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Enzo Plazzotta

Selected artist profile information for this deceased Italian Sculptor (1921 - 1981)
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Sculptor Enzo Plazzotta
Enzo Plazzotta

About Enzo Plazzotta

Enzo Plazzotta worked mainly in bronze, his tactile and delicate workmanship finding clay and wax more congenial than stone. He will undoubtedly be remembered for his bronze statuettes, lovingly sculpted and greatly treasured for the aesthetic please they give their owners.
Sculptor Enzo Plazzotta
Enzo Plazzotta

Exhibition History of Enzo Plazzotta

1949 - Broom Street Gallery, London
1966 - Galerie des Anciens et des Modernes, Paris
1966 - Marjorie Parr Gallery, London
1967 - Galerie des Anciens et des Modernes, Paris
1967 - Galerie des Anciens et des Modernes, Paris
1967 - Galerie Chedel, Geneva
1968 - Grosvernor Gallery, London
1968 - Galerie des Anciens et des Modernes, Paris
1968 - Galleria "Studio 80" Bocca di Magra, Italy
1968 - Marjorie Parr Gallery, London
1968 - Galerie M. Rousso, Paris
1969 - Bruton Gallery, Somerset
1969 - Stowe School, Buckingham
1969 - Edinburgh Festival - Douglas and Foulis Gallery
1969 - Sladmore Gallery, London
1969 - Grosvenor Gallery, London
1969 - Bruton Gallery, Somerset
1969 - Acquavella Galleries, New York
1970 - Stowe School, Buckingham
1970 - Grosvenor Gallery, London
1970 - Rolly-Michaux, New York
1971 - Cirencester Park, Gloucester
1971 - Kings Lynn Festival, Norfolk
1973 - Kovler Gallery, Chicago
1973 - Lewes Festival, Sussex
1973 - John Gage Gallery, Eastbourne
1973 - Sixty One Gallery, London
1973 - Acquavella Galleries, New York
1974 - Hogarth Gallery, New Orleans
1974 - Marjorie Parr Gallery, London
1974 - Rolly-Michaux Gallery, Boston Mass
1974 - John Gage Gallery, Eastbourne
1974 - Compendium Galleries, Birmingham
1974 - David Jones Gallery, Sydney
1974 - Buston Mill Galleries, Norwick
1975 - Bruton Gallery, Somerset
1975 - Salisbury Festival, Wiltshire
1975 - Danehill Festival, Sussex
1975 - Marjorie Parr Gallery, London
1975 - Artamon Gallery, New South Wales
1976 - Italian Institute of Culture, London
1976 - Stowe School, Buckingham
1976 - Sadlers Wells Theatre, London
1976 - Buxton Mill Festival, Norwich
1976 - Lad Lane, Dublin
1976 - Wexford Festival, Wexford, Eire
1976 - Ankrum Gallery L.A.
1977 - Dalzell-Hatfield Gallery L.A.
1977 - Stafford Gallery, Stafford
1977 - Cranleigh School, Cranleigh, Surrey
1977 - Bruton Gallery, Somerset
1977 - Buxton Mill, Norwich
1977 - Midlands Mobile Exhibition
1977 - The Ballet Gallery, New York
1978 - Bruton Gallery, Somerset
1978 - Wildenstein Gallery, London
1979 - Lad Lane, Dublin
1979 - Hamiltons Gallery, London
1979 - Grant Gallery, Newcastle, Co Down
1980 - Wildenstein Gallery, New York
1980 - Spring Festival, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham
1980 - Bourne Gallery, Reigate
1980 - Locus Gallery, London
1980 - Bedford College, Regents Park, London
1980 - Richmond Gallery, London
1980 - Limited Editions Gallery, London
1980 - Bruton Gallery, Somerset
1981 - Ashley Gallery, Florida
1981 - Middleton Gallery, Annapolis
1981 - Solomon Gallery, Dublin
1981 - Valley House Gallery, Dallas
1982 - Royal Festival Hall
1983 - Jonathan Poole Gallery, Westminster Abbey
1983 - Teillard de Chardin Exhibition, Westminster Abbey
1983 - Locus Gallery, London
1984 - Alwin Gallery, London
1984 - Salley le Gallais Gallery, Jersey
1984 - Ernest Quinton Antiques, Bath
1984 - Beaver Galleries, Canberra
1985 - Freeland Gallery, London
1985 - Faustus Find Art, London.

Enzo Plazzotta

Biography / CV of Enzo Plazzotta

Enzo Plazzotta was born at Mestre, Near Venice, on May 29th 1921. After the death of his father 2 years later, the family moved to Lake Maggiore, and Plazzotta spent the rest of his childhood there. At 17, having discovered this aptitude for suclpture, he enrolled at the Accademia di Brera in Milan to study under Messina. It was not unitl after the War that he cane under the aegis of Manzu, who exerted a consderable influence over his work.

