Meredith Marsone is a professional artist from New Zealand who has an extensive international exhibition history. Establishing herself as a contemporary figurative painter with a unique and distinctive style Marsone’s work is held in numerous private and notable collections. Her work has also won several awards including First Prize in The Lysaght Watt are Award 2015, Merit Award Painting and Printmaking Award and selected finalist on three occasions for The Adam Portrait Award. Marsone’s recent solo shows were held in Sydney 2016 and Los Angeles 2017 and her work has been exhibited in over 25 US group shows in the past two years alone.
Her work is part of a new international movement of painting termed ‘disrupted realism’ which explores methods of combining realism and abstraction. She uses this technique to communicate the subtle emotional qualities in the human experience allowing the viewer to access their own emotional state in response to the work. Her aesthetic combines exquisitely rendered figures with gesturally applied thicker layers of paint. On a conceptual level the abstraction contributes to the emotive quality of the painting whilst also having an underlying meaning for the artist.
“I use this technique, which has a way of uniting either the characters in my paintings, or the figure to the surroundings, as a way of visually communicating the spiritual concept of ‘oneness’, that our bodies that seem like our outer most edges are in fact an illusion and we are connected to everything around us.”
Stephanie Dixon, Society6 editor writes, “Meredith Marsone’s oil paintings have a haunting familiarity. It’s hard not to see yourself reflected in each eye, lip, and hand. Working in traditional oils, her abstracted photo-realistic depictions express a swath of emotions and human experiences in a subtle and mysterious way.”
Marsone lives in Wellington, New Zealand with her husband, three daughters, one cat and a greyhound and paints every day from her inner city studio as part of the Honey Badger Collective.