Marie Larkin is an Australian Pop Surrealist. Her art embodies an undeniably feminine oeuvre, meticulous execution and attention to detail. Works in painting, drawing and sculpture have been inspired by fairytale and nursery rhyme narratives, pop culture, beauty and the feminine persona.. She creates richly coloured, finely detailed, alternate worlds inhabited by beautiful girls, strange and mesmerising, with expressive eyes and dark natures. Most recently, female characters have an undeniable feminine force, strong, empowered and aloof. Her bodies of work continue to mature, gaining greater sophistication of style and consistency throughout.. Paintings and drawings retain her signature women who embue the works with narrative and emotional content.
Marie Larkin has a Bachelor of Art Education and has been a visual artist and art teacher since 1980. She gained national recognition and success in the 1990s as an embroiderer. Although incredibly time consuming, embroidery gave Larkin a manageable outlet through which she was able to maintain a semblance of creativity while caring for three young children. It also awarded her esteemed recognition in the art world. Not only did her incredibly intricate handiwork appear in several exhibitions that toured across Tasmania, Victoria, and New South Wales (where she currently resides), but it earned her a place in Norris Ioannous survey of decorative arts, Masters of their Craft. Years have passed, and Larkin no longer embroiders.
Once her familial demands began to lessen, she decided to exchange her needle for a paintbrush. While theres no denying that artists such as Nicoletta Cecccoli and Mark Ryden inform Larkins highly stylized, pop surrealist aesthetic, the impressive body of work that shes produced in just five years time aptly expresses the complexity of emotions with which women often grapple... her subjects convey notions of innocence and whimsy as well as disappointment and desire...and( the) steely strength that often goes unnoticed in women who can instead come across soft and sensitive. Anise Mouette Stevens Anise Mouette Stevens is an accomplished writer. and the current editor of Life in LA.