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Somewhere on this forum we had a discussion about the artist behind the large artworks in the Lido.  I now can't  find it, and because I can't remember his name, I cant search for it!  Help!



« Last Edit: Jul 23, 2019, 10:27 AM by Lynda Bradford »
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Lifestyle Murals:  Giancarlo Impiglia (Heritage Trail)
« Reply #1 on: Jun 10, 2018, 03:13 PM »
The murals were commissioned in 1994 from Giancarlo Impiglia

Cunard’s Chairman, John Olsen, was so impressed with seeing Impiglia’s work on the office wall of a key travel agent, he had three murals commissioned - 'Lifestyle I' and 'Lifestyle II' hung in the Lido while the 'Regatta' hung behind the bar in the Pavilion.

The murals were colourful and captured the spirit of contemporary life on board QE2.

According to Impiglia: “My concept with these pieces is to stir the curiosity of the passengers”.

While lecturing on board (15 June – 2 July 2008) the artist re-touched the paintings.
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« Reply #2 on: Aug 23, 2019, 09:40 AM »
Giancarlo Impiglia, the QE2 Lifestyle Murals artist sent a message to say he was pleased to see that the murals were mentioned in the July newsletter.

We were delighted that such a renowned artist, whose artwork was part of the QE2's Heritage Trail, had taken time to write to us and even more delighted when he followed this up with additional information about the murals on QE2 and his artwork on other Cunard ships. 

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I am very proud of my QE2 murals and being the only Italian artist invited to create paintings for all 4 Queens. I've loved crossing the ocean in the company of my art works.

In 2010 a book was published in the UK "Paintings for the Queens and Collected Works."
The book can be found on my website. It contains reproductions of all the works I created for the Queens.

My story about the QE2 is quite long and I wish it could be told to guests visiting the ship.
It began in 1993 when the QE2 was docked on the Hudson River in New York and was in bad disrepair. At the time, Cunard had its head quarter in New York City on 5th Avenue and the new Cunard CO, John Olsen, was looking to bring the QE2 back to her original beauty. He was looking for new ideas and new art.

One day he saw one of my paintings hanging over the desk of Sue Shapiro, the president of a travel agency. He loved my style. At the time, I was having a show of my paintings in the Rizzoli Gallery on 5th Avenue, just across the street from Cunard's headquarter.

Mr. Olsen went to see my show and was so impressed that he asked his secretary to find me. She called me and set an appointment in Mr. Olsen's office.

Soon after the meeting I was hard at work on the murals for the QE2. About 6 months later they were picked up by Cunard movers from my downtown studio on Grand Street and delivered to, I believe, Hamburg, where they were installed in the Lido Restaurant.

After the retirement of the QE2, I was commissioned by Cunard, in 2003, to create 4 large paintings for the Queen Mary 2 on the theme of entertainment. The 4 paintings are permanently installed on Staircase B Across the Royal Court Theatre entrances.

In 2007 I was invited to paint the "Portrait of Queen Victoria as a Young Woman" which is now is gracing a wall of the Queens Room of the Queen Victoria.

In 2010 I was commissioned again to create 3 paintings for the new Queen Elizabeth. They are installed on the landing on deck 9. Also two other works are gracing the walls of the corridors giving access to the Royal Court Theatre entrance.

A long trail of commissions of paintings and dozens of voyages on the 4 ships are my legacy with Cunard. Additionally, as you might know I have been a speaker for Cunard ships since the completion of my murals in 1994, and I occasionally travel on board the 3 ships presenting topics on art and art history. This has given me the opportunity to see my painting again and again, which is always a pleasure.

Giancarlo and his wife enjoyed their visit to QE2 in Dubai last year:

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We were invited by the person who restored the ship and built the QE2 Museum. We spent an afternoon on board and I was received with great honor by the representative of the Arab Emirates. I was quite impressed with the work that was being done for the ship.

We had a tour of the entire ship that at the moment was not completely finished.
The Lido was still under restoration. They were installing a beautiful marble floor and my large murals were not yet re-installed. However, some of my original prints were back on the wall freshly reframed. The entire Lido was at one point decorated with a series of my original silkscreen prints (20 of them), all beautifully framed and hung on the partitions separating the tables.

You can find out more about the artist and details of his books and artwork for sale on his website

Giancarlo has said he will look for digital images, when he has time and I will post these when I receive them. 

In the meantime, if would be good to hear your memories of the murals in the Lido.

I have attached photos of the posters on display in the Crystal Bar.  I just love these colourful posters so I was pleased to see them on display when I visited the ship in March of this year. 

1) "Guests" (c) 1986
2) "An evening to remember" (c) 1988
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Re: Lifestyle Murals:  Giancarlo Impiglia (Heritage Trail)
« Reply #3 on: Aug 23, 2019, 06:36 PM »
What a wonderful surprise, that Giancarlo Impiglia got in touch and told us some of the back story of his QE2 Lido murals! I always liked those -- they were of a freshness and difference that went very well with the Lido atmosphere.

As it happens, I caught one of these pictures in my Lido memories. I am grateful to Giancarlo for having provided the information that this picture is called "At the Bar" and dates from 1987.



If you click the photo above, you can get to my original ("Lido art") in Flickr, where it can be enlarged to show more detail.

