Atlas Pearls and Perfumes Managing Director Pierre Fallourd and Francesca Gnagnarella

 

The exotic Komodo Islands and surrounding tropical seas are the inspiration for Francesca Gnagnarella’s latest set of paintings.

 

Tamara Cook enjoyed the exhibition opening

 

The dynamic Italian artist has joined forces with Atlas Pearls and Perfumes and her works are currently on display at the company’s Bay View Terrace, Claremont premises.

 

Ivy Arelland and Loan Tran

 

Called The Southern Seas, the in-store show is a colourful venture into the vistas of the Komodos, most renowned for dragons, pristine waters and unspoiled islands.

 

 

Atlas sources a selection of its pearls from the seas of the Komodo archipelago, so the two luxuriant forms of art and design have a strong symbiosis.

 

Ben Williams and Linzi Carter

 

Francesca’s abstract style is distinctive and instantly recognisable through use of vibrant intermingling amorphous colour shades and careful placement of gold leaf to accentuate the whole and lure the eye.

 

Oysters sans pearls can be very good, too!

 

The combination affords the pieces a soft luminescence and subtly of hue that can be mesmerising. Recognition and remembrance of past vistas emerge from her creations.

 

Rob Atkinson and Rob Venn

 

She says there is little attempt to describe a scene or subject, but rather to capture fleeting moments of memory with a colour vision on canvas.

 

Mastura Koelmeyer and Demelza Leonard

 

This might be a sunset or sunrise, looking at the earth and sky before or after rain, sunburnt desert, blue ocean, or distant islands.

 

Nat and Sabine

 

“Landscape is all about colour, whether subtle and soft or vibrant with contrast,” she says.

 

Gary Ogden and Tracey Muemann

 

She incorporates bold brush strokes and dripped paint together with thinned veiled satins to create shifting layers of colour.

 

Jordan Kay and Kendra Fallows

 

Francesca started exhibiting in Paris prior to finishing her degree at the Sorbonne University and she held her first solo exhibition in Rome in 2006.

 

Kirsten Tennant and Sara James

 

She exhibits regularly between Hong Kong, Singapore, Europe and Australia, and her paintings can be found in collections around the world.

Her collaboration with Atlas is a seamless fit.

 

Starfish are always draped in pearls…

 

Atlas South Sea pearls are harvested from five pearl farms extending through the Indonesian Archipelago to West Papua.

 

Tarli de Courcier and Lucy King

 

The company has established a relationship with regional pearl traders as well as leading global retailers and supplies major brand names and fashions houses on Fifth Avenue, New York and Place Vendome in Paris.

The Southern Seas exhibition is currently at Atlas Pearls and Perfumes, Shop 1, 47-49 Bay View Terrace, Claremont, WA.

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