Giuliana Lazzerini was born in Seravezza near Pietrasanta in Tuscany. Between 1962 and 1968 she was a student at the Istituto D'Arte Stagio Stagi in Pietrasanta, gaining a Master of Arts Diploma. This was followed by a further four years studying painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara. Giuliana moved to Yorkshire, England in 1987 and now lives in York.
The Tuscan landscape and childhood memories still bear a strong influence upon the artist's current work. In an earlier statement she describes her first encounters with art in Italy as a child in her father's mosaic studio. She refers to the "translucency of the mosaic fragment" and her "fascination with the vibrancy of colour" from the juxtapositioning of the pieces. These early perceptions, several years on, provide a language and a vocabulary for her pictures in terms of colour, surface, scale of which she uses in the construction of her tapestry-like, interlocking, angular-surfaced village landscapes. Architecture exists within a shallow space; Structures are locked together through a medieval, narrative sort of pictorial logic. The viewer's eye is then led through and across these interweaving spaces with the most seductive and delightful channels of colour.
In other works Lazzerini depicts solitary portrait images. Figures often appear with props - shells, cups and boats. There are equestrian references. Are these characters the inhabitants of Lazzerini's interlocking Tuscan villages, or part of some ceremonial ritual? These pictures show an economy in terms of compositional design, with richness of surface mark and colour, reconfirming the artist's earlier delight in light and transparency.
"My work is varied and often developed from an idea encountered during a journey that takes me in an unknown territory where I grow as an Artist. I usually work in small series of paintings, where memory and imagination come to interplay. Time made me more familiar with the English Northern landscape and it finally has left a mark in some of my work, as I become more intrigued by its drama and atmosphere."
"Nature dominates my linocut prints, with deer’s, hares & birds featuring alongside the cottages of Yorkshire, the medieval walls of York & the hills of Tuscany, often with an abstract quality.
I carve my linocuts by hand and ink them, then individually print them myself on a hand operated printing press, sometimes burnishing them by hand. This process is repeated for every colour needed, as some prints are made of 3 to 4 printing plates. I mix all my inks myself for each batch of prints I make and every print is individually signed by me. Some of my linocuts are also Limited Editions, usually small editions, and not mass produced. The number on the bottom left corner of a print, for example 6/25 would be the sixth print in total edition of 25. After the edition is completed the lino carving plates are destroyed and no more prints will be made. I normally do a few Artist’s Proofs (A.P.) before I start the edition, to try different options. Also some prints are marked E.V. for Edition Varied, so the total number stated will include different colour variations."