Lorri, born in Australia in 1927, studied sculpture at Technical College in Melbourne, and exhibited there and in London, before moving to Roma in 1955, where she began to paint. She has married to the writer B. R. Whiting. She has been living in Orbetello since 1992.
Born in Australia but an inhabitant of Italy for the past fifty years, she has worked principally of the sea (she is a passionate sailor) which are astonishly powerful and evocative and quite unlike that of any other artist one can think of. Words are often inadequate to describe the emotions or explain the power of visual art and Lorri is the first to believe her work should speak for itself, rather than be wrapped up in mystifying language, as it was when she first exhibited in London in 1961. Trained as a sculptor, much influenced by futurists and the ideas of Buckminster Fuller, her work has remained consistent in both its themes and methods. Unlike the collage of, say, Kurt Schwitters, with his use of found objects, or the Czech artist Jiri Kolar, with his playful reworking of photographs, Lorri remains, like so many twentieth century painters, concerned with the ambiguity of the painting as both object and window. Paper is first painted or printed, then torn into triangular strips, the reassembled, to produce jagged images at once abstract in their appeal and discernably figurative in their content, arresting the eye by the surface texture, then drawing the viewer inwards, perhaps towards a boat dwarfed by a huge sky or a flock of flying seabirds, yet also conveying through the uninhibited use of colour (principally blues and reds) a raw emotional power. Lorri’s work is demonstrably the product of great thought and feeling, harnessed to a technique sufficiently adaptable to convey just what she wishes us to see and feel, without the onlooker ever thinking he is being manipulated, and surely that is what we both desire and expect of the best art. Michael Estorick (Chairman, Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London)