Louise Giovanelli: A throw to the side

6 May 2017 – 15 Jul 2017

Event times

Mon - Fri 10am-4:30pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, closed Sundays and Bank Holidays

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Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

Warrington, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Warrington Bank Quay and Warrington Central railway stations both within walking distance of the Museum

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Featured as “one to watch” by Saatchi Art, Louise Giovanelli is an emerging artist whose haunting yet beautiful work is an examination of the sensorial possibilities of paint.


“Paintings, both contemporary and spanning the history of art, are Giovanelli’s primary subjects within her own paintings. Picking out sections or details from existing works – some well-known but mostly lesser-known – she reworks and represents them, focusing on aspects that attract her eye and critical attention. These might be unusual or odd formal elements – a neckline or a detail on an item of clothing – or can equally be things that are extraneous to the original, such as how candlelight might fall on it, or how it might appear during restoration work by a conservator. Considering the position of the viewer as much as the painter, Giovanelli explores the history of painting as object, the context of its display and reception, and the very mechanics of painting itself to investigate languages of painting both past and present, resulting in works that are cryptic, other-worldly and strangely enchanting. “ – Matt Price / Anomie Publishing.


This exhibition will display a new body of work by Giovanelli inspired by Warrington Museum and Art Gallery’s permanent collection. 

Using the collection as a site for speculation and play has provided Giovanelli with source material that she has then reconsidered and reconfigured through paint, extracting new content and suggesting alternative narratives.

Giovanelli’s starting point for this exhibition is the work of John Warrington Wood - a sculptor of mythological and biblical subjects with an interesting connection to both Warrington and Rome. Giovanelli has reflected upon and considered not only the pieces of his held within Warrington and the museum itself, but his wider reach and legacy and how these can be connected to her recent investigations into the relationships between painting, sculpture and architecture.

Louise Giovanelli is represented by The International 3 and is supported by Martyn & Valerie Torevell.

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