenny’s in 1971 and then
Cork, Limerick, Dublin and England.
In the seventies was a Co-founder of ‘Graphica 2 Ireland’ and ‘Galway
art groups’ and exhibited her work during the very first two art festivals
in Galway; She then continued her academic work and the collaboration with
and writers holding conferences and exhibitions. She also published her lyrics
Today, the key point of her investigation has become clear and revolves around
the links between Literature, Poetry and Art.
‘Wording ‘ is often woven into painting, and often the images want
to be modeled into lyrics: paper, wood or canvas offer the ‘Surface’
on which Laura need to express the ‘character of permanence of our reality,
while it lasts’ as she remarks. Sea, lakes, trains, car, drinkers are
some of her obvious subjects, that not only presents panoramic views but seem
to represent a form of meditation on memories, or instances of experienced
This exhibition presents a selection of Laura’s paintings from the early
days of surrealism and post-expressionism up to some recent work and will be
exposed alongside the print of her lyrics. The continuity of her approach towards
the ‘Surface’ is evident: her colors are vivid and her subjects
are strongly rooted in a reality that is often a state of mind. This is a very
interesting show that gives you the opportunity to explore the world of this
extraordinary artist, certainly an important contribution to the general art
development in the West.
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