Melding the inspiration of the rich diversity of European art, history and culture with her New Zealand roots and the cultures of the Pacific, Fountain uses the female form, plant life and the animal kingdom, often in states of metamorphosis, to explore themes of fertility, womanhood, conflict, change and growth.
Marian Fountain is a member of the New Zealand Medallion Group and has designed and made medals for the 1988 XIV Commonwealth Games, the 2003 America’s Cup and for the Friends of Birmingham Museums in 2007.
Fountain has exhibited at the British Museum, The National Gallery of Scotland, the Museo Archeologico of Milan, York Museum, Auckland Museum and the French Mint.
Fountain’s large scale commissions include ‘The Earth Remembers’ (2017). This bronze monument is dedicated to the memory of the NZ Tunnelling Company for their work in the underground quarries of Arras, France, during the First World War.
Her works have been displayed at the New Zealand Embassy in both Paris and London and are held in the British Museum and Smithsonian Museum collections. She exhibits regularly in Europe and has kept a continuous presence in the New Zealand art world.