Marzia Colonna


Collages and sculpture

3. Cala delle Civette (Bay of Owls) collage 100 x 120cm

3. Cala delle Civette (Bay of Owls) collage 100 x 120cm

We were delighted to welcome Marzia Colonna back to Sladers Yard for a major solo show of recent collages and sculpture autumn 2015. Her work is in stock and available from Sladers Yard. Please call to let us know if you would like to view a piece.

Marzia Colonna 5. Lovers Dance (2)

5. Lovers Dance (2)

Marzia lives and works in West Dorset.  She draws inspiration for her collages from her surroundings in the coastal landscape here and in her native Italy, the flowers from her garden and the interior of her studio.  Her sculpture evokes human situations and emotions. In this exhibition we will be focusing on her Lovers series.

marzia and bullMarzia Colonna’s great talent is to take us directly into her subject matter. Whether she is working in collage or in sculpture, she is able to provoke a response.  We feel the physical sensations of being in that place or situation.  ‘I try to become a part of my subjects, animate and inanimate, and get to the essence of what they are,’ she says.

Marzia Colonna’s sculptures have been commissioned  for public spaces including ‘St Aldhelm’ in Sherborne Abbey, ‘The Mermaid’ at the National Sailing Club, Portland, the ‘Christ’ in Salisbury Cathedral and the ‘Kite Flyer’ in Winchester. Collected widely in the UK and abroad, Colonna’s unique voice speaks to us through her sculpture and her collages.

Marzia Colonna Rockfall at Burton Bradstock 90 x 90cmDescribed by Adrian Hamilton (The Independent) as ‘some of her most exciting and pleasurable works,’ the collages she creates draw us in, inviting us to feel what moves her, whether in a landscape or an interior, we become part of a moment in time. Her disciplined approach to collage underpins the work with a strong abstract quality of mark and pattern. Her collages are made entirely from paper painted beforehand.  “When I work with collage I feel I am sculpting with paper and painting at the same time. After looking for a long time at my subject matter. 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”.

Marzia Colonna 32. Kitchen Corner collage 12 x 12 in 30 x 30 cm £1350

32. Kitchen Corner collage 12 x 12 in 30 x 30 cm

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 with her husband Robert Montagu to England. Her first solo exhibition in London was in 1979. Since then she has exhibited regularly. Her work is in many 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.

The collages in stock now are shown below with some that are available to view by appointment. Please call 01308 459511, email or respond to this page if you would like to enquire about them.

Giclée prints of the following five of Marzia’s collages are available now. They are beautifully scanned, signed, numbered and printed in small editions.

Marzia Colonna recent collages and sculpture was at Sladers Yard Saturday 19 September until Sunday 1 November 2015

The collages are shown in the first batch below and the sculpture and watercolours in separate batches after that. Please click on an image to see it enlarged with its caption.

The sculpture in this show focuses on Marzia Colonna’s Lovers series.

In this show we have five of Marzia Colonna’s watercolours of flowers from her garden.



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