25 September - 20 October
25 September – 20 October 2018
Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm,
Saturday 12pm to 4pm
Manhattan Dreaming reveals an artist who, having achieved an enviable level of intimacy with his metropolitan muse, is now able to capture her lines, angles, moods and movement with a spontaneity bordering on instinct.
Award-winning artist Marco Luccio’s latest exhibition, Manhattan Dreaming, will open at Melbourne’s fortyfivedownstairs on the 25th of September. An astounding collection of paintings and drypoints, Manhattan Dreaming reveals an artist who, having achieved an enviable level of intimacy with his metropolitan muse, is now able to capture her lines, angles, moods and movement with a spontaneity bordering on instinct.
Luccio is constantly chasing and challenging his own boundaries, and there can be no doubt that exciting new ground has been broken with Manhattan Dreaming. The paintings in this collection—some of which span 6 feet in height or width—were all painted in situ, often amid heavy pedestrian traffic (and interest), in single sessions stretching up to seven hours. Scenes commenced in daylight are layered over to depict the night-time hours in which they were completed. The constantly changing features of scenes—both human and non—are captured in evocative hazes that suggest both their arrival and departure. The energy that went into producing these works is immediately palpable: they are, in a very real sense, exhilarating to view.
Complementing the canvas-grounded hustle and bustle are Luccio’s drypoints, which, eschewing the monumental bridges and buildings so recognisably Manhattan, have taken on the no less iconic scene of the New York City diner. Copper plates and tools in hand, these pieces were also created in situ by Luccio and delightfully capture the unabashed eccentricity and character of some of the city’s most legendary haunts.
Long-term followers of Marco Luccio’s work will find their appreciation of his expertise and artistry taken to a new level, while first-time viewers will have the fortune of being introduced to an artist who continues to bravely explore and expand, creating beautifully striking works of art in the process.
Images: photographed by Sina Basila
click here to watch a 3min film of Luccio painting in New York
Marco Luccio is represented in over 40 public and corporate collections internationally, including several museums such as the New York Public Library, the Museum of the City of New York, the National Gallery of Australia, and more.
Luccio has held over 40 exhibitions, including two major solo shows in New York. He has exhibited in a large number of group, curated and award shows, and has received several commissions. Luccio’s work has been shortlisted for many major awards including twice for both the Dobell Prize for Drawing, in 2009 and 2010, and the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, in 2013 and 2016.
For further information please visit marcoluccio.com.au/about/