Artists

Loren Marks

Midnight Constellation, 2023, oil on canvas, 1510mm x 1800mm

Biography

Marks is an artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Her artworks present ethereal and dreamlike scenes whereby figures emerge from the alchemic realms of paint.

Marks has an intuitive and meditative relationship with paint and describes the time spent in her Te Atatu studio as ritualistic.

The artist discusses how her figures reveal themselves to her while she works the canvas. Rather than alluding to specific characters the forms appear ambiguous and free of a fixed identity.

‘Figures coagulate as fragments of sculpture or restless spirits, momentarily visible through a fracture in the veil. An ethereal hand reaches up from moss-green depths, while the features of a face become apparent in the absent space Marks carves from her paint. Under the power of Marks’ spell, paint is alchemical, oscillating between liquid and solid, transparent, and opaque, invoking figure and form.’ - Maya Love

 

BIOGRAPHY

LIVES: Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

EDUCATION: BFA Whitecliffe College of Art and Design (2012)

AWARDS: Top student award Whitecliffe College of Art and Design (2010); George Pearce first year scholarship recipient (2008)

COLLECTIONS: The Arts House Trust, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

EXHIBITIONS: 'Contemporary Figurative' curated by Dr Julian McKinnon, Webbs, Wellington (2023); Paint Like a Girl, group exhibition, The Tuesday Club as part of Artweek, Auckland (2023); Across a Crowded Room, group exhibition, Broker Galleries, Queenstown, online (2023); 'Here and There', Sanderson Contemporary, Auckland, (2023); In a Sense, Daily Bread Ponsonby, Auckland (2022);  Lucida, Newmarket, Auckland (2021); Small Sorks Art Show, Bruswick Street Gallery , Fitzroy, VIC, Australia (2021)

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY: Lines, Alice. 'A Trip to artist Loren Marks' Te Atatu Auckland Studio' in Homestyle Magazine, 2023, https://homestyle.co.nz/nz-artist-loren-marks/; Denizen Interview - 'Loren Marks speaks to us about her mesmerising abstract works in her new exhibition 'Here and There', Feb 2023, https://www.thedenizen.co.nz/culture/loren-marks-is-the-abstract-artist-behind-these-mesmerising-works/

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