Marie Le Lievre’s painting plays on the border of abstraction and figuration. Described as having an “extraordinary ability to manipulate liquid paint into mesmerising sensual surfaces”, she is interested in slippage and corrupting any notion of purity in genre. She paints in oil on canvas with great understanding of this ancient medium’s tactility, tone, depth and power of evocation. Also at play is a dance between chaos and containment with paint itself allowed a performative role within parameters defined by the artist.
Marie completed a Master of Fine Arts with Distinction at the University of Canterbury in 2008 and has exhibited steadily since then.