Lorne gallery’s inaugural exhibition
Lorne’s Littleton – Lombardi Gallery, has come to life with its first exhibition of sculptures, paintings and drawings. The pieces are all the work of co-director of the gallery, Berardino Lombardi, and will be exhibited until this Saturday. The exhibition, Lombardi’s second solo effort, includes four large canvasses, 12 framed gouache drawings, six sculpture head portraits and a hand-painted book. Lombardi, 28, has been involved with art for about 10 years and has been art and photography teacher at Lorne Higher Elementary School. He competed has Diploma of Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts before studying for his Diploma of Education at Melbourne State College. While this is only Lombardi’s second solo exhibit, he has been involved in several group exhibitions and in 1977 won the Trustees prize from the National Gallery of Victoria. Lombardi said his first effort featured gestural works, but the current show investigates visual harmony with the paintings and drawings featuring geometrical designs. All but one of the works are for sale and Lombardi said three have been sold. The drawings range from $195 to $375 and the sculptures range from $350 to $550. Lombardi said the sculptures were of people he knew including co-director of the gallery, David Littleton, The gallery itself is a modern house shared by Littleton and Lombardi, with three rooms and a corridor being used for the exhibition.