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LAWRENCE LINCIANO APPEARED ON ITV WESTCOUNTRY NEWS AND PARTOOK IN AN INTERVIEW REGARDING HIS AMAZING ARTWORK.

Editorial / Article, Devon Live

Behind the doors of North Devon's kookiest cottage

Thanks to Danielle Hartwright's unique aesthetic, Myrtle Cottage stops people in their tracks as they first enter Appledore


It's the pristine waterside views and narrow, picturesque lanes that continually draw visitors to Appledore. However, for many who visit this charming fishing village once summer has officially been declared, it may come as a surprise that Appledore also has its own thriving art scene - one that has continually provoked artists to ditch city life and adopt the place as their new home.

Danielle Hartwright is one of those artists who fell head over heels in love with Appledore during a visit back in 1977. Her son had just been born, and she had gone to stay with her mother-in-law across the river in neighboring Instow.

“I looked across at Appledore and I thought ‘that looks really fun and interesting, I must go over there.' I spent a whole afternoon on my own in Appledore and I just thought it was an amazing place. I loved it,” she said.

A few years later, Danielle made the move permanently to Appledore where she now owns and manages holiday lets.

Inspired by Appledore’s art and fishing scene, Danielle uses the properties she manages as a means to encourage visitors to experience and discover local art and freshly caught seafood from Appledore's shores. Most notable of all is her property Mrytle Cottage which constantly stops visitors in their tracks.

“We get photographed on a daily basis," said Danielle. “They take photos, I tell them all about the cottage, then I lead them onto other artists and local galleries,” she said.

With gates wrapped in fishnets and a shark made from driftwood sitting in the garden tree, Mrytle Cottage is the embodiment of Appledore's historic fishing heritage that also showcases a slice of the local art available.

The cottage is impossible to miss. "I am the first thing that people see when they come into the village that makes people go ‘wow, that’s different!’” she said.

Myrtle Cottage is available to rent, but Danielle wants it to be used as more than just a holiday let. She wants the cottage to be a unique experience that offers people a way to immerse themselves in Appledores art scene and explore its fishing heritage.

“It’s a unique opportunity for people to come and explore North Devon and all the art here. Appledore is full of artists. There are workshops in progress, there are people who make jewelry, there are people who do sculptures with copper. There is Sandy Brown who makes sculptures, Jennie Braide who does glass blowing, Maggie Curts who is an amazing potter," said Danielle.

The gates outside Mrtyle Cottage showcase Danielle's love of Appledore's fishing industry, while also giving old fishing gear a new lease of life.

Editorial / Article, North Devon Live June 2021

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/man-dazzled-lightning-now-makes-5556197


Man 'dazzled' by lightning now makes mind-bending art

The art came from a walk in a storm when he was blinded by a flash of lightning in 2009

Creations from a man who found inspiration after being dazzled by a lightning bolt that almost struck him is showcasing his lockdown projects.


British Welsh Italian Lawrence Lloyd Linciano, who creates his work at a secret location in Bideford, is also inviting people to view his creations, which include a genie, an artwork of a female with cigars protruding from her nipples, and a deceased blackbird Lawrence found in a hedge with no legs and painted gold. Often he names his work to include a visual pun.


The 57-year-old bricklayer originally from Neath in South Wales explained: "The art came from a walk in a storm when I was blinded by a flash of lightning in 2009. After that, I suddenly felt inspired to create art and write poetry.


"I had never even thought of writing poetry before that time but overnight felt this inspiration to do so. Something amazing had opened for me, and my self-esteem skyrocketed.


"I know it sounds a bit crazy, but trust me, I know my stuff, I've done my research, and since then, I've been creating all this crazy stuff, writing poetry like a demon, and doing all things arty."


He has now revealed the work he has created during the lockdown and is inviting others to view it.


He said: "Just because you're in lockdown, there's no need to close your mind down. I've been keeping busy and going with the flow.


