LANZI, Francois

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Francois Lanzi

1916-1988
Francois Lanzi was born in Corsica and studied art in Paris under Guillot de Raffaillac. A prisoner of war from 1940-45, he came to live in the UK in 1954 and exhibited at a number of London Galleries including Redfern Gallery 1957, Royal Society of British Artists Gallery 1959 & 1960, Savage Gallery 1961 and Royal Academy 1965. Lanzi also had a number of exhibitions at the Artists International Association (AIA) in Soho, notably a solo exhibition in April-May 1967. In addition he showed in the provinces, including Stone Gallery at Newcastle in 1961. A promising career was stymied by Lanzi becoming a virtual recluse from the 1960s, although he continued to paint and produce collages throughout his life at his Chiddingfold, Surrey home. A major retrospective was held in 1994 at The Gallery in Woking. Lanzi’s work was in the ICI collection and is in a number of private collections in Britain, France and the United States.

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OTTESEN, Frederick Lund

Frederick Lund Ottesen abstract

Frederick Lund Ottesen

1913-1975

Frederick Lund Ottesen was born in the United States and studied at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art before joining Braque’s Atelier in Paris in 1938. He exhibited at the Galerie des Quatre Chemins and, after war service, returned to Paris. He became friends with Hans Hartung and, influenced by him, turned to abstraction and showed extensively throughout Europe in the 1950s and 1960s. He was affiliated with the prestigious Galerie Coard in Paris and Downtown Gallery in New York and had a first UK solo show at the Leicester Galleries, London in 1966. He also showed at Blomquist Gallery, Oslo and Galeries Tedesco and Quatre Chemins in Paris. Ottesen’s work is held by Syracuse Gallery, USA and Musee National d’ Arte Modern in Paris.

 

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PASOTTI, Fr. Roberto

Fra Roberto Pasotti abstract

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Fr. Roberto Pasotti
1933-

Fra Roberto was born in Bellinzona in 1933. In 1954 he joined the Order of the Capuchins, the same year in which he began to paint. Self-taught, he attended the Lugano artist Filippo Boldini’s studio and in Basel he was taught stained glass techniques by Hans Stocker. From 1954 to 1966 he lived in the Capuchin convent of Faido. Since 1966 he has been in charge of the Convent of Bigorio, His paintings and stained glass works, which in later years have been more representational than abstract, have been exhibited on numerous occasions, mainly in Switzerland and in Italy but also in Greece, in both mixed and solo shows.

 

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SALVADORI, Remo

Remo Salvadori Tanger

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Remo Salvadori
1947-

Remo Salvadori is one of the leading members, along with Enzo Cucchi, of the Italian Transavantgarde movement (essentially Italian neo-expressionists) and experiments in a wide variety of media. He was born in Florence but later settled in and continues to work from Milan. Salvadori has shown widely internationally, including exhibiting in the US, Canada, France, Poland and Japan. His work is held in public collections in Italy, Belgium and elsewhere. He represented Italy at the 1973 Paris Biennale, Documenta 7 in Kassel in 1982 and the Venice Biennale in 1986. One of the more interesting recent exhibitions was his inclusion in the opening show for Tokyo’s prestigious MORI Art Museum October 2003-January 2004. He was included in the Arcadia section of the show ‘Happiness: a survival guide to art and life’ along with Constable, Matisse, Gaugin, Henry Moore and Cy Twombly.

 

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SARACHI, Chatin

Chatin Sarachi Tower Bridge

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Chatin Sarachi
1902-1974

Chatin Sarachi (in Albanian Paskal “Çatin” Saraçi) was an Albanian painter and politician. Sarachi first went to England on a diplomatic mission in 1933 but, with the occupation of Albania by the Italian army in 1939, he gave up his diplomatic career and decided to remain in London and concentrate on painting. That year he met Oskar Kokoschka who became a close friend and admirer of Sarachi as well as a constant influence on his work. They shared a Kensington studio. Sarachi is thought of as an Expressionist but was also greatly influenced by Oriental art. His first solo exhibition was held in 1945 at the Redfern Gallery, London. This exhibition was followed by another two, in the mid fifties. A fourth in 1975, a retrospective following Sarachi’s death, showed some fifty paintings. Over the years, Sarachi participated in several group shows and had regular one man exhibitions in London, Paris and Dublin. The last exhibition of his work was held at the Pride Gallery in London in 1988.

 

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SAUTER, Rudolf

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Rudolf Sauter

1895-1977

Rudolf Helmut Sauter (often known as R H Sauter) was a painter, printmaker, illustrator and poet, son of the artist George Sauter. He was educated at Harrow School, studying art in London and Munich, his father having come from Bavaria. Sauter had strong literary interests, being a member of the writers’ club PEN; he illustrated a definitive edition of works by his uncle John Galsworthy. Sauter showed at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, Pastel Society, in the provinces, at the Paris Salon where he gained an Hon. Mention, and widely in the United States. Had one-man shows in London and New York. Although Sauter’s work is mainly figurative, in later life he did a series of abstracts. Many of Sauter’s paintings were destroyed by a fire in the 1980s but National Portrait Gallery, Government Art Collection, Royal Watercolour Association and Ferens Art Gallery in Hull hold his work. Cornelia Parker chose a 1935 Sauter portrait as part of her hang of the Government Art Collection at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 2011.

