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Damian Llambias – Artist and Curator

Ana Bianchi uses the medias of installation, sculpture, photography and painting, sometimes assembling images and objects, often creating fictive narratives that relate to personal experiences.

In this body of work each painting is a point of clear resolution and perspective, landscapes that distil and harness clarity from a busy, cluttered world, where the superfluous has been obliterated and what remains is the beauty of simple, functional structure. Her paintings tell no past, present or future, and it remains ambiguous as to whether these buildings, boats and power lines are still in man's service, or discarded.

The ground is wiped clear of features, it is reduced to a supporting surface that pans beyond the canvas. We do not see the fruits of labour on this vast land, or any trace that people still exist in these places. Edward Hopper-like in their absence of detail, they speak of isolation. The lack of narrative in these panoramic paintings, their still and timeless quality, result in images that are both romantic and apocalyptic.

Stormy Weather by Amelia Dobson (The Hill May 2002)

Amelia Hodsdon takes a look at the work of local resident and successful artist Ana Bianchi

From her home in Warwick Gardens and her Gloucestershire retreat, Ana Bianchi has been creating her new collection of vast, sweeping canvas landscapes. Tracing Horizons, her first solo exhibition, opens at the Gavin Graham Gallery in Ledbury Road W11 on 21 May.

Already well-known for her sculptures and installations, having exhibited in such diverse places as Skoki in Poland, the biannual Quenington open-air sculpture show and the Stroud House Gallery, Ana appears set to repeat her successes with these stunning paintings, which present the viewer with as many questions as do answers. Gaze at Ana’s images and you enter a dreamy hinterland, at first calm and tranquil, but then increasingly unsettling. The placid scenes, Edward Hopperesque in their long range vision and absence of fine detail, transport the viewer from initial contentment to mild puzzlement.

Are the buildings, boats and power lines still in use or discarded? Where are the people in these perhaps post-apocalyptic scenes? The images waver between the beautiful and the unsettling, the calm and the eerie. The eye and the imagination begin to fill in the absent detail, but unsure of how to interpret the artist’s intentions, each viewer will construct their own romances around each painting...

Ana’s works are a perfect example of thought-provoking art which speaks differently to every individual. They are also in themselves stunning images, beautifully painted and intelligently romantic. This is an exhibition not to miss.

 
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