JT LeRoy x Raffaella Bertolini Nov 6, 2018 20:39:08 GMT riq, raffaellabertolini, and 1 more like this
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We're proud to announce our next release, a unique collaboration between two truly inspiring people, artist Raffaella Bertolini, and Laura Albert, the enigmatic author behind the mythic JT LeRoy.
We asked Raffaella to work with Lauren to interpret what JT would look like today and these hand-pulled prints are the result. Signed by both Laura and Raff and printed on 270gsm French archival paper, the prints were created using 7 layers of acrylic and transparent inks, giving each one a singular look with a completely unique background. An edition of 40, each print is $150 (£115gbp) and will be available at pepperspraypress.com on Wednesday, November 7th at noon EST.
Laura Albert has won international acclaim for her fiction. Writing as JT LeRoy, she is the author of the best-selling novels Sarah and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, and the novella Harold's End. She is the subject of Jeff Feuerzeig's feature documentary Author: The JT LeRoy Story and Lynn Hershman Leeson's film The Ballad of JT LeRoy. She has written for The New York Times, The Forward, The London Times, Spin, Interview, Man About Town, Vogue, Film Comment, L'Équipe Sport&Style, Filmmaker, I-D, and others – most recently, the cover article for Man About Town and her reflections on fashion for VESTOJ. A writer for the HBO series "Deadwood," she also wrote the original script for Gus Van Sant's Elephant and was the film's Associate Producer. She has written the short films Radiance for Drew Lightfoot and ContentMode, and Dreams of Levitation and Warfare of Pageantry for Sharif Hamza and Nowness. She is now completing her forthcoming memoir.
UK-based artist Raffaella Bertolini employs a variety of media and forms, working with acrylics, graphite, oils, charcoal, spray paint and collage.
Originally from Italy, Raffaella received her diploma in Art from the Liceo Artistico Arturo Martini in Savona. Her main influences are derived from popular and urban culture, fashion, art, music and literature, along with environmental and political issues. In her portraiture, she blends a (literally!) colourful humour with Psychedelic Art to create her own brand of “Psychedelic Pop Art”, focusing primarily on the female figure. A large number of her “Icons” portraits use alcohol ink. In these works, she celebrates not only the famous but also hidden heroes, such as members of the London Underground scene, unearthed in her recent artwork.
A Mondrian-style background complements that approach in one of her latest series of paintings, which takes on the popular French icons Serge Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin and Brigitte Bardot – each, in their own way, representing ‘La Femme’.
Refusing to limit her work, Raffaella is a storyteller who finds inspiration in a variety of artistic expressions, fed by her lifelong passion and ambition for creative expression. She incorporates elements of her various muses, which lately come from urban/street art. In her urban and mixed-media paintings, as well as in her beautifully detailed drawings, she explores themes of sensuality, humour, religion, and mental health.
Raffaella’s artwork has been regularly showcased in exhibitions in the UK and New York, and the breadth and versatility of her talents have been increasingly recognized. Her exceptional painting Re-Veiled was the runner-up among 40 participants in the online competition “V Gran Premio Citta’ – a prize organized by the Savona art movement, the “Movimento Arte del XXI Secolo”, to recognize excellence in contemporary art expression.
Raffaella Bertolini’s works are in many private collections in Europe, Australia, USA and Japan.
also check out the doc on the JT LeRoy story
and the upcoming movie staring Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart