Armando Bergallo is holding the preview of his new exhibition, Animaux, in his private gallery this evening. Although I can’t make it tonight, I was lucky enough to see some of the artwork in preparation.
The acclaimed artist is holding tonight’s opening in Lalandusse, near Castillonnès, in Lot-et-Garonne. The exhibition is on until the end of September, so I’ll have time to see it while I’m in the area in a week’s time.
I spent an evening at his home last summer. Armando gave us a tour of his workshop – and of his beautiful home. He specialises in oils on huge see-through acrylic canvasses and his massive artworks hang from the ceiling in his studio and gallery.
He takes an irreverent view of his works, using discarded plastic canvasses as sun shades. He has also painted some of his furniture in his signature style. We enjoyed dinner in his modern living-dining room sat on chairs he had painted.
Last year, he showcased paintings under the title Orfeo. This year’s exhibition take the eagle from that show as its starting point and moves into the world of animals.
Mind you, his paintings weren’t the only animals on show that night. One of my favourite memories of our evening at his house is when his Norwegian neighbour stood and performed Édith Piaf songs for us. She hit the perfect note, in all senses of the term.
With any luck, my next visit to Armando’s will once again involve both wild animals and a little sparrow.