Lucianne Lassalle

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Born in Paris in 1960, now living in Dumfries, Scotland, Lucianne  has made sculpture since she was a child.  She grew up in a bohemian artistic environment, her mother is a potter (worked with Harry Davies) and her father Leonard Lassalle is a painter. Her Aunt Sylvette David was Picasso's model in 1953 and is also a successful painter.

The human form has always been Lassalle’s passion.  It holds endless possibilities for exploration albeit just pure sculptural form or as a socio-political reflection or comment.  The movement and vitality of her work is hugely influenced by contemporary dance and physical theatre. 

 

“I see the human form as the interface between the mental, emotional and spiritual processes inside and the external manifestation of these in the world.  I am fascinated by the complexity of the human experience and from this I am compelled and inspired to make sculpture” Lucianne Lassalle

The human form also leads her investigation into all sorts of aspects of human nature often referring to the archetypes of ancient mythologies especially Greek. Here one can see Lassalle’s obsession with the myth of Icarus where she depicts him awakening, flying and falling with burning wings. This subject allows her to express a wide range of movement with many of her figures upside-down or 'falling'. 

The Top Tup and Wild Things series are as caricatures/creatures of carnality.  Their anthropomorphic  wildness is naughty but vulnerable in their nakedness, oblivious to how they are perceived and revelling in their intent. 

The Aphrodite and Star-Gazer ceramic works are focusing more on the human form and its physical construction/deconstruction using the clay slabs to lead our eyes from the representational human form to the abstract fabric of the clay material its self.

Lassalle frequently works from a life model, as well as from photos and memory.  She might start with sketched ideas or just directly in the clay on a wire armature, she works on all scales from 15cm to 2 meters.  She models the sculpture in initially in clay or in wax, then the work is either fired in a kiln, or it is cast in limited editions into bronze or bronze resin.

‘In the tension, movement and sheer life in the craft of Lucianne Lassalle there is a feeling of anticipation that asks a question of you every time you see it. On seeing her sculpture one is struck by the beauty and powerful expressiveness of the form and its inherent flexibility as a vehicle to inspire.’  Jeff Peiri

 

Biography

1960 Born in Paris

1976 Went to Paris and studied life drawing at night school while au-pairing during the day

1978 Canterbury School of Art (Kent Institute) for a foundation course in the Arts.

1982 BA Hons Degree at Winchester School of Art

1984 Studio in London and first solo show at Crucial Gallery in Notting Hill Gate London.

1984 Israel for a year exploring other interests; performance art, especially vocal improvisation. Worked alongside several contemporary musicians including Yossi Mar-Haim.  Performed both in The Tel Aviv Museum and in the Jerusalem Museum as well as several art Galleries.

1985 Studio in London

1986  Los Angeles. Worked freelance as a sculptor in the film industry, making sets and props for commercials and film.

1988 Returned to  UK and gave birth to her daughter Liora.

1998 PGCE Secondry School Art Teaching Brighton University

2000  MA Performing Arts Middlesex University

2005  Started getting work cast in Bronze

2008 Moved to Scotland begun to investigate ceramics

2014 Moved to Bristol

EXHIBITIONS BEFORE 2010

2010                    Affordable art fair Battersea and Brussels

2010                    RGI Art show Glasgow           

2010                    Sir John Soane’s Museum London

2010                    Affordable Art Fair  Brussells, Bristol, London

2010                    Spring Fling open studios

2009                    Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine arts

2009                   Affordable Art Fair London & Bristol

2009                   Visual Art Scotland  Edinburgh           

2008

Dartington Gallery Devon

Ways without words

2008

Affordable Art Fair London & Bristol

 

2008

Delamore Arts Devon

 

2007

Birdwood Gallery Totnes

Body Beautiful, Solo show

2007

Quartz Queens College Taunton

 

2007

Greenaway house Devon

The Great Create

2007

Dartington Gallery Devon

Ways without Words

2007

Sherborne House Gallery

Margins

2007

Delamore Arts Devon

 

2007

Affordable Art Fair London & Bristol

 

2006

Red Propeller Gallery Devon

Launch show

2006

Southwest Academy Peninsular Arts

 

2006

Delamore House, Devon

 

2006

Affordable art fair London

 

2006

Affordable art fair Bristol

 

2005

Coombe Gallery - Dartmouth

Organics

2005

The Art Mill - Plymouth

New Work ,Solo Show

2005

The Ariel Gallery - Devon

SWSA Sculpture Event

2005

Barn Galleries
Henley - on -Thames

Sculpture Show

2005

Stone house - Glos

Sculpture Show

2005

Delamore house - Devon

Delamore Art

2005

The Artmill - Plymouth

New work

2004

ZiZi Gallery - London

 Solo show

2004

Haddon Gallery - Devon

Poetica Erotica

2004

Dartington Gallery - Devon

Sculpture at Dartington

2004

Delamore House - Devon

Delamore Art

2003

Harbour House Gallery - Devon

New Eyes on the Old Road

2003

The Plough Arts Centre - Devon

New Eyes on the Old Road

2003

Dartington Gallery - Devon

Sculpture at Dartington

2002

Andras Kaldor Gallery - Devon

Solo show

2002

Dartington Hall - Ship Studio - Devon

Ways With Words

2001

Ariel Gallery Devon

 Solo show

1996

1998

Galleries in Maidstone, Oxford,
Tunbridge - Wells

Work placed at various galleries

1995

Station St gallery - Lewes

Stuff Well Placed, Solo show

1995

Riviera Gallery - Hastings

Three in one

1994

Canvass Gallery - London

Dancing Mud, Solo show

1994

Barton Leier Gallery - Victoria Canada

 

1994

Art-tu-mus Gallery - Victoria Canada

The Grand Ball, Solo show

1994

Out of Hand Gallery - Victoria Canada

Commonwealth Games Art Festival

1993

Bastion Square - Victoria Canada

Exploration of sculpture

1993

Canvass Gallery - London

 

1992

Gallery Gotz - Basel Switzerland

 

1992

Trinity Gallery - Tunbridge Wells

Dates with Deities, Solo show

1992

Marcus &Marcus Gallery - Amsterdam

 

1991

1992

Nicolas Treadwell’s Artmill and Treadwell’s European Art Tour

 

1990

Art Show toured with
Crucial Gallery, New York, Paris & Munich

 

1989

Crucial gallery - London

Forced Love, Solo show

1987

Izzart Gallery - Los Angeles

 

1984

Crucial Gallery London

Christmas In July,  Solo show