exhibitions & events 2023
Glasgow Print Studio Ground Floor Gallery
Exhibition Runs: 03 March - 01 April 2023
Preview: Thursday 02 March, 6pm - 8pm
Nadia Lucchesi’s exhibition of new lino prints sees her turn her distinctive illustrative style to the central subject of birds, many deeply symbolic across different cultures past and present. Cockerels, heron, peacocks and more are depicted in deceptively simple, bold and brightly coloured prints. Nadia is influenced by mid-20th century illustration and decorative design, and a love of visual storytelling, and these prints have been produced in a spirit of experimentation, joy, and playfulness.
"Most of the lino prints in this exhibition have been created in the last 12 months, and the central theme of birds has developed organically in that time. Many of these birds are deeply symbolic across different cultures past and present, which appeals to my aesthetic interest in myth and classical stories. Some hold personal meaning for me as well. The Heron for instance is a sign of hope; and the Golden Rooster a souvenir of a holiday in Portugal, where I met one of these gorgeous animals in a park: The ‘Galo de Barcelos’ is famously a national icon there. Other pictures - of Midas, the Sun and the Moon - come from a similar love of visual storytelling.
Every print is the result of multiple sketches as I attempt to distil myriad ideas and compositions down into one simple, bold image. I am deeply influenced by mid-20th century illustration and design - editorial, textile and ceramic - as well as folk art, which often uses an apparently naive style, and bold colours and patterns.
These works are a mix of one-block reduction prints, and two-block prints which allow me to overlap patterns and colours. They were produced in a spirit of experimentation, joy, and playfulness, something I hope is conveyed in the finished work."
Nadia Lucchesi studied Illustration and Printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, and has continued her creative practice ever since, producing personal work, editorial illustration and graphic design alongside a career in arts marketing. Her membership of Glasgow Print Studio, since 2017, has been instrumental in the development of her printmaking and professional practice. She had her first featured artist exhibition in its gallery in 2019.
Image: Nadia Lucchesi, 'Golden Rooster', 2022, linocut in an edition of 11. Nadia Lucchesi, 'Peacock', 2022, linocut.