"This is a private collection I have put together. I will invite a privileged few to come and look at it so long as they get in touch first.


"Those who come and take a look always tell me it's great, and I should get out there and show people. I've tried in the past, but the timing has been wrong.

"People can't go abroad like they used to, so I may find a lot more people with different attitudes coming to the region, so it was time to give it a go."


Lawrence calls his work 'written off and reformed' as he describes the items used in his creations written off and relates them to himself.


"A lot of people back from my home had written me off," he said. "They thought I was a write-off, but then I reformed myself, so they will be in for a shock.


"When I crossed that bridge into England, I became a different kind of guy. I fell in love with England."


He said his inspiration comes at him like 'a flash'. He uses things he finds at charity shops, car boot sales, or even by the riverbank in his pieces.


He explained: "I'll be sitting one minute, and I look at something, and I've got it. I can see it in my mind, and then I try and produce it for real.


"Sometimes it isn't the same, but the idea starts, and I need to do something.


"I've sold a few prints and small pictures but nothing major. But for somebody who likes their mad stuff, it's a nice collection for somebody a bit rich and a bit crazy to add to their collection.


"Come and have a look, and don't be afraid," he added.


To get in touch with Lawrence, you can contact his associate on 07503210879.


Clarke, L. (2021, June 21). Man 'dazzled' by lightning now makes mind-bending art. DevonLive. https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/man-dazzled-lightning-now-makes-5556197. 

BBC DEVON RADIO INTERVIEW

Plus photos of his work!

Editorial/ Article, North Devon Gazette (July 2019)

Scroll down to see photos of artwork


Written off and reformed: addict turned artist had his life transformed by a bolt of lightning 

A Welsh bricklayer is convinced a flash of lightning transformed his life and turned him from a recovering addict into an unusual artist.


Lawrence Linciano had never created any sort of art or writings, but says after his unusual experience on Bideford Quay, inspiration for all remarkable manner of quirky artworks seemed to burst from him.

Just two examples of the self-trained artist's work include taking a crow skeleton, painting it with stone chip and a few other embellishments - call it 'Stone the Crows'.

Paint a fox skeleton gold, pair it with a piece of driftwood that looks like a leaping fox and add chains.

Masks, 3D paintings - three saws in a maritime scene become 'Saw Fish' - these are just a fraction of the artwork collection built up by Lawrence, not to mention a swathe of sculpture, drawings, poetry and spoken word pieces.


He describes his work as 'written off and reformed', drawing parallels with his own journey to remake himself.

His art has now caught the attention of Appledore Cottages owner Danielle Hartwright, who has provided the artist with space to display his work for the first time.

Visitors to the properties at 7 Myrtle Street are welcome to view the artwork by arrangement with Danielle.

Plus there is an open house exhibiting Lawrence's Art for Appledore Summer Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 27-28, as well as another during Appledore Book Festival from September 20-28.



It is hoped that at some point in the future a suitably large venue can be found to display some of the huge art collection in a public exhibition - Lawrence would welcome any gallery or venue that would be interest in promoting and exhibiting his artwork (see below for details).

A British Welsh Italian, Lawrence came to North Devon 10 years ago to attend rehab for a class A drug addiction.

He said: "I was sent there for six months and during that time I was cleaned up and have never touched drugs since.

"The art came from when I went for a walk in a storm and was blinded by a lightning flash - after that I started doing art and writing poetry. I had never written a poem in my life but it was like it opened something up.


"I'm not a trained artist and I am not a fine artist. I can draw a bit but what I do is a one off. It had never been my intention to do it but it has built up and people said I need an exhibition to show it all off."

To find out more about Lawrence and his work, visit www.lllart.co.uk or if you would like to view the works in Appledore, call Danielle on 01237 475189 or email [email protected] or go to www.appledorecottages.net



Gussin, T. (2019). Written off and reformed: addict turned artist had his life transformed by a bolt of lightning. [online] North Devon Gazette. Available at: https://www.northdevongazette.co.uk/news/lawrence-linciano-artist-appledore-1-6170953 [Accessed 27 Jul. 2019].



