Marzia Colonna MRBS 18 September – 14 November 2021

MARZIA COLONNA MRBS

Gaia

Recent collages and sculpture

18 September – 14 November 2021

We are delighted to announce a major solo exhibition of 46 recent collages by the acclaimed collage artist and sculptor Marzia Colonna with two magnificent bronze heads. New giclée prints of Marzia’s collages are available further down this page.

Marzia Colonna’s work is now available to buy or reserve. Works can be reserved until the beginning of the opening on Saturday 18 September 11.30am. Please let us know if the work you would like has been reserved as it may come free and we will then offer it to you. All enquiries please contact gallery@sladersyard.co.uk or telephone 01308 459511.

The works shown below are collages. Prices include frames.

Marzia Colonna’s work centres on the things she loves all around her, the Dorset countryside and interiors of her home and studio, with flowers, food, her family and her sculptures. At the heart of this exhibition are The Alchemist and Head of Gaia, two powerful, contemplative bronze heads, lost in their own thoughts. Four magical Green man and Green woman collages add to the impression that, more than a celebration of nature, this new work is a deep strong song of reawakening for our beloved natural world. Affirmative and tender, these are masterful works of an artist at the top of her game. 

Described by Adrian Hamilton (The Independent) as ‘some of her most exciting and pleasurable works,’ Marzia Colonna’s collages capture the exceptional landscape of West Dorset with the eye of someone who knows and understands it, in different weather and times of year, with a wonderful sense of space and light. Her still lives and flowers from her studio and garden are beautifully observed. A disciplined approach to collage underpins the work with a strong abstract quality of mark and pattern. Her collages are made entirely from paper which she paints beforehand. ‘When I work with collage I feel I am sculpting with paper and painting at the same time. It is fast and furious work; holding on to and trying to replicate the memory of the landscape that I have experienced, not just visually in its form and colour, but also in the impact created in my mind by the wind, sun, rain, smells and sounds.’

Colonna’s sculpture is at the heart of her work as an artist. Roger Berthoud writes, ‘Her sculpture is based on the human form, which she uses to express what we all share as human beings. It fascinates her that wherever we come from, whatever our race or religion, we feel the same basic needs and desires. She sees the body as the vessel of human emotion, touching in its combination of fragility and strength. Many of her bronzes, and indeed of her paper sculptures, reveal the tenderness with which she views her fellow human beings.’ (Colour and Form, Sculpture and Collage Marzia Colonna 2002)

Left: 47. The Alchemist bronze 61 x 32 x 34cm edition 4/9 £9,000 Right: Head of Gaia bronze 52 x 25 x 35cm edition 5/9 £8,500
marzia and bull

Marzia Colonna was born in Pisa in 1951.  She entered art school aged 12 and continued to study at the Academia di Belle Arti in Florence. In 1970 she moved to England with her husband Robert Montagu. Her first solo exhibition in London was in 1979. Since then she has exhibited regularly. Her work is in many private and corporate collections in Europe, the United States and Australasia. Since 1985 she has lived and worked in West Dorset. A major sculpture was purchased in 2001 by the Jerwood foundation and in 2002 by Newby Hall sculpture collection. Public commissions include a crucifix for Salisbury Cathedral (2002), ‘St Adhelm’ for Sherborne Abbey (2004), ‘Mermaid’ for the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (2007), ‘Kite Flyer’ for Winchester (2009) and ‘Earth and Sea’, a life-sized piece in Krakow.  She is represented in London by the Portland Gallery.  Autumn 2021 will be her fifth major exhibition at Sladers Yard.

Giclée Prints

New giclée prints of Marzia’s collages are available to order now. These high quality images are printed in small numbered editions on art paper and signed by the artist.

Any enquiries please contact us on gallery@sladersyard.co.uk or phone 01308 459511.

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