Exhibition: Incubi Celesti/Heavenly Nightmares – Nicoletta Ceccoli
Until 23rd December 2010
Dorothy Circus Gallery, Rome, Italy
To celebrate their fourth anniversary the Dorothy Circus Gallery in Rome, Italy, are presenting a solo show by the artist and illustrator, Nicoletta Ceccoli. Born in the Republic of San Marino, where she is still based, Ceccoli studied animation at the renowned Academy of Fine Arts, Urbino, Italy. Her book illustrations, have won her international acclaim and many awards including an Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, four ‘awards of excellence’ from Communication Arts, and a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators in 2006.
Her paintings are also gaining increasing renown and have equally been exhibited internationally, and she was included in the Pop Surrealism exhibition presented by the Dorothy Circus Gallery in collaboration with the Jonathan LeVine Gallery, which ran from June to October this year at the Museum Carandente, Spoleto, Italy. It was the first exhibition to provide an overview of Pop Surrealism, and the curators, Alexandra Mazzanti and Gianluca Marziani, presented an impressive and exciting line-up of forty international artists. Amongst them two artists who have particularly influenced Ceccoli, Mark Ryden and Ray Caesar.
She also cites as key influences, Paolo Uccello, the 14th/15th century Italian painter and mathematician, Winsor McKay, the American cartoonist and animator, Edward St John Gorey, the American writer and artist, noted for his illustrated books, Domenico Gnoli, the Italian artist, illustrator, and stage designer. Remedios Varo Uranga, the Spanish-Mexican Surrealist, and Stasys Eidrigevicious, the Lithuanian born artist whose work includes painting, graphic design, book illustration and photography.
Ceccoli’s ten new works for Incubi Celesti/Heavenly Nightmares, are a tribute to Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass. The paintings explore dreams, both the nature of dreams vanishing as one wakes up, but also childhood dreams that vanish as one grows up, and more particularly the rites of passage of a girl to womanhood. There is also a theme of liberation; when one awakes one is liberated from one’s dreams or nightmares, for better or worse, just as when one grows up one is liberated from the dreams and nightmares of childhood, for better or worse.