Louise Giovanelli

My practice is informed by ways of looking and perceiving, with the act of looking itself as a kind of content. I employ found and generated images, cultural references and excerpts from other art forms to investigate the languages and histories of painting.

My work is not autobiographical, a consequence of my beliefs or psyche - but are results of things noticed, measured, assembled — In a sense the paintings are a refusal to give into the idea of the scriptic authorial touch. They are not about me, they are through or of me.

Thus the works are a gentle confrontation. They foreground sensorial possibilities, primarily visual - seeing into as opposed to projecting onto. They are not demands they are suggestions.


Louise Giovanelli graduated from Manchester School of Art in 2015 and has since exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally. Giovanelli has had solo exhibitions at The International 3, Salford, the Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, Touchstones Gallery, Rochdale and Warrington Museum and Art Gallery.

In 2019 she will open her 5th solo exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery. Recent group exhibitions include: ‘Hold Your Tongue’, Transition Gallery, London,‘In Residence’, the Griffin Gallery, London; ‘BEEP’, Wales’ International Painting Prize; ‘The Painted World’ SaatchiArt Showdown, Los Angeles; and ‘Ones to Watch’, Galerie Sarow, Pforzheim, Germany. Giovanelli has been the recipient of several prizes including The Leonard James Fine Art Prize, The Ken Billany Painting Prize and Saatchi Art's Showdown.

In 2017 she received a special commendation for the Contemporary British Painting Prize. Giovanelli has undertaken a number of residencies, including at the Griffin Gallery, London, Cove Park, Scotland and the Atlantic Centre for the Arts, Florida. Publications include an artist Monograph - ‘In Conversation: Louise Giovanelli’ and ‘The Anomie Review of Contemporary British Painting’, Anomie Publishing. Her work is held in public and private collections in the UK, USA, Canada, China, Germany, Slovakia and Italy. In October she will begin a guest-studentship at the Städelschule, Frankfurt under Prof. Amy Sillman.