Giulia Ricci


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Year 2020
Medium Pencil and gouache on Magnani paper
Dimensions 22.2 x 29.8 cm
Nominated by Barbara Walker

About the work

The drawing is made with pencil and gouache and features a shape built with interconnected triangles within a grid. It is about decisions, directions, balancing, collaborating and togetherness.

About the artist:

Born 1976 Bagnacavallo, Giulia Ricci lives and works in London. Graduated from BA Painting, Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna (1999); BA Art History, University of Bologna (2003); and MFA Sculpture, Slade School of Fine Art (2007).

Ricci is interested in the often unassuming but all-pervading presence of patterns and systems in the places we inhabit and in the objects that surround us. In her drawings she creates multiple focal points through the repetition and distortion of triangles within the grid structure and through the ambiguity between figure and ground. She uses this strategy to elicit a tactile and spatial response from the audience. The perception of her work also changes significantly depending on the viewer’s proximity to the surface.

Selected exhibitions include Alteration/Deviation, Bartha Contemporary, London (2021); Black White Grey, Cabinet, Emanuel von Baeyer, London (2020); Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018, UK touring exhibition (2018-19); Tactile Line, Bartha Contemporary, London (2018); Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017, UK touring exhibition (2017-18); The Edge of Printing, The Keeper’s House, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2016); The Fold, Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, London (2016); Biennale der Zeichnung – Drawing Biennial, Kunstverein Eislingen (2016); Sarah Chilvers and Giulia Ricci, Bartha Contemporary, London (2016); Jerwood Drawing Prize 2015, UK touring exhibition (2015-16); The Grammar of Order, The Tetley, Leeds (2014); Wunderkammer, Bartha Contemporary, London (2014); The Edge of Painting, Piper Gallery, London (2013); Towards a New Abstraction, MACC, Calasetta Contemporary Art Museum (2012); and London – Berlin, Anschlussel, Fruehsorge Contemporary Drawings, Berlin (2011). Selected commissions include Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging, University College London (2020); School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary University, London (2019); Facebook Air Program, London (2016 and 2017); and 7 Air street, for Crown Estate, London (2015).

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