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Front gallery - installation view



Under High

Feb 24 - Mar 25, 2017

 
 
Front gallery - installation view
 
 
Front gallery - installation view
 
 
Back gallery - installation view
 
Under High is some body of work! Paintings from the series Stacked, Marked and Paraphernalia reveal different aspects of Marie Le Lievre’s current research, alongside a suite of smaller works on paper and three painted photographs even.

The Paraphernalia works are based loosely upon the notion of still life, painted often from an aerial view looking down on tabletops with objects placed thereupon. Euphoric Tray #2 is a good example. The viewpoint is elevated, yet the painted space curiously flattened by Le Lievre’s poured colours and intuitive graphite line. The latter is both descriptive and wonderfully organic – qualities of line that are explored further in the suite of paintings on paper. On her typically very light blue ground, oil is laid down, and around the fringes of those layers Le Lievre goes to work with her pencil, coaxing from her imaginary forms, alternately whimsical and considered, from the referential to the meandering and more abstract. The effect is a conjured tracery with magical aspects – references to Asian shrine patterning, plant detail, and items both medical and domestic abound. The feeling is playful, enigmatic and gently uplifting or healing.
 
Clinic of Calm
   Fortune (Table)    Creature Comfort

The single big Seven Stacked painting is different. It’s like Stonehenge – broad, muscly and nicely off balance. You can see history beneath its layers. Glimpse greens and blues within. Seeing really is believing in this substantial presence. It’s a terrific work.

In the back gallery, Le Lievre attempts something different. Three biggish dark paintings, two of them marked or scarified paintings, enclose the space. No gallery lighting on. The mood is quiet, contemplative, votive even. The works are essentially black colour field paintings in Le Lievre’s distinct manner – poured, paddled by hand, left to dry, then layered in oil paint again. And all three are finished with pours from each side, which depending on temperature and viscosity, filter towards the centre emulsion-like, their feathered forms lichen or anemone like against the black.
The room has a brooding intensity. T’is Rothko like perhaps. And in Marked (Before), the black skin of the painting feels tensile or stretched. The modulations across its darkness suggest light shimmering and glowing from within. The deep scratches down through its centre also allow light through. This beautiful painting simmers with hope from a heart of darkness.
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Marked (Before) & Marked (After)
 
 

Selected works

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Under High (Volumes)

 

Seven (Stacked)

 

Wait Still

 

Marked (Before)

 

Marked (After)

 

Critics (Table)

 

Euphoric Tray #2
      Be (Water)

 

Paint Shadower (Violet)
    Paint Shadower (Jasmine) 

 

Little Prick (Tabled)
    Grey May Seem Yellow

 

Cooker (Tray)
    Clinic of Calm 

 

Creature Comfort
    She (Remedy)

 

 

List of works


Under High (Volumes), 2017
oil on canvas    1655 x 3010mm    $24,000

Seven (Stacked), 2016
oil on canvas    1950 x 1950mm    $19,200

Wait Still, 2016
oil on canvas    1800 x 1650mm    $16,500    

Marked (Before), 2017
oil on canvas    1900 x 1650mm    $17,500

Marked (After), 2017
oil on canvas    1800 x 1600mm    $16,500

Critics (Table), 2017
oil on canvas    1020 x 1020mm    $6500

Euphoric Tray #2, 2017
oil & graphite on canvas    455 x 455mm    $3100

Euphoric Tray (Magenta), 2017
oil & graphite on canvas    900 x 900mm    $5500

Be (Water), 2017
oil on inkjet print    330 x 410mm fr    image 265 x 340mm    $1500

Paint Shadower (Violet), 2017
oil on inkjet print    760 x 560mm fr    image 200 x 300mm    $1875

Paint Shadower (Jasmine), 2017
oil on inkjet print    760 x 560mm fr    image 200 x 300mm    $1875

Little Prick (Tabled), 2016
oil, graphite & acrylic on paper    760 x 560mm    $2800

Grey May Seem Yellow, 2017
oil, graphite & acrylic on paper    760 x 560mm    $2800

Clinic of Calm, 2016
oil, graphite & acrylic on paper    760 x 560mm    $2800

Fortune (Table), 2016
oil, graphite & acrylic on paper    760 x 560mm    $2800

Cooker (Tray), 2016
oil, graphite & acrylic on paper    760 x 560mm    $2800

Creature Comfort, 2016
oil, graphite & acrylic on paper    760 x 560mm    $2800

She (Remedy), 2016
oil, graphite & acrylic on paper    760 x 560mm    $2800


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