Linda Marrinon Still life with Pajou nude, 2002; oil on canvas; 41 x 61 cm; enquire
Linda Marrinon Still life with Pajou nude, 2002; oil on canvas; 41 x 61 cm; enquire

Exhibition Dates: 10 July – 9 August 2003

In her latest exhibition of paintings at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Linda Marrinon works the minor genres of the history of European painting. She poaches from pre-twentieth-century academic portraiture, making customized copies and then uses those copies as objects within her own still lifes. Marrinon's portrait copies are quite faithful to their originals although they may be reduced to a detail or slightly simplified in some other way. While mostly literal in quotation, Marrinon's portraits nod discretely toward the (more exaggerated) caricature of her earlier paintings. For Marrinon, caricature is a veil of modesty or even humility placed over the human figure or grand architectural monument to bring it down to a more humble level. By slightly accentuating the comic countenance or facade, Marrinon deflates the sense of awe implicit to the aggrandizing style of state portraiture and state monument, bringing the subject to a position of equality with the viewer.

Marrinon's still lifes conflate the hierarchy of sculptural objects and bring together, in the classical/neo-classical tradition, the disciplines of painting, sculpture and architecture. In her still lifes, painted copies after old master sculptures are assembled together with actual toys, souvenirs and other sundry objects found incidentally around the artist's studio. Representations of the canonical works of great statesmen, such as Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859), are placed alongside a small figurine of the 1980s children's book character, Lord Woodmouse the mouse.

Linda Marrinon has been exhibiting with Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery since 1983. In 2001 a solo exhibition of her paintings and sculptures was held at the Ian Potter Museum in Melbourne. Also in 2001, Marrinon was a recipient of the prestigious Samstag scholarship. Her work was included in the Australian Perspecta in 1983 and 1999. She exhibited work in the exhibitions Wit's end (1993) and Word (1999), both at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney as well as many other significant museum exhibitions in Australia. Marrinon's paintings and sculptures are held by the Art Gallery of South Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Her work is also held by a numerous important private collections in Australia. The current self-titled exhibition is Linda Marrinon's sixth solo exhibition with Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.

