Daville Baillie Gallery
At Victoria Yards
A solo exhibition
2 – 29 June 2019
You are invited to our exhibition opening to coincide with the First Sundays event at Victoria Yards, 16 Viljoen Str, Lorentzville, Johannesburg from 11am on the 2ndof June 2019
The wildly imaginative Italian artist Emanuele Tozzoli will hold his first solo exhibition in South Africa in June at the Daville Baillie Gallery, at Victoria Yards. His portraits of imaginary people draw us into a bizarre world of familiar characters and deep empathy.
These may be ordinary citizens of a far off country where the social order appears to have broken down. Yet the mysterious figures seem to have an inclination to keep up appearances, to sit for Tozzoli as he depicts the fragmentation of decorum and sanity.
His mixed media works have the artist infiltrating the madness with real eyes, and a poignant sadness, staring out from old art books and discarded magazines.
As OD magazine describes his work: “For Emanuele, each painting becomes the materialization of an introspective and extravagant world. His impulsive lines and purposeful censorship creates scenes of adult fairy tales, all in explicit conversation with the symbols and rich saturated tones of Basquiat or Picasso.”