Emanuela Di Filippo

Emanuela Di Filippo

Rome, Lazio, Italy

About Emanuela Di Filippo

Artist Statement
I use different types of media such as drawing, painting and various materials to investigate and explore new systems of the language of art.

“Untitled” is my last series of two hundred oil pastels on paper. A brief colourful summary of my artistic research but above all a tribute to Biba. “Tight cut skinny sleeves, earthy colours , called “Auntie Colours - Blackish mulberries, blueberries, rusts and plums. Hulanicki described them as looking like a funeral”.

I was inspired by shapes of Italian fashion clothing and work uniforms and the brightness of the colours of British clothing, the simplicity of the shapes playing with primary colors, secondary and complementary. The human body, male or female, that communicates emotions through different clothing. I would like to link art to fashion. Since I started my artistic research more than fifty years ago I have never painted directly from nature or from photographs but I have always tried to interpret the real visions according to the colours, lines and forms.

“Di Filippo's influences include the slender portraits Modigliani and especially, the vibrant colours of Sonia Delaunay. In The Observer she explains, "I was inspired by abstract, minimal, contemporary artists. But then I came back to my first loves: art and fashion." Biba’s designs are reminiscent of the classic Italian fashion Di Filippo grew up with: "They have a simplicity of shape, and I loved the colours such as olive, rust, and bruised purple." For Di Filippo, Biba's 60s style remains timeless. "It’s like Coco Chanel’s little black dress. It will never get old."

Exhibitions

Emanuela Di Filippo

Born in 1984 , Rome, Italy
Lives and works in Rome.

Education:

2012
Qualified Teacher Status QTS, UK.
2009
MA Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, Italy.
2007
BA Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, Italy.

Solo Exhibitions:

2019
“Tribute to Biba Inspiration”, Devonport Guildhall, Devon, UK.
2018
Emanuela Di Filippo: A Glimpse into Art & Biba Fashion, Kingston Museum, Kingston Upon Thames, UK.
2018
Biba Inspiration, City hall,The Vestibules, Bristol, UK.
2017
Biba in the Studio, Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, Worthing, UK.
2016
Tribute to BIBA, Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend-On-Sea, UK.
2015
The Romford look: the art of high street fashion, Havering Museum, Romford, UK.

Group Exhibitions:

2019
'Collected and Conserved', Worthing Museum & Art Gallery, Worthing, UK
2008
ART-E-DISU-08, University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy.
2005
White Night, Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, Rome, Italy.
2004
Culture Week, Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, Italy.
2003
See No Evil / Speak No Evil / Hear No Evil, Sisley Xhafa, Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome Italy.

Art Fair:

2019
The Other Art Fair Chicago - Mana Contemporary Chicago, USA.
2019
"From London to Rome: Tribute to Biba. Art & Fashion", Artrooms Fair Roma, Rome, Italy.

Awards and Fellowships:

2013
Tutor Visitors, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, Beijing, China.
2005
UCM Fine Arts, scholarship to study in Madrid, Spain.

Collections:

2019
"Autumn/Winter 2018",Oil Pastel on Paper, 32 x 40 cm Inspired by Fashion, Collection on Saatchi Art's homepage, Saatchi Art.
2017
Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, Worthing, UK.
2016
Inspired by Fashion, Collection on Saatchi Art's homepage, Saatchi Art.
2015
Original Art Under $250, Collection, Saatchi Art's 2015 Gift Guide, Saatchi Art.
2015
New Drawings $500 and Under, Collection on Saatchi Art's homepage, Saatchi Art.
2014
Originals for $500 and Under, Collection on Saatchi Art's homepage, Saatchi Art.


Articles and Reviews:

2018
Inspired by Biba: oil pastel fashion, The Observer, Feb.4 (2018).
2017
Selective List of Recent Dress Exhibitions Costume, The Costume Society of Great Britain, Edinburgh University Press. London, UK.

Teaching and Workshop:

Master in Fashion Business, IED, European Institute of Design, Florence, Italy
Art & Fashion Workshop, Public Space, Rome, Italy - U.K.
italki, Online Teaching Learning Platform, Rome, Italy.
Axcis Education, Local Schools, Bristol, London U.K.
Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, Italy.
Liceo Artistico Caravillani, Rome, Italy.