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Lantomo Somnambule 1, 2019

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Lantomo, Somnambule 1
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Informations about this artwork
  • Medium

    Drawing : graphite

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    39.4 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch

  • Support

    Drawing on Arches paper

  • Framing

    Beige wood frame

  • Artwork dimensions including frame

    40.2 x 28.3 x 1.2 inch

  • Type

    Unique work

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • Offered by the gallery

    Retrospect Galleries
    Byron Bay - Australia

  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    Artist: Lantomo

    Title: Somnambule 1

    Media: Graphite and Pastel on Paper Mounted on Wood Panel.

    Frame: This work is offered framed in a beautiful natural timber frame.


    'Somnambule 1' is a new original artwork by Lantomo, the pseudonym of Antonella Montes, an Italian artist based in Barcelona, working between Spain, Italy and China. Her drawings are a diary of characters caught in the flat surface on which they are created, trying to get free, like metamorphic beings; faces that hide their engraved emotions and memories.

    Experimenting with wood, a warm and unique material, using tools and aesthetics belonging to the contemporary illustration, Lantomo creates an imaginary world of characters frozen at the instant in which they express themselves. Pencil, charcoal, acrylics and inks are her basic painting elements, usually working with mixed technique and a preference for black, white and red.

    "The graphite portraits I create are almost realistic, suspended in a personal universe between realism and vision, but I'm not interested in virtuous details, I look for the representation of the emotions of my subjects. Drawing has always been present in my life, like a way of expressing myself. My portraits embody a feeling of isolation and introspection, involved in silence. Memory, fears and loneliness in this society are the subjects that obsess me. I try to bring to the surface all traces of emotions behind a gaze."

    Please note the visual simulations of the artwork in a domestic setting included in the photo gallery are provided purely as a visual reference and may not be to scale. If you have a specific space in mind for the artwork, email us with the details and we can create a mock up of your space with this specific artwork to scale for you.
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Antonella Montes, better known as Lantomo, is an artist of Italian origin educated as an architect. She studied at the University of Rome, although she currently lives in Barcelona while studying the Master of Stage Design and Exhibition Design.

After a long stay in China that greatly influenced the development of her technique, she decided to surrender to her passion. The drawing is her tool of expression, direct and decipherable. In her portraits, in black and white with a clear Asian influence, there is a series of nuances, reinforced by the touches of red. Her use of black makes it possible to open a dialogue between the artwork and its viewer through the transmission of a large number of emotions. 

She describes her graphite portraits as suspended in a universe between reality and dream. She doesn't focus on details but mostly on the representation of her subjects' empotions: isolation, introspection, silence. Memory, fears and loneliness in this society are feelings that worry and inspire her. Through her drawings, Lantomo also tries to reflect two very contrasted cultures, the "Asian culture" and the "Western culture". Each one inspiring her in different ways. 

She has participated in various collective and individual exhibitions in cities such as Beijing and Barcelona. The artist is represented by the Gallery Bat Alberto Cornejo in Madrid, 3 Punts Gallery in Barcelona,Spain,  and Retrospect Galleries in Byron Bay, Australia.

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