ABOUT MARLENE KINGDON
I am a contemporary visual artist working and living in Adelaide. My work is predominantly oil painting on hard supports or canvas but I also work with waste plastic and with textiles. I find different approaches make for livelier work. Both entries for this show began with drawing and small plastic iterations before being painted at a larger scale.
My subject matter moves between figuration, portraiture and large scale non representational paintings exploring colour.
The two works I have entered are both painted in a kind of painterly shorthand exploiting the decisive mark and flashes of colour which allows great expression and liveliness across the picture plane and which gives just enough information about likeness and subject matter.
During COVID I have been making smaller works exploring people painted without contexts with brightly coloured backgrounds which give no clues about who they are,where they live or what their hopes and dreams might be. These two paintings are bigger and reinstate context allowing for a more narrative reading. They express my hope for a future where we can once again mingle freely, enjoy ourselves and travel without fear.
2013 Graduated from Adelaide Central School of Art in Fine art.
1977-2005 Many different roles in education in South Australia in R-12 schools and regional teams.
AWARDS AND EXHIBITIONS
2019 CHROMA Solo show Dentons Fisher Jeffries
2019 FINALIST Hahndorf Academy Adelaide Hills Landscape Prize
2019 Finalist in the Lethbridge Artprize
2018 Finalist in the Adelaide Parklands Prize
2018 Finalist Fleurieu art prize
2018 WINNER EMMA HACK ARTPRIZE
For other exhibitions go to my website.