DEVON LIVE ARTICLE - 21/09/2019

Lawrence Lloyd Linciano is living proof addiction and the misery it creates can be overcome.


British Welsh Italian, Lawrence, also a bricklayer, came to North Devon ten years ago to attend rehab for a class A drug addiction after a decade of dependence.

He said: "It took six months to clean up and I have never touched drugs since and never will.”


"The art came from a walk in a storm when I was blinded by a flash of lightning flash. After that I suddenly felt inspired to create art and write poetry. I had never even thought of writing poetry before that time but overnight felt this inspiration to do so.


“Something amazing had been opened up for me and my self esteem skyrocketed. I've never looked back since. I hope I can inspire others to do the same with their lives. My message to others in the same position is that you can stop that self destruction.”


Lawrence says his art is random, and not planned and describes himself as a self-trained undisciplined maker of Art and Writer of Poetic Tales.


He collects random objects he finds such as dead animal skeletons, car parts, broken furniture, musical instruments and makes them into masks, paintings and sculptures, often combing two or more objects to create an art work as well as a visual pun.


One of his favourites is a recent work', also available as a print, made from three saws and three painted fishes to become 'Saw Fish', a play on Swordfish - a tiny percentage of the art collection he is gradually building. He has also created many sculptures, drawings, poems and spoken word pieces. He also often appears locally in Appledore venues to read his works to audiences.


“Currently I have produced an unique collection of Stone/Concrete Sculptures, pictured, using left over work materials from my job as a skilled and qualified Bricklayer.


“Also I would like to add that the artwork I do constantly changes it direction day to day week to week month after month year after year depending how I feel. And more often than not I like to tell a story, of how a piece of art came to be, in poetry.”

For example, My Golden Fox:

I came across a dead Fox

just it's bones

and dirty brown lox.

The Fox had lost it's life

I skinned it

with a slate knife.

The fox had lost it's heart

I ripped

the bones apart.

I threw away the skin

for the fox

it wasn't in.

The bones I collected

they were cleaned

+ disinfected.

I found a piece of tree

the bones fitted

lovely lovely lovely.

The bones I sprayed gold the wood I sprayed red

the Fox lives again

it has risen from the dead.

This is my golden Fox

chained to a tree

with hearts and locks.

It's spirit is Fox trotting free

but it's bones idol remanes

remains with me.


Currently he is seeking a suitably large venue to display some of his large art collection in a public exhibition - Lawrence would welcome any gallery or venue that would be keen to promote and exhibit his artwork.


He describes his work as 'written off and reformed', drawing parallels with his own journey to remake himself.


His art has now caught the attention of Appledore Cottages owner Danielle Hartwright, who has provided the artist with space to display his work for the first time.


Visitors to the properties at 7 Myrtle Street are welcome to view the artwork by arrangement with Danielle during Appledore Book Festival from September 20-28.


Lightning strikes artist Lawrence Lloyd Linciano

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 BY PRSD


Lawrence Lloyd Linciano is living proof addiction and the misery it creates can be overcome, writes Ray Goldsmith. British/ Welsh/ Italian, Lawrence, also a bricklayer, came to North Devon 10 years ago to attend rehab for a class A drug addiction after a decade of dependence.


He said: “It took six months to clean up and I have never touched drugs since and never will.”


Flash of lightning

“The art came from a walk in a storm when I was blinded by a flash of lightning. After that I suddenly felt inspired to create art and write poetry. I had never even thought of writing poetry before that time but overnight felt this inspiration to do so.


“Something amazing had been opened up for me and my self esteem skyrocketed. I’ve never looked back since. I hope I can inspire others to do the same with their lives. My message to others in the same position is that you can stop that self destruction.”


Maker of art, writer of tales

Lawrence says his art is random, and not planned and describes himself as a self-trained undisciplined maker of Art and Writer of Poetic Tales.


