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November 21 - Decemberr 19, 2018

 
 
installation view - front gallery
 
 
installation view - front gallery
 
 
installation view - front gallery
 
 
installation view - front gallery
 
 
installation view - back gallery
 
 
installation view - back gallery
 
Marie Le Lievre’s practice is a poetry both personal and universal – a layering of drawing into painting that is delicately and determinedly interwoven. Both disciplines, drawing and painting that is, require touch. Le Lievre’s mode of painting involves pouring and paddling – a sensitivity to touch and viscosity – as medium is tipped and bled into oil paint creating lightness like lichen-creep across shimmering darkness.

Here in this new body of work, this signature filigree is often echoed by fine charcoal lines “scribbled” onto the oil paint. Drawing quite literally joins painting. And Le Lievre’s hand very obviously inscribes and animates her painted fields. A sense of movement and fluidity pervade both forms of mark-making, so the paintings seem almost to speak with one mind.

In Char Stoked (Notes) for example, a rich Madonna-like blue is heavily rendered with variously angled and rubbed charcoal lines. The whole is then plugged with a resonant magenta. In High (Notes), a similar energy of line and tone is busy like a thought-bubble, and connected tentacle-like to the painterly field below – an area typically duck egg blue beneath sensuous shades of darker blues and blacks.
 
But in the majestic title work of the show, the colour sense is different and there is plenty of it. Rarely has Le Lievre attempted to bleed and merge so many layers of crimson, yellow, orange and greeny blue. As she herself would have it, “this really was easy hard”! And one wonders whether we’ll ever see the likes of it again.
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Selected works

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Easy Hard (Slipping)

 

High (Notes)

 

Luck (Notes)

 

Found (Easy Hard)

 
 

Char Stoked (Notes)
      Paint (Notes)

 

Sage’s (Table)
      Dog Tamer’s (Table)

 

Mermaid’s (Table)
      Stoner (Table)

 

Nick Namer (Table)
      Clementine (Table)

 

Works on paper

 

Fallow (Easy Hard)
      Day Sure (Easy Hard)

 

Hedgerow (Easy Hard)
      Orange Trench (Easy Hard)

 

PInk Stream (Easy Hard)
      Afternoon (Easy Hard)

 

List of works

Easy Hard (Slipping)     oil on canvas     1780 x 1580mm     $20,000
High (Notes)     oil & charcoal on canvas     1800 x 1650mm     $17,200
Luck (Notes)     oil & charcoal on canvas     1800 x 1650mm     $17,200
Found (Easy Hard)     oil & graphite on unstretched canvas    1500 x 1500mm     $9800
Char Stoked (Notes)     oil & charcoal on canvas     1010 x 1010mm     $7200
Paint (Notes)     oil & graphite on canvas     800 x 800mm     $6000
Sage’s (Table)     oil & charcoal on canvas     760 x 760mm     $5800
Dog Tamer’s (Table)     oil on canvas     900 x 900mm     $6500
Mermaid’s (Table)     oil & graphite on canvas     1010 x 1010mm     $7200
Stoner (Table)    oil & charcoal on canvas     760 x 760mm     $5800
Nick Namer (Table)     oil on canvas     510 x 510mm     $4000
Clementine (Table)     oil on canvas     510 x 510mm     $4000
Hail Noted (Easy Hard)     oil & charcoal on canvas     1150 x 1150mm     $7500
Fallow (Easy Hard)     oil & graphite on paper     760 x 560mm     $3000
Day Sure (Easy Hard)     oil & graphite on paper     760 x 560mm     $3000
Hedgerow (Easy Hard)     oil & graphite on paper     760 x 560mm     $3000
Orange Trench (Easy Hard)     oil & graphite on paper     760 x 560mm     $3000
Pink Stream (Easy Hard)     oil & graphite on paper     760 x 560mm     $3000
Afternoon (Easy Hard)     oil & graphite on paper     760 x 560mm     $3000

All works are from 2018
Prices include GST