The simple apple has become over the centuries almost totemic. In Trois Pommes Worton Marie has painted a trinity of apples, symmetrically place in a bowl in the centre of the canvas. While painted in almost flat colour, they have a strong sense of three-dimensionality and place, and challenge the viewer to consider their presence.
Marie has an intention: ‘Each picture should become a visual poem’. She draws upon influences as eclectic as the Japanese Wabi Sabi philosophy that there is beauty in imperfection, and the observational approach of such painters as Cézanne and Morandi.
‘My inspiration comes from things observed... I am interested in the evolving relationship between shapes, colour and texture ... I enjoy playing with the compositional and material elements of a painting until they resolve themselves in ways that are difficult to predict. ‘‘
Marie was born in France and studied graphic design at L’Ecole Supérieure des Arts Modernes in Paris. She grew up in a house full of archaeological artefacts (her father is a collector) and developed a taste for what is sometimes called ‘primitive art’. This is reflected in her painting. She worked in advertising before moving to Oxford where she took up painting and studied under the tuition of Prue Pardue RA and developed strong links with St Ives School of art. She has exhibited extensively in and around Oxford and further afield.
More of this talented artist's works are on display in our lovely Burford Art Gallery.
Dimensions (approximate): Image: H:51cm, W:51cm, D:54m
Oil paint on canvas
Framed: Unframed canvas on stretcher with attachments for hanging
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