Oil and mixed media on unstretched linen
212 x 216cm
Marlene Steyn (b.1989) studied at the Royal College of Art in London where she received her MA in Painting in 2014. Prior to this, she attended the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, where she graduated with her BA Visual Arts in 2011. Her tapestry-like paintings work to subvert the medium of painting and draw on a multitude of references: art history, psychoanalysis, mythology and contemporary culture. Recent group exhibitions include 'His Sprinkled Blood Served To Fructify Three Golden Apples' at Atelier 35, Bucharest; 'Island III - Native' at g39, Cardiff ; ‘La Piscine’ at Espace Croix Baragnon, Toulouse, France (2015); ‘All s-he ever wanted to be’, Galleria M, Calcutta (2015);’Inoperative Mythology’ at Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, London (2014); 'Bloomberg New Contemporaries', Spike Island, Bristol and Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2013) and ‘Dreamtime: New Surrealism’, Mirus Gallery, San Francisco, California. In 2014 she had a solo exhibition, 'How Cannibals Cuddle' at The Art Cabin, London and ‘Mad Love’ at Lychee One (London) in 2015. Steyn has another solo show coming up at Commune.1 in October 2015.
In 2015 she embarked on 2 residencies: Vermont Studio Centre in the USA and Odd Cultural Node, Bucharest, Romania.