Luca Barcellona

Luca Barcellona (Milan, Italy), born in 1978, is a name that represents a touchstone for the world of modern calligraphy. Working as a freelance graphic designer and calligrapher, letters are the main component of his creations. The goal of his work is to promote the coexistence of the manual skills present in ancient art forms such as calligraphy with the languages and tools of the digital age. His lettering has been requested by many leading brands in the fashion, clothing, music and publishing industries (such as Nike, Absolut, Pirelli, Universal, Wall Street English, Carhartt and Mondadori). Since 2007 Luca has been teaching calligraphy through the Italian Calligraphy Association. He holds workshops and conferences all over the world, and his works have been exhibited in numerous galleries.

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  • TYPS_04
     500,00

    “Luca Barcellona shatters the boundaries as he blends his street sensibility with fine penmanship.”
    — Letter Arts Review

    For Luca Barcellona, Italian graphic designer and calligrapher, letters are the building blocks of his creations. From Carolingian to tags, from the quill to the spray can, Barcellona takes the age-old craft of lettering to new heights with the inventiveness and talent of a contemporary virtuoso. His striking, expressive, and original letterforms and compositions open onto uncharted territory, laying the foundations of a new writing style.

    Take Your Pleasure Seriously (a quote by the designers Charles and Ray Eames) serves as a leitmotif for Barcellona who turned his passion into a way of life, first as a graffiti artist and then as a professional calligrapher. His production spans a broad spectrum from the reproduction of a world globe from 1569 to brand identities, book covers, ad campaigns, and performances.

    This beautifully designed artist book features hundreds of drawings made over the last decade including commissioned work (Carhartt, Dolce & Gabbana, Nike, Red Bull, Universal, etc.), personal projects, performances, and many never-seen-before work. The book will fascinate and inspire anybody who works with letters or is interested in how they look.

    Contributors: Charles “Chaz” Bojórquez legendary urban artist from Los Angeles, began his career in the Chicano scene of the late 1960s and over the years shifted successfully from street to gallery artist; Giovanni De Faccio is a professional calligrapher, typeface designer (his most well-known is Rialto DF), and founding member of the Italian Calligraphic Association. He is internationally renowned for his teaching and dedication to the promotion of calligraphy. He teaches calligraphy and type design at the New Design University in St. Pölten, Austria; Nicola “Dee Mo” Peressoni debuted in the late eighties as an illustrator of European hardcore punk covers, posters, and fanzines, and went on to work in hip hop, becoming a pioneering figure in Italian graffiti and rap. His writing has been published in Max, Rumore, and Rolling Stone Italy.

    Text by Luca Barcellona, Giovanni De Faccio and Nicola “Dee Mo” Peressoni
    Interview by Chaz Bojórquez
    Book design Pitis

    Collector’s Limited Edition of 50 copies
    Each book signed, numbered, and personalized by the artist with the purchaser’s name
    Includes an original work by the artist on cotton paper 16 × 18 cm (6 ¼ × 7”).
    Housed in an embossed clothbound clamshell box
    19 × 27 cm (7 ½ × 10 ½”)
    224 + 32 pages
    Over 400 color plates.
    Clothbound with poster jacket.
    English / Italian
    First published November 2012

  • TYPS_04 Out of Stock
     68,00

    “Luca Barcellona shatters the boundaries as he blends his street sensibility with fine penmanship.”
    — Letter Arts Review

    For Luca Barcellona, Italian graphic designer and calligrapher, letters are the building blocks of his creations. From Carolingian to tags, from the quill to the spray can, Barcellona takes the age-old craft of lettering to new heights with the inventiveness and talent of a contemporary virtuoso. His striking, expressive, and original letterforms and compositions open onto uncharted territory, laying the foundations of a new writing style.

    Take Your Pleasure Seriously (a quote by the designers Charles and Ray Eames) serves as a leitmotif for Barcellona who turned his passion into a way of life, first as a graffiti artist and then as a professional calligrapher. His production spans a broad spectrum from the reproduction of a world globe from 1569 to brand identities, book covers, ad campaigns, and performances.

    This beautifully designed artist book features hundreds of drawings made over the last decade including commissioned work (Carhartt, Dolce & Gabbana, Nike, Red Bull, Universal, etc.), personal projects, performances, and many never-seen-before work. The book will fascinate and inspire anybody who works with letters or is interested in how they look.

    Contributors: Charles “Chaz” Bojórquez legendary urban artist from Los Angeles, began his career in the Chicano scene of the late 1960s and over the years shifted successfully from street to gallery artist; Giovanni De Faccio is a professional calligrapher, typeface designer (his most well-known is Rialto DF), and founding member of the Italian Calligraphic Association. He is internationally renowned for his teaching and dedication to the promotion of calligraphy. He teaches calligraphy and type design at the New Design University in St. Pölten, Austria; Nicola “Dee Mo” Peressoni debuted in the late eighties as an illustrator of European hardcore punk covers, posters, and fanzines, and went on to work in hip hop, becoming a pioneering figure in Italian graffiti and rap. His writing has been published in Max, Rumore, and Rolling Stone Italy.

    Text by Luca Barcellona, Giovanni De Faccio and Nicola “Dee Mo” Peressoni
    Interview by Chaz Bojórquez
    Book design Pitis

    19 × 27 cm (7 ½ × 10 ½”)
    224 + 32 pages
    Over 400 full-color illustrations
    Clothbound with poster jacket
    English/Italian
    Isbn 978-88-98030-00-2
    First published November 2012