On Tuesday 10th June the sun was shining as we welcomed Raffaella Bertolini through the newly opened doors of the gallery, and she left as the newest member of our Eye Like family!
Raffaella Bertolini was born in Genova, Italy; after completing Art College she travelled to London where she now resides and works, and has completed two oil painting courses at the Richmond Adult College, Richmond.
Painting and drawing has always been a massive part of Raffaella’s life, her influences stemming originally from popular culture, in particular Manga, leading her to spend hours inventing stories and creating pieces. It was during her time at Art College in Italy, in the initial two years of her time there, that she was taught about the great masters of art and the basics of drawing by one teacher that Raffaella comments as being particularly ‘nice’. It is this certain teacher that she credits as being a ‘real inspiration’ surrounding her artistry, and thank goodness for that, as her work has gone from strength to strength!
Bertolini’s most recent work is influenced by aspects of popular culture including music, movies, TV, fashion and literature – creating pieces demonstrating a mixture of Pop and Pyschedelic Art. A year ago the nature of Raffaella’s style took on elements of the traditional, however, after the discovery and experimentation of alcohol based inks (no drinking involved of course), her most recent work differs completely in style. She first began experimenting with acrylics and vodka, moving the paint around the page with a hairdryer - if we did this no doubt we would end up setting the whole place alight and burning down our precious new gallery! This development in her work Raffaella describes as being a ‘revelation’ and led her to search online, eventually stumbling across alcohol inks. This crucial medium established the final progression of her new work; to create her pieces she merges detailed pencil drawings with an abstract background, achieved by dripping this ink onto the paper.
Speaking to Raffaella towards the end of our meeting, she comments how before the discovery of alcohol inks there was ‘something missing’ in her art, but describes how she ‘felt complete’ after her experimentation in mediums. Here at Eye Like we feel that Raffaella too has filled a gap within Eye Like’s walls - on Facebook she is described as being the ‘queen of alcohol inks’, and we completely agree. The fabulous and unique nature of her work truly has the ‘wow’ factor and we are proud to welcome her into our family!
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