Gemma Detti
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Gallery, Italy
Via Roma 2
Manciano, 58041 GR
Tuscany

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Biography

“My work intends to dress the bare wall in harmony with its architectural surroundings.” Gemma is an architect who turned artist when she realized that her clients were hanging her designs on their walls as works of art. She is now best known for her “architectural portraiture” in which she employs sharp lines and strong colours to striking effect. The star of show is the metropolis, imagined and portrayed with stark geometry. She also paints figurative subjects, though the approach is softened and less analytical. She has been working in Italy since she returned in 2010 after six years in London. Her current work is principally dedicated to unearthing and interpreting emblematic examples of the man-made landscape in, amongst other places, London, Milan and Tuscany. The two largest pictures in the show are of La Scala Opera House in Milan and Giotto’s Bell Tower in Florence. Gemma was born in Rome, where she later trained as an architect and specialized in the restoration of farmhouses, historic buildings and the construction of new hotels and restaurants. As an architect, she also spent many years in the South of Italy in the reconstruction after the earthquake of 1980, and worked on projects in the former Yugoslavia and the Middle East. In 1992 she studied fresco and marbling techniques in Urbino, which she applied to walls, plaster panels and wooden furnishings. She now works on canvas treated with quartz paint, creating a wall-like surface, on which she lays several coats of acrylic paints with natural pigments. In 2009 her work was chosen by Italian Cultural Institute for the inaugural art event at the FIAT gallery space in Central London and in 2010 she held her first Italian show at the Rosa Grand Hotel in Milan. In 2011 her painting Il Lingotto was shown at the 54th Venice Biennial in Turin and she held a Solo Exhibition at the Dokkaffee Gallery in Rotterdam. On 27th December 2011 she opened a gallery in her home town of Manciano in the Maremma area of Tuscany. She is represented in London by the Colomb Art Gallery.


Publications / Fashion Exhibitions

  • Salon Gallery, Westbourne Grove, London W2 – 2005
  • Founding member of the Marylebone Arts Brigade – 2006
  • The Old Fire Station, Marylebone, London W1 – 2007
  • Enid Lawson Gallery, New Cavendish Street, London, W1 - 2007-2008
  • Battersea Art Fair - Enid Lawson Gallery – 2007
  • Edinburgh Art Fair - Enid Lawson Gallery – 2007
  • Colomb Art Gallery, George Street, London W1 - 2007-2009
  • Art in Marylebone, Old Library, London W1 – 2008
  • Westminster Open Exhibition, SW1 Gallery, London – 2008
  • Colomb Art Gallery, George Street, London W1 - Solo Exhibition - March 2009
  • Art in Marylebone, American InterContinental University, London W1 – 2009
  • Westminster Open Exhibition, SW1 Gallery, London – 2009
  • Solo Exhibition, Italian Cultural Institute at FIAT Marylebone, London – 2009
  • Marshall Street Gallery, Soho – 2010
  • Louise Blouin Foundation, London W11 - Solo Exhibition – 2010
  • Solo Exhibition, Rosa Grand Hotel, Milan, Italy – 2010
  • Solo Exhibition, Manciano, Tuscany, Italy - City Lights – 2010
  • Arezzo Art Fair, Tuscany – 2011
  • Artour-o, Florence – 2011
  • Solo Exhibition, Vivamus, Manciano, Tuscany – 201
  • Reggio Emilia Art Fair, Emilia Romagna – 2011
  • In Etruscan tombs, Poggio Buco, Pitigliano, Tuscany – 2011
  • Gemma Detti Gallery, Manciano, Tuscany - inaugurazione - December 2011
  • Solo exhibition, Dokkaffee, Rotterdam, Netherlands – 2011
  • 54° Edizione Biennale di Venezia - Pad. Italiano, Torino - 2011-2012
  • Solo Exhibition – Le Chiuse- Manciano – Tuscany – Aprile 2013
  • Conferenza sulle mie opere alla presenza del Sindaco di Roma Shadi Vari Roma - Associazione “Centrarte Mediterranea” - 26.01.2014