Photo Gallery: Livio De Marchi

These are pictures of some carved wood-art by Livio De Marchi; a truly amazing woodworker from Venice Italy. Try to imagine not only the skill it took to turn out these amazing pieces of art, but the time and patience too!

 

 

[The following excerpted from the Internet Craftsmanship Museum (www.craftsmanshipmuseum.com/DeMarchi.htm)]

"Mr. De Marchi's work displays a certain sense of whimsical contrast between subject and material that jars the senses. The soft folds of cloth on a table, women’s underclothes hanging on a clothesline or the sensuous curves and mechanical detail of a full size Ferrari F50 are not the usual subjects of a wood carver. When something in America is described as “wooden” it often has the meaning of being stiff, stilted and ungainly. His work, though carved from wood, is anything but “wooden” in that sense. In addition, the common woods he uses, knots and all, make it clear that he is not trying to disguise the nature of the medium.

 

"Livio De Marchi was born in Venice where, still a child, he worked on ornamental sculpture in the Venetian tradition in the workshop of

a craftsman while he studied art and drawing at the "Accademia di Belle Arti" in Venice. His career starts there, displaying at once an astounding skill in molding materials, transforming them with wit and panache and creating sculptures with perfection of detail and spontaneity. During his artistic evolution he worked first in marble, then bronze, and eventually in wood. However, wood has always been his favorite material because it affords him a vitality which other materials do not."

 

Please enjoy these examples of his work!


Leather Avaitor Jacket

A leather aviator jacket hangs on a wooden hanger, but the jacket and hanger are of the same material.

Book-Based Bed Frame

Like to read in bed? Part of the "Casa di Libri" or "House of Books" series.

Chair of Books

An excellent place to sit and read a book! Part of the "Casa di Libri" or "House of Books" series.

Blowing Bubbles

A piece featuring soap bubbles and a bubble blower rendered in glass, another favorite medium of sculptor De Marchi, demonstrates his versatility as an artist.

Clothes Closet

Wrinkle-free! Part of the "Casa di Libri" or "House of Books" series.

Dinette Set

Ready to eat? Part of the "Casa di Libri" or "House of Books" series.

Place Setting

Close up of the place setting from the dinette set. Part of the "Casa di Libri" or "House of Books" series.

Abito Con Attaccapanni

The wooden coat hanger supports a life size, soft looking dress, also carved from wood.

Drying Dress

Someone just hand washed this dress. Part of the "Casa di Libri" or "House of Books" series.

Ferrari F50 - Venice-style!

A festival is held each year in which vessels of all kinds parade the canals. Livio has produced several such vehicles.

Ferrari F50 (side-view)

A wooden Ferrari F50 navigates the canals of Venice with Livio De Marchi at the wheel (helm?).

Ferrari F50 (front-view)

A wooden Ferrari F50 navigates the canals of Venice with Livio De Marchi at the wheel (helm?).

Ferrari F50 (rear-view)

A wooden Ferrari F50 navigates the canals of Venice with Livio De Marchi at the wheel (helm?).

Ferrari F50 (driver-view!)

A wooden Ferrari F50 navigates the canals of Venice with Livio De Marchi at the wheel (helm?).

Ferrari F50 (interior-view)

A wooden Ferrari F50 navigates the canals of Venice with Livio De Marchi at the wheel (helm?).

Ferrari F50 (top-view)

A wooden Ferrari F50 navigates the canals of Venice with Livio De Marchi at the wheel (helm?).

Fiat Topolino Model A (front-view)

A wooden Fiat Topolino is another of De Marchi's wooden car sculptures.

Fiat Topolino Model A (side-view)

A wooden Fiat Topolino is another of De Marchi's wooden car sculptures.

Front-Room Furniture

Livio seated comfortably in a carved chair. Part of the "Casa di Libri" or "House of Books" series.

Golf Bag

A golf bag and clubs carved from wood include every detail down to the stitching and zippers.

Hat and Bag

A hat and bag carved from wood.

Hat and Jacket

Realistically carving soft subjects like a jacket in a hard material like wood might seem a bit of a contrast visually.

His and Hers Seating

Two beautifully carved sets of clothing, one for the lady and one for the gentleman, stand (sit?) ready; perhaps in a dressing room?

A Dream in Venizia

In a flight of fancy, a pumpkin carriage and four prancing horses swim the streets and canals of Venice, Italy.

Carved Horse

An exaggeratedly detailed horse carving.

Casa di Libri (House of Books)

"Casa di Libri" or "House of Books" series.

Casa di Libri (House of Books)

Close-up view of the siding and a window. Part of the "Casa di Libri" or "House of Books" series.

Library Table

Where better to settle in to read a book? Part of the "Casa di Libri" or "House of Books" series.

Mercedes Seagull

Another entrant in the annual floating parade in a festival in Venice.

Borsetta con Rose (Purse with Rose)

A woman's purse decorated with a rose. The purse is 18 cm x 10 cm x 20 cm high.

Bookish Side Table

Carved side table. Part of the "Casa di Libri" or "House of Books" series.

Went Shopping

Paper shopping bag, folded shirt and umbrella are two more examples of Livio's "slice of life" approach to choice of subject.

Tavolo incompleto (Incomplete Table)

A table with wine glasses and bottle reveals a section of the original block it was carved from yet to be completed.

Table and Cloth

A table with a drawer partially open features a draped tablecloth carved from wood. A second sculpture decorates the tabletop.

Tea Set

Care for a Spot of tea?

Basket of Teddy Bears

At least they LOOK soft and cuddly!

Vespa ecologica

A full size carved wooden scooter looks like it's ready to carry its rider down the road.

Volkswagen Bug

A Volkswagen "Bug" looks quite at home powering its way down the canals of Venice as Mr. De Marchi tips his hat.

 

These photos were taken several years

ago by a friend and customer.

 

Livio uses about 100 different

chisels and other carving tools.

 

They are always on his workbench and

he uses each and every one of them.

 

If just one chisel is missing, he

finds it difficult to work.

 

He uses an old wooden hammer

which is dated "1964."

 

Livio De Marchi at work in his studio.