Mamma: In the Meantime, Photographs and Paintings by Tony Luciani, August 18 - September 7, Loch Gallery Toronto

Tony Luciani - Internal Reflection


(TORONTO – August 16, 2016) LOCH GALLERY will open a unique exhibition of photography and painting by acclaimed Canadian artist Tony Luciani on August 18, on view until September 7. MAMMA: In the Meantime will feature 20 photographs and 2 new paintings that powerfully narrate the daily life of mother and son, and the experience of living with dementia.

MAMMA: In the Meantime opens on Thursday, August 18th, from 6-8pm at Loch Gallery in Toronto. Tony Luciani and his mother Elia will be in attendance.

"I think the photos are terrific and will give viewers a new perspective on aging," says gallery owner, David Loch. "Tony's story is of tremendous importance because it bridges the gap between generations and sheds light on the one reality we cannot escape from."

Tony Luciani - Struggling Within Your Self Tony Luciani - I'm Not Half the Person I Used To Be
Tony Luciani - Portrait of an Old Lady Tony Luciani - Skateboarding

In 2014 when she was ninety-one and unable to look after herself any longer, Elia moved in with Tony, and the collaboration of artist/son and elderly mother/model took them on a pictorial voyage of humour and of reflection. While Elia dealt with dementia and old age, her son became her full-time caregiver and began to include Mamma in his art practice. Elia’s feelings of aging and memory loss were instrumental in deciding the directions this series was going.

“I hope this project with my mom will encourage others to truly see and develop compassion for their elders and not ignore, abandon or shut them out,” says Luciani. “We need to really hear them, not only for what they were, but who they are now. They are who we all will eventually become.”

Through social media, Tony and Elia have found a dedicated audience for their photographs, which are being shared by hundreds of thousands of viewers. The images have connected mother and son with other caregivers and families establishing a global community of support. Together, Tony and Elia have created unforgettable stories about dealing with aspects of frailty and aging, while holding onto childhood dreams.

About Loch Gallery:
Loch Gallery has been family owned and operated since 1972 with locations in Winnipeg, Toronto and Calgary. The Loch Gallery specializes exclusively in Canadian and European historical works of significance and established contemporary artists, with an emphasis on painting and sculpture.

For media inquiries, images or interview requests please contact:
Alan Loch
Loch Gallery
16 Hazelton Avenue
Toronto, ON M5R 2E2
Phone: (416) 319-7903

~ Making Forgetting Memorable ~

Mamma: In the Meantime
Photographs and Paintings by Tony Luciani
August 18 – September 7, 2016
Reception: Thursday, August 18th, 6-8pm

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