2017, Oil on canvas
1400 x 1400mm
Marie Le Lievre is a full-time artist based in Lyttelton, Christchurch. She received her MFA in Painting from the University of Canterbury (2008) and holds a BA in Criminology from the University of Victoria, Wellington (1996). Her work explores the intimate intersection of the inner mind and the outer world through a symbolic vocabulary of abstract and stylised forms. These forms are derived from figuration, photography, drawing, and the emotional and psychological states associated with significant relationships, objects and places. They are incorporated into colour field abstract painting and drawing to create a dialogue between physical and psychological space.
Le Lievre has had well received solo shows at galleries internationally and around New Zealand, including: Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch; Bartley and Company, Wellington; Trish Clark Gallery, Auckland, and Peloton Gallery, Sydney. She has participated in group shows at: Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, the Dowse, Lower Hutt; the Suter Gallery, Nelson; ParisConcret Gallery, Paris; and Sendai, Japan as part of the Shared Lines international art exchange project.
In 2010 Le Lievre was the inaugural recipient of the Canterbury Arts and Heritage Trust Award. Her work was a selected finalist in the Wallace Art Awards (2008, 2011, 2018) and Parkin Prize (2013) and awarded highly commended places in the Parkin Prize (2016) and the Anthony Harper Award (2009). Her work has been profiled in ArtNews New Zealand (cover artist, Summer 2017), Takahe (cover artist, December 2017), Home New Zealand (Oct/Nov 2017) as one of 'Five Artists to Watch', and Art New Zealand (Winter, 2015). She is represented in many significant private and public collections, including Christchurch Art Gallery, Te Puna O Waiwhetu, the University of Canterbury, the Suter Gallery, Nelson, the James Wallace Collection, and the Fletcher Trust Collection.