Leti draws inspiration from the surrounding environment. Whereas the previous bodies of work focused predominantly on landscape, the current exhibition conveys the artist’s immersion in the urban setting.
For the new body of work, the Italian-born Leti utilises, as a starting point, coloured marbles and granite of Italian palaces and cathedrals from the Renaissance and Baroque eras. Both the source material and the resulting artworks will be present in the exhibition: Leti’s detailed photographs of some of Italy’s most celebrated buildings can be linked directly to the delicately tinted, rectangular shapes within his recent paintings and works on paper.
Leti’s enduring love of music and poetry can be also perceived in the rhythm and cadence, inherent within the artist’s use of colour and compositional structures of the works. The respected Australian academic, Emeritus Professor Sasha Grishin, wrote an insightful essay for the catalogue of the exhibition.
The exhibition opening will be accompanied by the launch of Bruno Leti’s latest book, Fiorenza: Ribbons of Power, featuring additional related photographs and artworks from the artist’s studio.
Bruno Leti, who has recently turned 80, is a multi-disciplinary artist, renowned for his paintings, works on paper, graphics (etchings, monotypes, and multiples) as well as his artist’s books. He has held over 60 solo exhibitions across Australia as well as abroad, notably in Italy, Germany, Japan, the United States, and Canada. His works have been acquired in Australia by all national and state galleries, as well as numerous regional and tertiary collections.
Bruno Leti (born 1941), is a painter, printmaker, photographer and publisher of artists’ books. His semi-abstract etchings, woodcuts, aquatints, monoprints and collagraphs are well known in Australia through exhibitions and numerous publications. Leti’s paintings are closely related to his graphics, featuring elegant abstractions with restrained use of colour and balanced compositional aspect. Leti is also recognised as a leading figure in the genre of artists’ books, having published these regularly since the 1980s. Leti has been exhibiting regularly since the late 1960s in Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide as well as abroad, most notably in Chicago, Cologne, Kyoto, Milan, New York, and Washington DC.