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Linda Marrinon Mme Aymon (La Belle Zelie) after Ingres, 2002; oil on canvas; 61 x 55 cm; enquire
Mme Aymon (La Belle Zelie) after Ingres, 2002
oil on canvas
61 x 55 cm
Linda Marrinon A boat passing a lock after John Constable, 2001; oil on canvas; 35.5 x 41 cm; enquire
A boat passing a lock after John Constable, 2001
oil on canvas
35.5 x 41 cm
Linda Marrinon Still life with Lord Woodmouse and architectural fragment, 2000; oil on canvas; 36 x 52 cm; enquire
Still life with Lord Woodmouse and architectural fragment, 2000
oil on canvas
36 x 52 cm
Linda Marrinon Still life with godets and architectural fragments, 2000; oil on canvas; 41 x 61 cm; enquire
Still life with godets and architectural fragments, 2000
oil on canvas
41 x 61 cm
Linda Marrinon Portrait of a Man (after Th�odore Ch�sseriau), 2001; oil on canvas; 50 x 40 cm; enquire
Portrait of a Man (after Th�odore Ch�sseriau), 2001
oil on canvas
50 x 40 cm
Linda Marrinon Portrait of Alexis de Tocqueville after Ch�sseriau, 2002; oil on canvas; 44 x 35 cm; enquire
Portrait of Alexis de Tocqueville after Ch�sseriau, 2002
oil on canvas
44 x 35 cm
Linda Marrinon The Watergirl, after Adolphe-William Bouguereau, 2002; oil on canvas; 77 x 35 cm; enquire
The Watergirl, after Adolphe-William Bouguereau, 2002
oil on canvas
77 x 35 cm
Linda Marrinon Still life with Caroline Williams sculpture, 2002; oil on canvas; 49 x 59 cm; enquire
Still life with Caroline Williams sculpture, 2002
oil on canvas
49 x 59 cm
Linda Marrinon Still life with two nudes and palette, 2001; oil on canvas; 31 x 38.5 cm; enquire
Still life with two nudes and palette, 2001
oil on canvas
31 x 38.5 cm
Linda Marrinon Still life with sculpture and drawing, 2000; oil on canvas; 36 x 46 cm; enquire
Still life with sculpture and drawing, 2000
oil on canvas
36 x 46 cm
Linda Marrinon Still life with model of Stawell Stone, 2000; oil on canvas; 41 x 56 cm; enquire
Still life with model of Stawell Stone, 2000
oil on canvas
41 x 56 cm
Linda Marrinon Still life with black tower and bust, 2002; oil on canvas; 30.5 x 45.5 cm; enquire
Still life with black tower and bust, 2002
oil on canvas
30.5 x 45.5 cm
Linda Marrinon Still life with nudes and mallet, 2002; oil on canvas; 41.3 x 24 cm; enquire
Still life with nudes and mallet, 2002
oil on canvas
41.3 x 24 cm
Linda Marrinon Still life with sculpture and paint box, 2000; oil on canvas; 37 x 30 cm; enquire
Still life with sculpture and paint box, 2000
oil on canvas
37 x 30 cm
Linda Marrinon Still life with pink nude, 2002; oil on canvas; 28.5 x 35 cm; enquire
Still life with pink nude, 2002
oil on canvas
28.5 x 35 cm
Linda Marrinon Still life with pink and brown sculpture, 2000; oil on canvas; 33 x 37 cm; enquire
Still life with pink and brown sculpture, 2000
oil on canvas
33 x 37 cm
Linda Marrinon Still life with Democracy in America and Nelson, 2002; oil on canvas; 34.5 x 30 cm; enquire
Still life with Democracy in America and Nelson, 2002
oil on canvas
34.5 x 30 cm
Linda Marrinon Charles Baudelaire (after Emile Deroy), 2002; oil on canvas; 35.5 x 29.5 cm; enquire
Charles Baudelaire (after Emile Deroy), 2002
oil on canvas
35.5 x 29.5 cm
Linda Marrinon Portrait of Nelson after John Francis Rigaud, 2002; oil on canvas; 25 x 19 cm; enquire
Portrait of Nelson after John Francis Rigaud, 2002
oil on canvas
25 x 19 cm
Linda Marrinon Still life with boat and knife, 2002; oil on canvas; 26 x 30.5 cm; enquire
Still life with boat and knife, 2002
oil on canvas
26 x 30.5 cm
Linda Marrinon Portrait of Alexis de Tocqueville after Chasseriau, 2003; drypoint etching; 39.7 x 32.2 cm; (framed), non-editioned; enquire
Portrait of Alexis de Tocqueville after Chasseriau, 2003
drypoint etching
39.7 x 32.2 cm; (framed), non-editioned
Linda Marrinon Portrait of Charles Meryon after Felix Bacquemond, 2003; drypoint etching; 39.5 x 32 cm; (framed), non-editioned; enquire
Portrait of Charles Meryon after Felix Bacquemond, 2003
drypoint etching
39.5 x 32 cm; (framed), non-editioned
Linda Marrinon Still life with De Tocqueville bust, 2003; drypoint etching; 39.7 x 32.2 cm; (framed), non-editioned; enquire
Still life with De Tocqueville bust, 2003
drypoint etching
39.7 x 32.2 cm; (framed), non-editioned
Linda Marrinon Still life with Lord Woodmouse and Meryon etching, 2003; drypoint etching; 39.8 x 32.1 cm; (framed), non-editioned; enquire
Still life with Lord Woodmouse and Meryon etching, 2003
drypoint etching
39.8 x 32.1 cm; (framed), non-editioned
Linda Marrinon Portrait of L. J. - Marie Bizeul (after Charles Meryon), 2003; drypoint etching; 39.7 x 32.2 cm; (framed), non-editioned; enquire
Portrait of L. J. - Marie Bizeul (after Charles Meryon), 2003
drypoint etching
39.7 x 32.2 cm; (framed), non-editioned