Louise Giovanelli (b. 1993, London, UK) lives and works in Manchester (UK). She completed her postgraduate studies at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main (DE) with professor Amy Sillman in 2020, after having earned a Bachelor’s Degree (B.A. Hons, Fine Art) at the Manchester School of Art, Manchester (UK) in 2015.

Louise Giovanelli has been drawing attention for her delicate, luminous works, which inject vitality into historical subjects from the canon of Western art. Through interconnected series, Giovanelli weaves together visual clues surrounding a specific moment or event. Her subject matter is primarily chosen for its formal qualities and includes, staged photographs, film stills, classical sculpture, and architectural elements. Within each series, Giovanelli repeats her motifs and certain paintings appear nearly identical, excepting slight alterations of the composition, or tonality. Deftly manipulating light and form, her multivalent imagery reminds us that the classical foundations of painting remain sources of delight and innovation. Keenly attuned to the historical significance of painting as a medium and system of representation, her paintings challenge the eye by dissolving representation into carefully crafted textures and patterns. For Giovanelli, painting allows for a visual slowing-down, and beholding her works is akin to a meditative process. 

Solo exhibitions include: Always Different, Always the Same, Moon Grove, Manchester (UK); Collection Spotlight: Louise Giovanelli, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool (UK); As If, Almost, White Cube, London (UK); Auto-da-fé, GRIMM, New York, NY (US); A Priori, GRIMM, Amsterdam (NL); in medias res, Workplace, London (UK); Aerial Silk, GRIMM, New York, NY (US); Time Inside, Frutta Gallery, Rome (IT); Louise Giovanelli, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester (UK); Louise Giovanelli, Workplace Foundation, Gateshead (UK); A Throw to the Side, Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, Warrington (UK); Slow to Respond, Touchstones Gallery, Rochdale (UK); Hold your tongue, Louise Giovanelli and Pius Fox, Transition Gallery, London (UK).

She has also participated in the following group exhibitions: In New York, Thinking of You, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY (US); The Kingfisher’s Wing, curated by Tom Morton, GRIMM, New York, NY (US); Dissolving Realms, curated by Katy Hessel, Kasmin, New York, NY (US); Love is the Devil: Studies after Francis Bacon, Marlborough, London (UK); Mixing It Up: Painting Today, Hayward Gallery, London (UK); Someone said that the world’s a stage, curated by Margot Samel, GRIMM, New York, NY (US); Reflections beyond the Surface, Akzo Nobel Art Foundation, Amsterdam (NL)Romancing the Surface, curated by Loie Hollowell, GRIMM, Amsterdam (NL); Life Still, C.L.E.A.R.I.N.G., Brooklyn, NY (US); El oro de los tigres, Air de Paris, Romainville (FR); Touching from a Distance, curated by Workplace Foundation, The Conduit, London (UK); The Dream That Follows The Mouth, Arcade Gallery, London (UK); Tales of the haunted and the body, curated by Kuba Paris, Casa Cristea Schneider, Berlin (DE), among others.

Giovanelli’s work can be found in the collections of the AkzoNobel Art Foundation (NL); Asymmetry Art Foundation (UK); The Contemporary Art Foundation (JP); THE EKARD COLLECTION; Fundación Medianoche0 (ES); The Grundy Gallery Collection (UK); Hall Art Foundation (US); The Hepworth Wakefield (UK); Hill Art Foundation (US); Hort Family Collection (US); Institute of Contemporary Art (US); Longlati Foundation (CN); Manchester Art Gallery Collection (UK); Manchester School of Art Collection (UK); The National Museum of Norway (NO); Sarow Gallery Collection (DE); The UK Government Art Collection (UK); The University of Salford Collection (UK); Warrington Museum and Art Gallery (UK); Whitworth Art Gallery (UK) among others.