The mesmerizing world of blown glass of Giampaolo Amoruso

March 4, 2024

The mesmerizing world of blown glass of Giampaolo Amoruso

March 4, 2024

From Saturday 09.03 until Sunday 07.04, Galerie Jos Depypere will host a solo exhibition of the glass blown sculptures by Giampaolo Amoruso. Immerse yourself and discover Amoruso’s story and his latest captivating works, a testament to his evolving creativity. 

 

Giampaolo Amoruso’s artistic journey is infused with a longing for creative freedom, a quest that led him to the expressive power of glass as a medium for his philosophies and emotions. Born in 1961 in Boussu, Belgium, Amoruso began his exploratory journey inspired by Belgian glass artists, who showed him the opportunity to find his own voice within the rich traditions of the craft.

The industrial routine couldn’t satisfy Amoruso’s desire for creative expression. It was only when he discovered the expressive power of glass that his artistic journey truly began. His studies at the École des Métiers d’Art de la Province du Hainaut in Mons from 1976 to 1978 played a crucial role in his artistic development, allowing him to find his own voice and express his philosophies and emotions through this fascinating medium. 
 
 

The industrial routine couldn't satisfy Amoruso's desire for creative expression.

After working as an assistant to the artist Jean-Pierre Umbdenstock in Sars-Poteries, France, he decided to open his own glassblowing studio in Boussu in 1992.   
 
It was in 1996, when he moved with his partner Katrien Depypere to Deerlijk, that Giampaolo Amoruso fully dedicated himself to his personal artistic expression. 

Throughout his career, he has maintained fruitful collaborations, notably with the Belgian sculptor José Vermeersch. His work is also internationally recognized, as evidenced by the numerous exhibitions he has participated in cities such as Paris, New York, Beirut, Frauenau, and Venice. 

The works of Giampaolo Amoruso find their place in prestigious collections of numerous museums around the world, such as the Racine Art Museum in the United States, MusVerre in Sars-Poteries in France, the European Museum for Modern Glass in Rödental in Coburg, and the National Glass Museum in Frauenau in Germany, as well as the Musée du Verre in Charleroi in Belgium.

As a Belgian of Italian descent, Amoruso embodies in his work the dualities of his identity. He intertwines the figurative traditions of both Belgian and Italian cultures in his art, creating heads, faces, and figures that embody the human experience.

Through his artworks, he invites the audience to contemplate themes such as identity, impermanence, and the quest for meaning. Giampaolo Amoruso is not only a master in glass art but also a bridge builder between different worlds. 

The works of Giampaolo Amoruso find their place in prestigious collections of numerous museums around the world

His art speaks to the soul, encourages reflection, and inspires a universal dialogue that transcends the boundaries of time, space, and culture. Through his art, Amoruso leaves a lasting impression, reminding us of the beauty and complexity of the human experience, transcending boundaries and sparking a timeless conversation.

The sales exhibition will take place from Saturday, March 9, to Sunday, April 7, 2024, at Galerie Jos Depypere, Kuurne. The gallery is open from Thursday to Sunday from 14:00 to 18:30, or by appointment. The vernissage will be held on Friday, March 8, from 18:00 to 23:00, in the presence of the artist.

Carine De Brabandere and Ronny Claus won the award for best cinematography at the annual film festival ‘Breedbeeld’ with their film “Giampaolo Amoruso”, which tells the story behind Giampaolo Amoruso, highlighting both his artworks and the person behind the art.

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