Ten paintings by Rossella Picciani

10 large, vibrant, multi-panel paintings that showcase Picciani’s continued exploration of icons and symbols.

Art Exhibition previously on in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Wednesday 17 June 2009 to Saturday 04 July 2009
Launch Friday 19 June 2009, Official opening 6.00pm – 8.00pm Friday 19 June 2009 RSVP by Monday 15 June 2009 to the Gallery on 03 9840 9367 Tuesday – Friday 11.00am – 5.00pm Saturday 2.00pm – 5.00pm  Special Viewing Sunday 21 June 2.00pm – 5.00pm

The Fugue (detail) image

Published by anonymous on Monday 01 June 2009.
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Melbourne painter Rossella Picciani will reveal her latest work in a stunning exhibition at Manningham Gallery from 17 June 2009.

The exhibition, entitled ‘X’, will feature 10 large multi-panel paintings that showcase many of the themes she has explored in her previous work. Subjects include the legend of Icarus, the I Ching and the threat of extinction.

The paintings are based on Picciani’s continued exploration of icons and symbols, and their place within the human story. Picciani uses symbols as brush stokes and fills her lavish works with hundreds of glyphs sourced from eastern and western mysticism, extinct languages, cartography, scientific notation and other information systems.

Awash with vibrant colours, Picciani’s richly detailed paintings are created predominantly with acrylic on canvas which she then embellishes with metallic enamels and glass beads to add depth, texture and movement.

Inspired by natural objects and surfaces, Picciani strives to make her paintings work whether viewed as a whole or when only a portion of the canvas can be seen. The paintings are also designed to ‘change’ as the viewer moves about them, or as the ambient light changes throughout the day.

“I want to make each painting intriguing, whether it’s viewed up close or from a distance of several metres”, says Picciani. “I want my paintings to reveal something new every time you look at them.”

Picciani became interested in symbols and their history more than 25 years ago, while working as a graphic designer.

“I believe humans are driven to make meaning, and symbols are fundamental to that process”, says Picciani. “I’m fascinated by the way symbols have evolved over history and I’m convinced they give us a glimpse into what makes us human and connects us to each other.”

Lush colours and bold forms. Dense and intricate patterns. Picciani’s unique work must be seen ‘in the flesh’ to be truly appreciated.

“When I paint I feel I’m touching something infinite.”


Manningham Gallery
Manningham Council Municipal Offices
699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster, 3108