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Cotswold Life Article - 2013
Damian Llambias - Curator and Artist 2007
Julie Pottle - COSA Gallery 2005
Amelia Dobson The Hill Magazine, May 2002
Christopher Burness - Cadogan Contemporary Gallery, London 2002

Cotwold Life April 2013

Ana Bianchi is an artist with an exacting eye for colour. So much so that she mixes her own paints before starting on a canvas. Although her palettes are mixed with only five colours, each has a key colour mixed in - usually burnt umber. This process allows the images on a canvas to blend tonally.
“This means that even opposing colours like green and red will have a complimentary relationship - a handshake” she says “There is nothing more exciting than looking at a newly mixed palette of colours - it makes my mouth water and then I can’t wait to paint..” Ana trained as a designer in Paris and studied fine art at Chelsea College of Art,the Byan Shaw College and Central St Martin’s in London. She has exhibited widely in the UK and Europe and was invited to exhibit her work at the 2009 Discerning Eye exhibition. She draws her inspiration mainly from landscape and handles texture, colour and form with a sculptor’s hand, carving paint onto the canvas with a layering of colour and varied brushwork.

“Although inspiration comes from the places I have been to and the things I see around me, I tend to process images in my head before I paint them. That visual memory is not always correct but I think that makes the image more interesting. I love the physicality of painting - the smell, texture and process.”

Damian Llambias - Curator and Artist 2007

In this recent body of work Ana Bianchi handles the texture, colour and form of the landscape with a sculpting hand, almost carving the paint on to the canvas with a layering of colour and varied brushwork which allows one to palpably feel the strength of the land depicted.

Capturing the depth of rolling fields, distant hills and shifting skies, one can feel the tension between the mighty forces of sky against the mass of reaching land. These are not pictures of pleasant views designed to capture specific minutiae; they are explorations of the cutting and layering of shape and colour in a sweeping landscape and they maintain a delightful equilibrium between representational landscapes and landscape as abstract inspiration.

Julie Pottle - COSA Gallery 2005

"Flatlands Revisited" 6-23 April 2005 - New Work by Ana Bianchi

Ana Bianchi's paintings still retain the haunting, ambiguous qualities that have always characterised her sweeping, spatial landscapes.

Her chosen palette of muted blues, greys and siennas enhances an all-pervading sense of loss as we find ourselves searching for some reassuring evidence of a human presence in these vast landscapes. Occasionally a hint is offered; a wisp of smoke, a washing line, never quite conclusive, always elusive.

Some images appear to be trace memories of places visited; others seem to offer a bleak vision of the future. These Hopperesque paintings are both serene and uncanny, imbued with a timeless quality whose narrative is bleak yet seductive.

Stormy Weather by Amelia Dobson - The Hill Magazine, May 2002

Amelia Hodsdon takes a look at the work of local resident and successful artist Ana Bianchi.

From her home in Warwick Gardens and her Gloucestershire retreat, Ana Bianchi has been creating her new collection of vast, sweeping canvas landscapes. Tracing Horizons, her first solo exhibition, opens at the Gavin Graham Gallery in Ledbury Road W11 on 21 May.

Already well-known for her sculptures and installations, having exhibited in such diverse places as Skoki in Poland, the biannual Quenington open-air sculpture show and the Stroud House Gallery, Ana appears set to repeat her successes with these stunning paintings, which present the viewer with as many questions as do answers.

Gaze at Ana’s images and you enter a dreamy hinterland, at first calm and tranquil, but then increasingly unsettling. The placid scenes, Edward Hopperesque in their long range vision and absence of fine detail, transport the viewer from initial contentment to mild puzzlement.

Are the buildings, boats and power lines still in use or discarded? Where are the people in these perhaps post-apocalyptic scenes? The images waver between the beautiful and the unsettling, the calm and the eerie. The eye and the imagination begin to fill in the absent detail, but unsure of how to interpret the artist’s intentions, each viewer will construct their own romances around each painting...

Ana’s works are a perfect example of thought-provoking art which speaks differently to every individual. They are also in themselves stunning images, beautifully painted and intelligently romantic. This is an exhibition not to miss.

Christopher Burness Cadogan Contemporary Gallery, London 2002

Ana Bianchi’s paintings linger in the memory in a way that heightens and sharpens the images with the distance of time.

They possess a special quality that conveys space, light, and stillness, and, together with Bianchi's ablility to reduce detail to a minimum, these paintings have an impactive presence.

I can't wait to see her next exhibition.

 
Ana Bianchi ~ Tel: 01285 750379 ~ Studio/Mobile: 07785 931021 ~ Email: exhibition@anabianchi.com