However, Italy`s entry into the War abruptly interrupted his studies. Plazzotta volunteered for the regiment of the Bersaglieri and was sent the North Africa, where he was awarded the Silver Medal for military valour. Back in Italy, at the time of Mussolini`s fall in 1943, he made a break with the Fascist regime and went up into the mountains to found a partisan formation with other deserters and political refugees, Betrayal by an infiltrator led to his capture and solitary confinement. After 6 months imprisonment, he excaped whilein transit to Mauthausen, and crossed into Switzerland, where he worked to better relations between the partisans and the Allies. In the closing months of the War, he returned to Italy to participate in the final struggle for national liberation.

After this 4 year break, Plazzotta returned to the Brera to complete his studies. Having graduated, he was commissioned by the Italian Committee for National Liberation to make a statuette, the figure of David, to symbolize the "spirit of rebellion" whichhas characterised the Italina resistance movement. In 1947, the sculptor accompanied General Cordorna, a prominenet anti-fascist leader, to present the figure to the British Special Forces in London, honouring their work with the partisans. Although he had only anticipated a short stay, he was so drawn to the British way of life that he decided to settle in London. He first found work as a portrait artist but later, with a family to support, he was obliged to turn his attention to more lucrative pursuits. Rather that practise his art merely as a hobby, he gave up sculpting altogether. Instead, he set up a commercial art agency in London, which specialised in importing Milanese art and design. It was not until the early sixties the Plazzotta found himself in a position to take up sculpting again. With a few exceptions, all the work illustrated here is the product of this new period. As most of the earlier work was never cast, it could not be traced for documentation. Plazzotta was already in his forties and all to aware that this was late in the day to embark on such a demanding profession. His prolific output in such a relatively brief working span attests his underlying sense of urgency. He was conscious that financial difficulties had thrown an obstacle in his path in the past, bringing to a halt what he felt, deeply, to be his true vocation. Now it was a question of coming to terms with these neterial considerations, not only to sound a voice in the forum, but also, more fundamentally, to be in a position to continue to sculpt at all. This endeavour, the aims of which he successfully achieved, explains the duality of his work in this phase. On the one hand, there are the more accessible public works which relects and incorporate the popular tastes of the day; but to redress the balance, there is a core of more personal work which does not shy away from difficulty, either technical or symbolic, and which suceeds in maing its own bold statements.

Plazzotta always retained close links with his native Italy. Apart from casting much of his work in Pietrasanta, he also kept a small studio there until his death, reaping the advantages of an environment in which artists and craftsmen worked alongside each other, pooling their respective talents with the common aim of producing finished objects of high quality. Many of the remaining editions are still cast, chased and patinated by the artisans with whom he worked so closely during his lifetime.

Pietrasanta`s situation near the Carrarra mountains, where so much Renaissance marble was quarried, also afforded him an opportunity to try his has at carving, and he executed a significant number of figures both in marble and onyx. But at heart he was a modeller, preferring to work in wax with its inherrent versatility. He also used clay for portraits and some larger scale pieces, and carried out experiments in perspex, sinking figures into the transparent substance as a personal solution to the problem of representing bodies suspended in space. His main departures from the sculptural idion were the series of etching as well as some experimental work in acrylics.

In 1976, in recognition of his services to Italian art, Plazzotta received the title of Cavaliere from the Italian government. In the same year, he moved into the Garden Studio in Cathcart Road, built by Sire Charles Wheeler as a working sculptors studio. The abundance of space and light, together with the legacy of a wealth of mechanical equipment, encouraged Plazzotta to start producing more life-size pieces and enable him to bring to fruition projects which he had been mulling over for some years. The last of these was the monument to a figure of the past whom he greatly admired, Leonardo da Vinci. Sadly he was only able to complete the maquette for this project before he became ill with cancer in 1981 and died within the same year. Thanks to the determination of his sponsor and the application of his assistant. Mark Holloway, the monument was completed posthumously in 1982 and erected outside the Italian Institute in Blegrave Square in 1984.

Enzo Plazzotta

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Enzo Plazzotta

His work can be found in several public and private collections worldwide including:
The Vatican, Rome.
The Hermitage, Lausanne.
The Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.

Public Works of Enzo Plazzotta

Camargue Horses stands on the Waterside Terrace at the Barbican Centre, London
Crucifixion in the College Gardens of Westminster Abbey.
Homage to Leonardo stands in Belgrave Square, London.
Jeté, 1975, on the corner of 46-57 Millbank, Westminster, London (based on David Wall).
The Helmet, (1964) in the grounds of Lewes Priory; commissioned by Sir Tufton Beamish[2]
Two Brothers - Boys Town, Nebraska.[3]
Young Dancer sits opposite the Royal Opera House in Broad Street, off Bow Street, London.

