Marie Robinson's area of artistic practice is painting, underpinned by close observational drawing. Marie has a continuing engagement with thematic collections and is inspired by the history and associations inherent in ordinary objects and materials. Marie's subjects are commonplace items particularly from the domestic environment. Some she chooses because they hold a personal significance, others she collects from jumble sales or charity shops which have a history unknown to her.
Marie is interested in the arrangement, combination and repetition of these familiar items and the narrative, atmosphere or resonances which can be evoked by the considered choices of subject and composition. She particularly enjoys using groups of objects which have a common purpose but a variety of design and character and she plays on their anthropomorphic qualities. She also enjoys using collections of natural found objects she collects on daily walks. I work from a contemporary perspective rooted in the tradition of realistic still life painting. Painting directly from
Marie works from a contemporary perspective rooted in the tradition of realistic still life painting. Painting directly from life, she employs a representational style to evoke the qualities of the subject which first attracted my attention, without losing the physicality of oil paint on a flat surface. The use of a minimal background with soft, directional light ensures the emphasis of the painting focuses uncompromisingly on the subjects and their relationships.
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