Linda Marrinon’s latest exhibition at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery consists of a single, bronze figure sculpture. Field Marshal Montgomery commands attention and sympathy. This military hero is diminutive in scale (a humble take on traditional state sculpture) yet exudes self-assurance. The androgynous face confidently gazes into the distance. Marrinon is a master of ambiguity. “Monty” is at once an archetype and an intimate portrait—the specific employed in pursuit of the general. Marrinon’s sculpture is a meditation on character and the human condition; an invitation for introspection. Armed with technical brilliance, Marrinon is free to indulge in idiosyncratic proportions and the pleasures of the handmade.
Linda Marrinon has been exhibiting with Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery since 1983. She has been the subject of major survey shows at The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne and The Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. Marrinon has been included in numerous group exhibitions including, ‘Australian Perspecta’ (1983 and 1999), ‘Word’ (1999) at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, and ‘Lost and Found: the TarraWarra Biennale of Art’ (2009) curated by Charlotte Day. A number of Marrinon’s sculptures will be included in the forthcoming exhibition curated by Glenn Barkley, ‘Making it New: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Marrinon’s paintings and sculptures are held by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the National Gallery of Australia, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and numerous private and corporate collections. In 2001, Marrinon was a recipient of the prestigious Samstag Fellowship which permitted her to study at the New York Academy of Art. In 2008 Chris McAuliffe authored an important monograph on Marrinon’s work, ‘Let Her Try’, published by Craftsman House.