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Music can be listened to.

It can be sung and played. 

It can be drawn.

Sketchmusic, showcases original sketches made extemporaneously during live music performances, where the exhibition intends to emphasise the relationship between music and art. 

A sketch is a bit like a photograph which tries to capture the moment but it is also able to transmit what the artist feels during that determinate instant. A rough sketch line might transmit more emotions than a finished masterpiece.

When the music starts it is like the hand could dance on the paper, the line follows the rhythm of the music; the musicians are captured in their status of delight.

The sketchbook became a study for the finished works in which Simona De Leo communicates the pleasure of the music through the addition of colours and decorations that reflect the style of that specific moment and melody.

The sketches are realised using charcoal, graphite pencil and ink brush-pen, while the final works are fully inked with nib and brush with the addition of watercolours and colour pencils.

Come along to the opening night of this exhibiton on Thursday 2nd February between 6.30pm and 8pm to meet the artist and hear music that inspired the pictures from DJs Patrick O'Brien and Robert Goldie.

Originally from Puglia, the heel of Italy, Simona De Leo started to draw probably before she could say her first word. When the other children were playing with dolls and mini cars she was painting with her mum's oil colours. Continuing this passion De Leo gained a BA Degree in Comics & Illustration at the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna (Italy).

2 years ago she moved to London where she is expanding her knowledge in graphic design and illustration. 



Earlier Event: February 1
Philosophy Cafe
Later Event: February 3
VivasPro : Deaf advocacy