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See the collection of paintings by Meredith Marsone - ABSTRACTED LOVE, for one night only in Christchurch before its packed up and sent on to Friends of Leon Gallery in Sydney.

Friday April 29th 5:00pm
Followed by Classical Soiree from 8pm-10pm with Chirny Presents

Artist Meredith Marsone - Abstracted Love

The benevolence of messy love: Abstracting from real-world relationships

Over the past 12 months, Meredith Marsone has exploded onto the international art scene with her unique mixture of refined portraiture and abstract art. She is showing this entirely new body of work for one night only prior to shipping it to Sydney's Friends of Leon Gallery for an opening May 26th.

Hailing from Lyttelton, Marsone captures intimate moments in human relationships, and depicts them in delicate but evocative artworks laced with cool icy tones. She observes how we connect to each other through our body language – her paintings capture an intimate glance, a blush, or the slightest touch of skin.

Her latest body of work is titled ABSTRACTED LOVE. Her collection depicts love and loss, with her characters frozen in a moment of time – an embrace, a hug, losing a loved one or holding onto a fragile love. 

Within her visually arresting paintings, the characters seem to appear and disappear amongst her dripping thick oil paints of pastel blues, washed out ochres and lashings of silver foiling. Her realistic detailed figures are juxtaposed against areas of gestural abstract brush strokes applied with a palette knife to board.

"I love translating the dance between people into my work, which for me is about being courageous with the juxtaposed elements of figurative and gestural. The unique point of tension for me is risking the whole piece with the palette knife. After I've poured myself into rendering the figures I add the impasto, often with a knot in my stomach. Being vulnerable, like in good, genuine relationships, makes for better art and better love." Meredith Marsone

Meredith has exhibited extensively throughout New Zealand and is currently working with galleries in New York, San Francisco and Illinois. She has been featured in Hi-Fructose, Juxtapoz and Masters of Paint. She currently is a finalist in the Adam Portrait Award 2016 and won first prize in the Lysaght Watt Art Award 2015.

For more about Meredith please visit

After the One Night Only the work then travels to Sydney. Abstracted Love opens at Friends of Leon Gallery on Thursday 26 May 2016 from 6-8PM

For all media inquiries (print or interviews with the artist) please contact or 0403248978

Exhibition runs until the 11th of June

82 Marlborough Street Surry Hills