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Franko BelloFranko Bello: I Still Love

MAY 5th 2011 

I'm essentially a painter who also works in performance. I come from a visual art background and not “live art” or theatre, and this is very important to me as it informs the way my work is read. In the last 20 years or so I have developed ways of working to suit my need at that particular time, in terms of strategy and context, by using painting, installation, sculpture, video and sound.

Franko B 2010

Franko Bello - paintingI Still Love is Italian artist Franko B’s first solo exhibition in London for seven years and features a series of embroidered canvases, never before shown in the UK. This new collection of work will be on display at The Nunnery in Bow. The preview is on Thursday  5th May and opens at 6pm, the show is then open from 1pm – 5 pm, from Friday 6th May to Sunday 5th June 2011

A bold, eclectic artist, who for many years has been a leading figure on the international performance art scene, Franko B has selected a new approach and working method for this series of I Feel Shit Todaywork. The canvases, which depict animals, flowers, portraits and the male body, as well as images of torture and war, return to the central themes of Franko B’s work – death, eroticism, intimacy, pain and compassion. These recurrent motifs find a delicate new means of expression through the exclusive use of red cotton on unprimed canvas.

Although at first viewing apparently quite removed from the performance art for which he is most widely known, the fragile beauty of these images, delineated on the blank canvases with bright red thread, is reminiscent of the red blood marks on the whitened body of the artist – a typical element of his earlier performance works, which are deeply embedded in the public perception of his practice.

Franko Bello performance

I Still Love follows on from the artist’s recent solo exhibition at PAC (Pavilion of Contemporary Art), Milan.

There will be a programme of additional events accompanying the exhibition including an Artist’s Talk on Sunday 8th May (2-3.30pm) . Franko B will be in conversation with writer and curator, Michele Robecchi. Discussion will revolve around the theories and concerns which inform Franko B’s work and the diverse range of approaches he takes to producing art. To reserve a place, please RSVP to


The Nunnery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ
The gallery is open 1 – 5 pm, Friday – Sunday. Entry to the exhibition and events is free.

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