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An image of The Opera House Fresco by Salvatore Zofrea

Salvatore Zofrea

(Australia 24 Sep 1946 – )

The Opera House Fresco, from the suite Appassionata
Media category
Materials used
woodblock print; black ink on heavy white Japanese Hitachi paper
Hors Commerce

45.0 x 59.5 cm blockmark; 84.0 x 63.6 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed beneath the printed image l.r. corner, pencil "Zofrea". Not dated.
Gift of the artist 2002
Accession number
© Salvatore Zofrea
Not on display
Further information

The Appassionata series is the most detailed account of the principal experiences in the life of Salvatore Zofrea, focusing on his birth and early life in Borgia, Southern Italy, his migration to Australia, his travels, maturation as an artist, family, personal relationships and friends.

Zofrea is one of the finest exponents of woodcut in Australia. His work as a painter and printmaker is inextricably linked - his woodcut prints have been influenced by his work as a painter especially in the richness of their texture, composition and ambition, as has his painting by his activity as a printmaker - his paintings have become simpler in expression and design since he has been making woodcuts.

The series is in an edition of 14 with 6 artist's proofs, four of which are on Japanese paper textured by the wooden boards on which the paper is dried after couching.

Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2002

Bibliography (1)

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Salvatore Zofrea: Appassionata woodcuts, 'The artist's commentaries', pg. 16-45, Sydney, 2000, 79 (illus.). 86

Exhibition history (1)

Salvatore Zofrea 'Appassionata': one hundred woodcuts:

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