The Saxophonist Tree (Homage to Chagall)
Hand-Coloured Etching, Artist’s Proof, 2015
The Red Rooster
The exhibition will run from the 11th February to the 4th March 2015 and will focus on Colombara’s interest and exploration of the idea of belonging to nature and the interchangeability of moods and seasons through its different colours and lights.
Sensibility and empathy for her subjects characterize the works of Colombara, ever so inspired by that Genius of improvisation and inspiration that recognizes the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Nature is observed with a curious and enthusiastic eye by the artist who manages to create lively and interesting works, taking inspiration from the innocence of a little bird and the majesty of a beautiful rural landscape.
The delicate lines of the works on paper reveal Colombara’s skilled and elegant draftsmanship which is counterbalanced by the exuberance of the vivid tones and free hand sign we can find in her watercolours: each nuance leading on to describing a specific and elusive moment. (Roland Barthes – The Ghost Ship in A Lover’s Discourse)
The Saxophonist Tree series.
From 1977 Colombara was resident printmaker of Digswell press in Welwyn, Herts, where she met Lol Coxhill, friend and superb musician and one of the greatest characters in British improvised music.
These etchings are part of a series dedicated to Lol and are printed from copper plates and drawn from an old chestnut tree on Monks Walk, Digswell.
The black and white etchings were then hand-coloured with pastels during live performances in London inspired by the sounds of musical tributes to Lol. Annalisa remembers the moment when she saw this tree and felt it could become a symbolic homage to her friend and musician: the chestnut tree, with its old strong roots, was like Lol, standing mighty through the flowing of nature. Annalisa has reinterpreted especially for the Broad Gallery Contemporary Series Marc Chagall’s Red Rooster, taking inspiration from the colours of the lithographs which are transferred onto one of her Saxophonist Tree etching.
Annalisa Colombara was born in Novara, northern Italy, in 1953. Between 1972 and 1973 she attended Ravensbourne College of Art and Design and in 1976 she completed her BA in fine arts at the Goldsmiths College of Art, London. She exhibited widely in Italy, UK and at the Egypt Art Biennale Exhibition. Colombara has been awarded first prize by the Royal Watercolour Society in 2001 and the fifth prize at the Sharm el Sheick Peace Art Biennale in 2013. Annalisa Colombara lives and works in London