Louis Sidoli

Presley by Louis Sidoli
Morrison by Louis Sidoli
Elvis II by Louis Sidoli
Reggie Kray by Louis Sidoli
Ronnie Kray by Louis Sidoli
Jimi Hendrix by Louis Sidoli
The Krays - Diptych by Louis Sidoli
Al Capone by Louis Sidoli
Al Pacino by Louis Sidoli
Elvis by Louis Sidoli
Frank Sinatra by Louis Sidoli
Jim Morrison by Louis Sidoli
Johnny Cash by Louis Sidoli
Kurt Cobain by Louis Sidoli
Hailing from an Anglo-Italian family –many of whose members have gone on to carve out equally creative careers for themselves – critically acclaimed contemporary portrait artist, Louis Sidoli was noted to have displayed a keen interest and degree of fledgling aptitude for art from an early age according to his nearest and dearest. Having said that Sidoli chose not to follow the more conventional route into an art and design-based career by opting to side-step art school and instead forge a hugely successful creative vocation in the world of automotive product design. During his 15 plus year stint in this environment, Sidoli was employed by such iconic motoring brands as BMW, Mini and Land Rover, whilst the commercial experience which he accumulated was of course, retrospectively, the building blocks on which Sidoli constructed the artistic techniques he plunders today and more than likely the proving ground for the high tech mediums he now frequents, such as aluminium. Either way, Sidoli’s recurrent tendencies to fuse different artistic mediums and inspiring techniques demonstrates that he is a talent who likes to push the boundaries and challenge the concept of what art is, and essentially, what it can do.

Living and working between his bases in Warwickshire and London, Sidoli’s signature contemporary works are much sought after by seasoned collectors and leading celebrities alike, although with regards to the latter demographic it’s clear to see why. For the most part Sidoli’s work focuses on the faces of the rich, famous and instantly recognizable faces of film, music, art, notorious folklore and pop culture per se. from Bowie, Hendrix and Pressley to Ronnie and Reggie Kray, Steve McQueen and Al Capone for startlingly illustrative example. Sidoli’s passion for his subject matter arose from TV, obviously, whilst his sense of artistic style likewise manifested itself and evolved from a televisual surround too; in the form of pop videos. Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, which coincided with Sidoli’s formative years as such, it was the vanguard of pioneering pop music videos, and everyone from Queen, Dire Straits and Duran Duran were routinely out-doing each other in this fiercely competitive new medium of visually-seduction pop music propaganda. And Sidoli was hooked.

So Sidoli grew up absorbing the pop culture, album cover art & MTV videos of the 1970’s & 80’s, which, along with an enduring fascination with Andy Warhol, have had a powerful impact on his future art work. Indeed, his artistic exploration of fame, infamy and fallen idols pictorially examines the Pop Art genre that was pretty much invented by Warhol, as Sidoli himself perpetuates Warhol’s landmark printmaking legacy via the experimental facilitation of materials and technology for a new generation, ultimately offering this unique, lens-eye view of fame and celebrity up close and personal.

The process that Sidoli champions is certainly both novel and ambitious, not to mention time-consuming, however the initial part is the selection of a simple photograph as a starting/reference point. In fact Sidoli insists that – in his own words – going on photography trips and taking the photos is; “The most fun part of my work”, before adding; “I very occasionally work from a stock photo, but I get better results when I work from my own photos, because I can take dozens from all different perspectives to get the exact composition I'm looking for”. Next up is the manipulation and subsequent production of the artwork from these photos, piecing together the final image in a collection of fastidiously unique individual layers of colour, before he goes on to create the painstakingly elaborate stencils for each layer to reproduce the artwork in glass.

The computer is an invaluable weapon in Sidoli’s creative arsenal, without which he stresses he wouldn’t be able to render the finished visual articles that he’s built his enviable reputation on, insisting that the level of complexity involved would definitely rule out the realising of his art by hand. Despite originating stencils via his computer, Sidoli concurs that you’d never guess this when you see the final illustrative offering, such is the attention to fine detailing. Admitting just how laborious this phase is, Sidoli comments; “The stencil stage is very time consuming and I like to print the artwork out and ‘sit on it’ for a few weeks to make sure I'm happy, before cutting out stencils by hand, which takes about a week for a single image”.

Elaborating on the role glass plays in his hallmark works, Sidoli reveals that the panels are crafted and then fired as a whole piece (with the hand-stencilled aspect literally sandwiches between two layers of glass) in a kiln at some 1000 degrees farenheight, so as to mould a single piece of glass; thus the image being trapped inside the glazed surface areas. The actual hues and saturations are the result of special glazes developed by Sidoli himself over the years, whereby he’s combined various glass and metal compounds to create a particular colour. What’s more, the appearance of random air bubbles forming inside the glass during firing, emphasise both the liquidity and the tactile nature of glass, while his also ensuring that no two pieces will ever be identical in presentation. The firing process takes in excess of 24 hours to complete, after which the glass is then left to cool down before they’re hand-embellished by Sidoli and bonded onto specially designed frames.

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