IMAGE CAPTION: Blessing Ngobeni | 300cm x 175cm | mixed medium
DAVILLE BAILLIE GALLERY
4 November – 13 December 2018
EMANUELE TOZZOLI | FRINGE | DUMILE FENI | WAYNE BARKER | BLESSING NGOBENI | YOLANDA MAZWANA | MARK SWART | NORMAN O’FLYNN | AL LUKE | RAEL BLIEDEN | GEORGE HOLLOWAY | SETH PIMENTAL | TARYN KING | GIGGS KGOLE | JASON BRONKHORST
This November Daville Baillie Gallery celebrates its first year at its premises of Victoria Yards in Lorentzville, Johannesburg.
We take great pride and pleasure in the journey we have taken. What began as small consultancy, in the 2000s, is today a grand and spacious venue acclaimed by the multitudes that visit the offbeat development of Victoria Yards. As a growing community on the East side of Johannesburg City, the Yards is forging an alternative communication between creative minds, with dialogue and accessibility being core to advancing individual talents.
Over the years of its existence, Daville Baillie Gallery has developed remarkably along with our artists. We have encouraged a non-prescriptive dialogue that has taken many unusual twists and turns. We favour the pop over the prestigious, yet we present the finest examples of experimentation and investment pieces emerging from the art world.
The selection of works on our birthday showcase – paintings, prints and sculptures – will include famous names as well as future stars. The work stands as a testimony to new possibilities in our neighbourhood. At this auspicious moment, we take the opportunity to introduce the Italian painter Emanuele Tozzoli whose portraits express universal, yet mysteriously complex characterizations.
Who is Emanuele Tozzoli?
Born in Italy in 1989, Tozzoli discovered painting in his early years inspired by his father, an artist who had been painting and creating sculptures with various materials for over 40 years. At the age of 7, he created his first small sculptures by assembling objects, and painted his first informal abstracts, discovering the possibilities of art.
Deeply attracted by what could be described as the intimate nature of artistic research, in the following years he extended his studies to the field of music, aspiring in adolescence to become a sound engineer.
From 2007 he began composing electronic music, carrying out his research in the field of sound.
In the following years he studied musical composition and played his productions in clubs in Italy, and elsewhere in Europe, also publishing on various underground record labels.
He learned the restoration of antique wood working in his grandfather’s workshop and, for about 10 years, he also worked as a decorator and restorer of wall paintings together with the Turin art master Silvio Scarafiotti. In these years of learning and work he refined his manual skills, learned the peculiarities of color and probed the depths of the composition.
Tozzoli elaborates a unique working method that summarizes all the experiences gained in the artistic and related fields. In his paintings he uses an instinctive and visceral worklfow, through which he creates a deep connection between his inner life and the present moment. He lives his art as a deep path of openness and knowledge, in which each painting becomes the materialization of an introspective, dreamlike and extravagant world. He uses a recurring symbology characteristic of his style that recalls the original forms of childhood.
In 2018 he signed a contract with the Saphira and Ventura Gallery in New York, which boasts works by timeless masters such as Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Keith Haring, Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Alberto Giacometti. This year he also signed a contract with the Galleria Accorsi, which boasts works of museum excellence by Eduard Manet, Auguste Renoir, Amedeo Modigliani, Lucio Fontana, Marc Chagall, Keith Haring and Piet Mondrian.
His exhibition of eight portraits at Daville Baillie Gallery in Lorentzville, Johannesburg, is his first on the African continent.