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Abstracted Love

April 29th 5:00-7:30pm
Artist Meredith Marsone - Abstracted Love

The benevolence of messy love: Abstracting from real-world relationships

Over the past 12 months, Meredith Marsone has exploded onto the international art scene with her unique mixture of refined portraiture and abstract art. She is showing this entirely new body of work for one night only prior to shipping it to Sydney's Friends of Leon Gallery for an opening May 26th.

Hailing from a small wintery coastal town in New Zealand, Marsone captures intimate moments in human relationships, and depicts them in delicate but evocative artworks laced with cool icy tones.  She observes how we connect to each other through our body language – her paintings capture an intimate glance, a blush, or the slightest touch of skin.

Her latest body of work is titled ABSTRACTED LOVE. Her collection depicts love and loss, with her characters frozen in a moment of time – an embrace, a hug, losing a loved one or holding onto a fragile love. 

Within her visually arresting paintings, the characters seem to appear and disappear amongst her dripping thick oil paints of pastel blues, washed out ochres and lashings of silver foiling. Her realistic detailed figures are juxtaposed against areas of gestural abstract brush strokes applied with a palette knife to board.

"I love translating the dance between people into my work, which for me is about being courageous with the juxtaposed elements of figurative and gestural. The unique point of tension for me is risking the whole piece with the palette knife. After I've poured myself into rendering the figures I add the impasto, often with a knot in my stomach. Being vulnerable, like in good, genuine relationships, makes for better art and better love." Meredith Marsone

Meredith has exhibited extensively throughout New Zealand and is currently working with galleries in New York, San Francisco and Illinois.

Earlier Event: 22 April
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Later Event: 29 April
XCHC Friday - Chirny Presents