 

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SCHETTINI, Ulrico

Ulrico Schetttini Torso 4

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Ulrico Schettini
1932-

Ulrico Schettini was born in Cosenza, in the Italian Marches. After studying art at Pesaro, Paris and Rome he settled in England in 1958. An academically-inclined artist, during the 1960s and early 1970s he lectured at Hull College of Arts and Crafts, Carlisle College of Art and Design, Hornsea College of Art, the City Literary Institute and King’ College London. He worked in New York in 1964 and from 1966-71 lectured annually in America under the auspices of the Association of American Colleges. Schettini’s early work was fiercely modernist, being “emotionally powerful” and displaying a chromatic austerity that “blends a basic outline of form with a free graphic improvisation within that form” (Art News and Review Jan 1959). Critics at the time equated his art with modern jazz movements. From the mid-1960s Schettini began producing more figurative work, in a strong expressive, dark style.

Schettini first solo exhibition was at the experimental New Vision Gallery in London in 1958, followed by one in Newcastle. He then exhibited in London at the Drian Gallery in 1959 and the Institute for Contemporary Art in 1961. He had group shows in London, Paris and Milan and then had a major retrospective exhibition at the Municipal Art Gallery, Hull in 1966 which attracted international attention. About this time, though, despite the acclaim, he destroyed many works and disappeared to Italy to find himself again as an artist. He took ‘Montefiore’ as his professional name in homage to two potters he worked with there. A large exhibition of his subsequent work, which now included many ancient and archaeological influences, was given at the Café Royal, London in 1972 and a still more important exhibition at the Palazzo della Permanente, Milan in 1974. Wildensteins in New York also sold his work.

Montefiore moved back to Italy in the 1970s and continues to exhibit there. His work underwent another dramatic shift in the 1980s. He turned to a wider variety of media – he is currently working on stained glass, metals and ceramics as well as painting – and shifted entirely to representational art. The main motive behind this was religious and he now mainly concentrates on large-scale commissions for Catholic institutions in Peru, Spain and Italy. He taught at the Academy of Fine Arts at Brera, Milan. Schettini’s work is held by Northwestern College, Orange City in Indiana and California University of Pennsylvania, South Australia House, London and other public collections.

 

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SCHUSTER, Reinhardt

Reinhardt Schuster Intre Orizunturi

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY:
Reinhardt Schuster
1936-

Reinhardt Schuster was born in Bod (formerly Brenndorf) in Romania in September 1936, part of the German diaspora left stranded by the changing borders in the early-mid 20th century. He studied under Hans Mattis Teutsch at Brasov (Kronstadt) and then attended Bucharest Academy of Art. After completing his studies in 1964, and after a period as an art teacher at the F. Schiller Institute in Bucharest, he became a full-time artist in 1967. He came to prominence in the early 1970s, working initially in a Germanic expressionist style but increasingly moving towards the abstract. He had solo shows throughout the 1970s in Romania, as well as representing Romania at the Biennale. He also showed in Japan, Germany, Russia and, in 1981, at the Romanian Academy in Rome and London. In 1973 he had a group exhibition in Austria and then 1975-76 took a touring show of his paintings to Bonn, Bad Gedesberg, Stuttgart and Dinkelbuehl. His success in West Germany encouraged him to settle in Dusseldorf where, from 1985, he lectured at the art college. However, Romania continues to claim him as one of its foremost artists and in 1996 held a solo exhibition of his work in the Bucharest National Theatre which also toured to Brasov, Sibiu and Timisoara. A major retrospective was held in 2001 in Dusseldorf to celebrate his 65th birthday. Schuster’s work is held in public and private collections in Switzerland, UK, Austria, Japan and USA in addition to Germany and Romania.

According to his entry in Benezit, Schuster’s paintings “are very structured, built on geometrical forms painted in areas of flat colour which are nevertheless reminiscent of landscapes and architectural views. He puts static and dynamic elements together, plays with the contrasts between colours, and has an interest in movement.”

 

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SORENSEN, Bent

Bent Sorensen abstract

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Bent Sorensen
1923-2008

Bent Sorensen was best known as a sculptor but started out as a painter. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Art in the years immediately following the Second World War. Around 1948 he met the group of Danish and international artists connected to the Galerie Denise Rene in Paris. In the same year he studied at Ossip Zadkine’s school in Paris. Sorensen, like fellow Danish artists such as Richard Mortensen, worked in the ‘Concretist’ style.

 

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