Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is pleased to present All hail Tony Duquette!, an exhibition of new statuettes and tableaux by seminal Australian artist Linda Marrinon.⁠

Exhibition Dates: 12 April – 11 May 2024

Extravagant opulence meets classical technique in All hail Tony Duquette!, an exhibition of new statuettes and tableaux by Linda Marrinon. Paying homage to the lavish aesthetic of Tony Duquette, a titan of maximalist design from the early twentieth century, in her latest exhibition with Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Marrinon gives resonance to Duquette’s penchant for flamboyance and theatricality through her modestly scaled terracotta and plaster sculptures.

Marrinon’s profound knowledge of the history of art and ‘making’, spanning from ancient civilisations to modern times, resonates in these new works as she seamlessly employs the centuries-old method of tempera painting – the application of an emulsion of water and egg yolk – traditionally associated with ancient and medieval art.

Her sculptures often depict historical tableaux and archetypes, drawn from a vast repository of cultural references. From classical painting and sculpture, to films, novels, plays and popular media, the titles of these tiny wforms serve as a gateway into Marrinon’s idiosyncratic encyclopaedia. A klismos chair. An indeterminate ruined temple. An ancient Greek votive depicting a figure in an exaggerated Adlocutio pose. Marrinon’s references are simultaneously recognisable and inexplicable.

Whether one is well-versed in art history or approaching her work for the first time, there is always something to be gleaned from the complex layers of meaning embedded within each sculpture. Indeed, as Richard McKenzie so aptly observes, “The on-off flicker of ‘recognition’ [one experiences] when viewing these works – the something known in something new – is part of their delight”.

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Linda Marrinon Klismos Chair, 2023; terracotta; 45 x 29 x 22 cm; enquire
Klismos Chair, 2023
45 x 29 x 22 cm
Linda Marrinon Woman with Pineapple, 2024; terracotta; 37 x 26 x 15 cm; enquire
Woman with Pineapple, 2024
37 x 26 x 15 cm
Linda Marrinon Milo from 3PBS, 2020; terracotta; 35 x 23 x 12 cm; enquire
Milo from 3PBS, 2020
35 x 23 x 12 cm
Linda Marrinon Ruined Temple, 2024; terracotta and tempera; 35 x 28 x 13 cm; enquire
Ruined Temple, 2024
terracotta and tempera
35 x 28 x 13 cm
Linda Marrinon Mouse with Onions and Cashews, 2024; terracotta; 24 x 28.5 x 14 cm; enquire
Mouse with Onions and Cashews, 2024
24 x 28.5 x 14 cm
Linda Marrinon Woman with green stripes, 2024; plaster and tempera; 26 x 14 x 11 cm; enquire
Woman with green stripes, 2024
plaster and tempera
26 x 14 x 11 cm
Linda Marrinon Greek Votive, 2024; terracotta and tempera; 24 x 16 x 9 cm; enquire
Greek Votive, 2024
terracotta and tempera
24 x 16 x 9 cm