Marion Flanagan

Marion Flanagan
MA Fine Art // Chelsea College of Arts, UAL ’19

Marion was born in Toronto, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Drawing and Painting at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) University; studying abroad for one term at Central Saint Martins in London. She is now living and working in London, having graduated from the University of the Arts London with a Master’s Degree in Fine Art last year.

She also attended Summer School programmes at the Slade School of Art and the Drawing Room with Joy Gerrard, respectively.

“At its best, art provides a platform for discussing important issues in our contemporary world. It disrupts the routines of day-to-day existence and fulfils our need for connection and community.

Through the transformation of materials into artworks, I have chosen to explore the fragile relationship and disconnection between humans and nature. Most recently, I’ve been exploring the changing surface of the earth due to climate change, and reduction of biodiversity caused by human destruction of habitats.

My time in the studio offers me the chance to unplug from an often overwhelming world, and enter a state of making that is quite different than the demands of thinking and writing.

For my paintings, I begin by creating monoprints using acrylic paint, then build up layers on top of these transferred images using hand-painting. I view this active surface manipulation as a collaboration between the artist and the materials. This process creates a tonality which references black and white aerial photography or anatomical text book illustrations or topographical maps. My sculptures are composed of synthetic black rubber combined with metal stands or brackets.

Through these works, I hope to encourage viewers to consider their own actions while interacting with plants, animals, the earth, and other humans”.

Marion has previously exhibited her work in Canada, The UK, Poland and France. She was recently shortlisted for the 2020 Clifford Chance Sculpture Award. Her other achievements include her role as a visiting lecturer at Chelsea College of Arts and a residency at Atelier Melusine in La Trimouille.

marionflanagan.com
marionflanagan25@gmail.com

Beautiful Deluge
Acrylic and oil on canvas
102 x 76 cm
£1000

Stories of the Land
Acrylic and oil on canvas
120 x 160 cm
£1200

Education

2019
Summer School, Slade School of Art, London.

2018 – 2019
MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts London.

2017 – 2018
Graduate Diploma, Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts London.

2017
Summer School, The Drawing Room with Joy Gerrard, London.

2015 – 2017
BFA Drawing and Painting, Ontario College of Art and Design University, Toronto. One term completed at Central Saint Martins, London.

2014 – 2015
Life Drawing and Acrylic Painting, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.

Exhibitions

2020
Windows on the World, mail art exhibition, Velorose Gallery, London.
Elemental-Essential, mail art exhibition, Velorose Gallery, London.

2019
Supernatural II, group exhibition, Wells Projects, London.
Works on Paper/Works in Progress, solo exhibition, Atelier Melusine, La Trimouille, France.
MA Show, Chelsea College of Art, London.
Supernatural Show, Chelsea College of Art, London.
Cookies and Coke, Group Exhibition, The Old Biscuit Factory, London.
Off-Grid, group exhibition, Chelsea College of Arts, London.
One Night Stand, Wimbledon College of Art, London.
Wicked Game, The Cookhouse Gallery, Chelsea College of Art, London.

2018
Art is Everywhere, BBC Radio 6, Projection at Tate Britain, London.
Pluribus Unum, group exhibition, Chelsea College of Arts, London.
Spectacular Sensation, group exhibition, Five Bells Pub, London.
Parallax II: MAFA International Art Festival, ASP Katowice, Poland.
International Art Festival, Chelsea College of Art, London.
Obsessions, group exhibition, The Cookhouse, London.
5 in 5 Collaborative Exhibition, Stour Space, London.
5 in 5 Collaborative Exhibition, DLG13, London.
Snorkel Show, interim exhibition, Chelsea College of Art, London.
Mythically Imagining King’s Cross, Central Saint Martins, London.

2017
Creative Debuts UAL Exhibition, Central Saint Martins, London.
Arebyte Gallery Project Space, London.

2016
Selection of First Year Student Works, OCAD University, Toronto.
Bees & the Birds, Graven Feather Gallery, Toronto.

Residencies

2019
Atelier Melusine, La Trimouille, France.

Awards

2020
Clifford Chance/UAL Sculpture Award, Shortlisted.

Other Experience

2019
Visiting Lecturer, Chelsea College of Arts, London.