Excellent news, Lynda, thanks to your recent Newsletter. The Heritage Trail is such a promising series :) .
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Re: Lifestyle Murals:  Giancarlo Impiglia (Heritage Trail)
« Reply #4 on: Aug 23, 2019, 07:43 PM »
Likewise, we enjoyed these murals back in the day and I'm glad Dubai have retained them. Does anyone know if Giancarlo also created the "Olive people" paintings elsewhere onboard (Chart Room?).
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Re: Lifestyle Murals:  Giancarlo Impiglia (Heritage Trail)
« Reply #5 on: Aug 27, 2019, 01:40 AM »
It is great to hear from Giancarlo Impiglia and to read first hand about his magnificent artwork, The Lifestyle murals. I have always enjoyed them and have found the murals especially refreshing !
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Re: Lifestyle Murals:  Giancarlo Impiglia (Heritage Trail)
« Reply #6 on: Aug 29, 2019, 06:30 PM »
I'm overjoyed that Giancarlo Impiglia got in touch - how fantastic!!

One of the first things I remember discussing with Isabelle on Flickr (before the forum existed) was his pictures I think, and we've discussed them here many times.  I agree - his images defined the Lido - and its light, airy fresh style.  I didn't realise he'd done some for the other Cunard ships afterwards too, that's great.
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Re: Lifestyle Murals:  Giancarlo Impiglia (Heritage Trail)
« Reply #7 on: Aug 30, 2019, 06:57 AM »
So great to read that the artist contacted the Forum. Many thanks to him, and congratulations for his work.

I love Giancarlo's artwork on board QE2 and the other Cunard Queens.

And this QE2 bar menu from 1995 is one that I keep very preciously.
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« Reply #8 on: Aug 30, 2019, 09:50 AM »
So great to read that the artist contacted the Forum. Many thanks to him, and congratulations for his work.

I love Giancarlo's artwork on board QE2 and the other Cunard Queens.

And this QE2 bar menu from 1995 is one that I keep very preciously.


Fantastic to see the QE2 bar menu with Giancarlo Impiglia's artwork, which is certainly a treasure.  Do you know if these were available for a limited time?  Looking at my bar menu from 1997 it has a lovely picture of wine bottles - nice but not so good. 

Does anyone else have a bar menu with Giancarlo's artwork?
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Re: Lifestyle Murals:  Giancarlo Impiglia (Heritage Trail)
« Reply #9 on: Aug 30, 2019, 10:46 AM »
Hi Lynda,

Well, if I remember well, it comes from my cabin directory back in 1995 along with some stationery and postcards – as I don't see myself stealing it from one of the bars!

When I returned in 1998 the bar menus were definitely different, so they may have been there for a relatively short time.

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« Reply #10 on: Aug 30, 2019, 11:42 PM »
Such beautiful murals! Love the vibrant feeling they radiate!

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« Reply #11 on: Sep 02, 2019, 10:16 AM »
Giancarlo Impiglia has given me some information on the bar menu that QE2 Forever posted last week.  How appropriate that these bar menus were placed in the Lido. 

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Eventually a Bar Menu was produced for every table in the Lido.
The Image is a detail of the "Mural Life Style I"



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« Reply #12 on: Sep 03, 2019, 09:53 AM »
When I was looking at the photos in the August competition,  "Colour Green" I noticed Cunarder Man's picture "Cool Lido"  where you can see the Giancarlo Impiglia's art work has been used for the bar menu.  Not as colourful as the bar menu that QE2Forever posted but excellent to see the Mural art in the bar menu. 

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« Reply #13 on: Sep 04, 2019, 09:54 AM »
Giancarlo Impiglia has sent images of his three limited Edition Serigraphs that were part of the collection sold to Cunard for the Decor of the Lido Restaurant.

This one is entitled "Guests" copyright (c) 1986 - is a print I particularly like.  I know everyone has there own interpretation of works of art, but for me it is not just the elegance of the couple that stands out, but little details, like the placement of the man's fingers on the bannister, and the woman's fingers of her right hand and around the cocktail glass.  To me they look like they have just arrived at the occasion and waiting to be introduced or included in the company.  I may be completely wrong - perhaps the artist will enlighten me.   
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« Reply #14 on: Sep 04, 2019, 03:38 PM »
Some of the magnificent works by Giancarlo Impiglia which were displayed on QE2, as I recall, in The Lido. I had the pleasure of meeting him on QM2 and he has a number of great pieces there too.

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« Reply #15 on: Sep 05, 2019, 08:10 PM »
And how many walked past barely noticing these.....
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

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« Reply #16 on: Sep 08, 2019, 10:16 AM »
"An evening to remember" (c) 1988 is part of the cafe society limited edition serigraphs.  These framed serigraphs adorned the walls of the Lido restaurant.

The image of people enjoying cocktails, the waiter standing with the tray of champagne, and the pianist are not just of a bygone age but also what we came to expect when cruising with Cunard.

Notice the woman with the blue dress, empty glass in hand, looking towards the waiter, another glass of champagne perhaps!

I like how your eyes are drawn toward the pianist and the people gather around the piano because the diamond shaped, black and white floor covering, leads you in that direction. 





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« Reply #17 on: Nov 07, 2019, 10:25 AM »
When George C Griffiths visited QE2 in Dubai last weekend he took time to take photos of Giancarlo Impiglia's Lifestyle I and Lifestyle II murals.  Unfortunately he could not see the Regatta mural on display.
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