Luciani, Tony

  • Home:
    Durham, Ontario
  • Title:
    Madonna and Mannequin
  • Media:
    Oil on canvas / huile sur toile
  • Dimensions:
    56 x 43 cm
  • Website:

A woman stands in front of a lush green curtain centre stage, holding a mannequin in a tender embrace, with hands that are strong and gentle. The spot is like a halo, but the light creates a shadow around this performance artist, whose expression is at once grieving and giving. Her sadness speaks of compromise and insecurity, but her veined hands are full of agency and determination and desire.

The surfaces in the painting dramatize the complexity of the relationship between performance and being. Her tattooed skin breathes: informed by light and shadow, softness and coherence, artlessness and artifice. She does not feel beautiful, and hides behind the idealized female form. The white mannequin is like a shield; we can feel it cold and plastic against her flesh and strain to see more of what is so yielding and complex and human about her.

EDUCATION:

1970-1974

Central Technical School, Toronto, art program


1975-1977

Ontario College of Art, Toronto; fine art program


1977-1978

Ontario College of Art, ‘Florence Program’, post-graduate; Florence, Italy


SOLO:

2012

Wellington County Museum & Archives, Fergus, Ontario


2007

Galerie Crescent Contemporain, Montreal, Quebec; ‘From Da Vinci to Freud’


2005

Loch Gallery, Toronto, Ontario; ‘Layered Reality’


GROUP CANADIAN:  

2011-12

The Kingston Prize; Canada’s National Juried Portrait Competition


2011

BCI Juried Invitational, Hamilton, Ontario, First Prize Award


2009-10

The Kingston Prize; Canada’s National Juried Portrait Competition


GROUP INTERNATIONAL:

1989

‘Artitudes’, 7th International Art Competition, Art 54, New York, NY; Prize Award


1984

Hall du Centenaire, National Museum of Monaco; Invitational


1979

‘A Canadian Start in Art’, Canada House, London, England; Invitational


AWARDS:

1989, 1979, 1977

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant


1980-81

Canada Council “B” Grant


1976-77

George A. Reid Scholarship (Ontario College of Art)


COLLECTIONS:
Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario
Corporation of the City of Toronto
Canada House, London, England

 

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