As one of the most versatile and exciting artists working today, Louis Sidoli’s fusion of different artistic mediums and inspiring techniques demonstrates that he is an and unique talent who likes to push the boundaries and challenge the concept of what art is, and what it can do.
Coming from an artistic Anglo Italian family, Louis always loved to paint and draw. But before his successful leap into life as a full time artist, he had a successful career in the car industry – working for well known brands such as BMW, Mini and Land Rover. Although his corporate days are now behind him, it was something that taught him the importance of artistic discipline, design and the processes involved.
It was during a brief stint working for Bentley and Rolls Royce cars, that it struck him very powerfully how the owners of these vehicles were nearly always self-made individuals who had not enjoyed inherited wealth. What they appeared to have in common was that their accumulated wealth was a direct result of pursuing something they really loved doing. For Sidoli this was a something of a personal epiphany, having long held the desire to do something more creative.
The result was that within a year of leaving his job and inspired by the work of other artists, he had set up a workshop and a thriving business supplying high street chains with his popular glasswork. It was a tough decision to make but he had no regrets particularly as his first collection of fused-glass cityscape art of London and New York received critical acclaim and gave him the confidence to really start to evolve as an artist and experiment in an edgier and more adventurous way.
Most recently this has manifested itself in a series of colourful and clever lenticulars as well as his most powerful and dynamic collection ‘Most Wanted’ – a multi coloured rogues gallery from popular culture, which pays homage to Andy Warhol in style and ‘Sex Drugs and Rock n roll’ in content.
Sidoli himself gained media notoriety during the 2010 general election when one of his political images resulted in him being ‘named and shamed’ in Parliament much to his delight. He loves to challenge the conventional view. “Its art doing what it does best – questioning and raising issues and I like that challenging, anarchic aspect of the medium.”
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