He collects random objects he finds such as dead animal skeletons, car parts, broken furniture, musical instruments and makes them into masks, paintings and sculptures, often combing two or more objects to create an art work as well as a visual pun.


One of his favourites is a recent work, also available as a print, made from three saws and three painted fishes to become ‘Saw Fish’, a play on Swordfish – a tiny percentage of the art collection he is gradually building. He has also created many sculptures, drawings, poems and spoken word pieces. He also often appears in Appledore venues to read his works to audiences.

“Currently I have produced a unique collection of Stone/Concrete Sculptures, pictured, using left over work materials from my job as a skilled and qualified bricklayer,” he says.


“Also I would like to add that the artwork I do constantly changes it direction day to day week to week month after month year after year depending how I feel. And more often than not I like to tell a story, of how a piece of art came to be, in poetry.”

MY GOLDEN FOX.

I came across a dead Fox

just it’s bones

and dirty brown lox.

The Fox had lost it’s life

I skinned it

with a slate knife.

The fox had lost it’s heart

I ripped

the bones apART.

I threw away the skin

for the fox

it wasn’t in.

The bones I collected

they were cleaned

+ disinfected.

I found a piece of tree

the bones fitted

lovely lovely lovely.

The bones I sprayed gold the wood I sprayed red

the Fox lives again

it has risen from the dead.

This is my golden Fox

chained to a tree

with hearts and locks.

It’s spirit is Fox trotting free

but it’s bones idol remanes

remains with me.


Currently Lawrence is seeking a suitably large venue to display some of his large art collection in a public exhibition. Lawrence would welcome any gallery or venue that would be keen to promote and exhibit his artwork.


He describes his work as ‘written off and reformed’, drawing parallels with his own journey to remake himself.


His art has now caught the attention of Appledore Cottages owner Danielle Hartwright, who has provided the artist with space to display his work for the first time.


Visitors to the properties at 7 Myrtle Street are welcome to view the artwork by arrangement with Danielle during Appledore Book Festival to September 28.


If you know of any galleries or venues that would be interested in promoting or exhibiting Lawrence’s artwork please contact:


Danielle Hartwright: 07721630093

(where Lawrence is showing the work)


Artist’s website: https://lllart.co.uk/


Agent’s website: www.appledorecottages.net


Agent’s email: [email protected]


https://www.theprsd.co.uk/2019/09/21/lightning-strikes-artist-lawrence-lloyd-linciano/



Exhibitions

There are any exhibitions that present the art I work on. The upcoming one is in Appledore at the Book Festival located on Myrtle Street.

Pop down and take a look!

APPLEDORE ART EXHIBITION & BOOK FESTIVAL 2019

20-28th September in 7 Myrtle Cottage, Appledore, 

Art will be exhibited!

Please pop down to our open house exhibition/ book festival :)

Photo taken by Raymond Goldsmith

RECOMMENDATIONS

North Devon friend and fabulous Artist & Poet, Lawrence Lloyd Linciano, has produced some fantastic Art work over the last 10 years, and all after literally after being ‘blinded by the Light’ of a lightning flash infront of him, which he felt driven towards during a terrible Bideford storm, and which happened post rehab for a ten year class A drug addiction!

He was a qualified builder in a previous life so all his skills have now led to the brilliant work he produces from items which have all fallen by the wayside, including driftwood, animal skeletons, discarded items from skips etc.

He rebuilds them into something beautiful and this is an incredible parallel to his own life.

He is such an inspiration and deserves every success!

I have his ‘Rock Chic’ piece and it has taken pride of place on the wall of my home music studio!

Rock on Lawrence!!

(He can sing great too)!

If you know of any galleries or venues that would be interested in promoting or exhibiting Lawrence’s artwork please contact:

Danielle Hartwright: 07721630093

(where Lawrence is showing the work)

Artist’s website: https://lllart.co.uk/

Agent’s