Price Range of Work

Enzo Plazzotta's work has a price range from £1,400 to £96,000

Mediums utilised

Enzo Plazzotta's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Enzo Plazzotta's work is found in the following categories on site:
Females Women Girls Ladies Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines (29)
Nudes, Female Sculptures (28)
Horse Sculpture / Equines Race Horses Pack HorseCart Horses Plough Horsess (22)
Human Figurative Sculptures (18)
Male Men Youths Masculine Statues Sculptures statuettes figurines (17)
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture (16)
Dance Sculptures and Ballet Sculptures (15)
Horses Small, for Indoors and Inside Display Statues statuettes Sculptures figurines commissions commemoratives (15)
Nudes / Male Sculpture (11)
Sculptures of Sport in General (11)
Indoor figurative sculpture (9)
Horse and Rider / Jockey Sculpture / Equestrian Sculptures (9)
Small Animal Sculptures (8)
Pet and Animal Portrait Custom or Bespoke or Commission Commemorative or Memoriaql sculpture statue (7)
Portrait Sculptures / Commission or Bespoke or Customised Sculptures (7)
Tabletop Desktop Small Indoor Statuettes Figurines Sculptures (7)
Religious Sculpture (6)
Field Sports, Game Birds and Game Animals Sculptures (6)
Commemoratives and Memorials Sculptures (5)
Animals in General Sculptures Statues (4)
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures (4)
Busts and Heads Sculptures Statues statuettes Commissions Bespoke Custom Portrait Memorial Commemorative sculpture or statue (4)
Torsos Sculptures or Chests of Men and Women Females Girls Children Statues statuery statuettes (4)
Children Child Babies Infants Toddlers Kids Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines (4)
Classical Style Sculptures and Statues (4)
Stylized People Sculptures (4)
Bas Reliefs or Low Reliefs (4)
Wall Mounted or Wall Hanging sculpture (4)
Farm Yard Sculptures (4)
Little Small Nude or Naked Girls Women Ladies Females Sculpture Statue statuettes Figurines (3)
Unselfconscious Relaxed Nude sculpture (3)
Variety of Emotional feelings depicted in Sculptures (3)
Objects of desire Sculptures (3)
Aspirational / Inspirational Sculptures or Statues (3)
Couples or Group Sculptures (3)
Christian Church Sculptures, Carvings Bas Reliefs Stained Glass and Statues (3)
Plaques, Medals, Medalions, Coins, Tokens, Commemorative Customised Commission or Bespoke (3)
Love / Affection Sculpture (2)
Spiritual sculpture (2)
Monumental Sculptures (2)
Nude Garden Yard Outdoor Outside Sculptures Statues (2)
Birds Abstract Contemporary Stylised l Minimalist Sculpture / Statues (2)
Animal Memento happy Reminder sculpture statue statuette (2)
Precious Metals Animal Sculptures Statues statuettes ornaments (2)
Indoor Inside Interior Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine (2)
Sensual Sculptures or Statues (2)
Nude or Naked Couples or Lovers (2)
Animal Birds Fish Busts or Heads or Masks or Trophies For Sale or Commission (2)
Torsos Chests Females / Women / Girls / Damsels Sculptures Statues statuary (2)
Champions Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines (2)
Small / Little Figurative sculpture / statuette / statuary / ornament / figurine (2)
Young Animal Bird, Reptile or Amphibian and possibly Insects Statues (2)
Buddha Sculptures Statues figurines statuettes (2)
Wild Animals and Wild Life Sculptures
Reptiles Sculptures and Amphibian Sculptures
Musician and Musical Sculptures
Public Art Sculpture
Literary and Musical Characters Sculptures
Allegorical / Parable Sculpture
Angel Sculptures
Commission and Custom and Bespoke sculpture Statues
Animals and Humans Sculptures, Statues and Statuettes
Figurative Abstract Modern or Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuary statuettes figurines
Figurative Public Art Sculptures
Domestic Animal Sculpture
Abstract Contemporary Modern Outdoor Outside Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary
Anatomy, Hands and Feet and other human parts of the body Sculptures
Adult with Young Animal Bird, Reptile or Amphibian, Fish Statues
Celebrity and Star Sculptures
Architectural Sculptures
Animals and Birds at Play Sculptures Statues
Ballet Dancer Ballerina Classical Dance Sculptures Statues statuettes Figurines
Awards, Trophies, Presentations and Prizes Sculptures
Precious Metal Precious stone Sculpture Statue Ornament Figurine Statuette
Abstract Modern Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines statuary
Military, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines Airmen and Military Equipment
Historical Character Statues / Sculptures
Horses Outdoors, Outside, Life Size, Big, Large, Huge Sculptures Statues memorials commissions custom made
Mythical Sculptures
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