MARIANNA GARTNER

Marianna Gartner

*1963 Winnipeg, Canada – lives in Victoria, Canada

Gartner grew up in Calgary in a family of Hungarian immigrants. In the mid-1980s she studied painting and photography at the local university. Her artistic expression was influenced by the perception of minimalism and conceptual art. On the other hand, Gartner has from the very start paid attention to figurative art, which favours classical portrait art and draws from the European art of the past centuries, with its symbols and multifaceted semantic categories.

The works of the Canadian have started appearing at exhibitions in Europe only a few years ago, the highlight of which was a large exhibition in The Belvedere, in Vienna, organised in 2011. Before that, the artist’s works were exhibited almost exclusively in Canada and the United States. Her paintings capture the interrelation between the public space, staging, and illusion. Gartner established herself as a renowned contemporary portrait painting artist.

Selected works

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm

Marianna Gartner
The Double Whammy

2007
oil on canvas
244 x 137.5 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm

Marianna Gartner
Seated Sailor and Devil

2008
oil on canvas
183 x 122 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm

Marianna Gartner
Green Butterfly Bison

2006
oil on canvas
30 x 30 cm

Exhibitions

Franz Gertsch, Bagatelle IV - Silvia, 2008

02 July – 26 July 2013

Real-Real?

In its summer exhibition, Galerie Haas is showing various forms of representational painting, ranging from figurative depictions and still lifes to interiors and landscapes. These include artists such as René Magritte and René Wirths with a new work, Kenton Nelson, Felix Rehfeld, Marianna Gartner and Dimitris Tzamouranis, Heribert Ottersbach and Franz Gertsch.

Catalogue

Excerpt

“In a way I do think a lot of my work has an association with Charles Darwin. The most obvious is my use of the animal motif, which I have often represented as chained or leashed to a human figure. I suppose it’s my way of questioning our superiority over other species, which does tie in with Spencer’s theory on ‘survival of the fittest’ or Darwin’s ‘natural selection.'”

Marianna Gartner

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