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Hector a Royal Dog



Agalis Manessi


The work lies within the tradition of Maiolica and celebrates this rich historical medium through many diverse influences ranging from the sophistication of Italian Istoriato dishes through to the simplicity of humble folk wares. I strive for a poetic simplicity through pictorial representation trying to retain a freshness of palette that belies the difficulty of the process. Once dipped in glaze, the pieces become like primed canvasses.

Subject matter is derived from portraits figures and animal studies drawn from literature, directly from life or inspired by characters from paintings in museum collections; the richness of Renaissance frescoes and the freshness of Fauvist painters inspire a fusion of the observed and imagined.

The portrait dishes are softly coiled, their painted images built up of composite features observed from friends and characters in films and magazines, garlanded within floral motifs. The cat vases too are portraits whose gentle humour is offset by the suggestive poise of their condensed forms, camouflaged within the painted surface. The modelled animals and figures take on a more animated nature, communicating silently yet eloquently some kind of message to the viewer.