International artist joins ‘Creatives Up Close’

By The McIvor Times

BY Tanya Brnjak

AWARD-winning artist Mario Luccio visited Heathcote to participate in ‘Creatives Up Close’ at Palling Bros.

Formerly Authors up Close, the event on August 31 was facilitated by Amanda Collins and sponsored by Mudbrick Studio and Palling Bros.

Marco Luccio’s work features in more than 25 major public collections both nationally and internationally. As a full-time artist he has held 36 major solo exhibitions, exhibited in over 150 group displays, curated an awards shows and received several commissions.

His work has been collected in various private, public and corporate collections, including the New York Public Library, the Museum of the City of New York, the New York Historical Society and the National Gallery of Australia. It has also been shortlisted for many major awards, including the 2010 and 2009 Dobell and the 2013 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing.

“It was a real coup enticing Marco out from Melbourne,” Ms Collins said. “Marco’s work is fascinating because he is always trying to push the boundaries, whether it’s new techniques or different subjects."

Marco told the audience he has been artistic from a "very young age".

“When I was eight years old, I drew a self-portrait on the garage wall," he said.

“I have six sisters and one of them was pretty angry about it. But she did say it was fabulous.”

Marco said the one thing he enjoys about being an artist is the diverse range of people he meets. He prefers to draw from life rather than imagination. 

Marco has completed artist residencies and study travel trips in New York, Paris and Italy. He has given many guest lectures throughout Australia and overseas, including at the Art Students League of New York and the Printmaking Centre of New Jersey. Marco has taught drawing, painting and printmaking at various institutions, including ongoing classes at the National Gallery of Victoria.

In his teaching years, Marco had a saying called the 'three o’clock red'. 

If no student had not used the colour red by 3pm, he would ask them to add it.

“Red is an exciting colour and the colour represents big things,” he said.

When in New York, Marco also has a studio in the Chrysler building where he says he gains much inspiration.

The next Authors Up Close is with Elliot Perlman on Saturday 19th October at 2pm. For further information please contact Mudwood Studio on 0411 472 370 or Palling Bros on 0427 848 073.