Marianne Van Lent / Bio and Statement

Marianne Van Lent was born in Ithaca, NY in 1950. She has been a working artist in New York and Athens, NY on the Hudson River for most of her adult life exhibiting widely in the United States and Europe. Additionally she was a textile/print designer for ten years on Seventh Avenue,
a food stylist assistant, and then developed a successful decorative painting business doing commercial and residential spaces including murals and public art. She currently teaches workshops in painting and cooking.
Solo exhibitions include The Painting Center, Galerie Cerulean online, Deborah Davis Fine Art, Hudson, NY, Ulla Surland Gallery 11, Fairfield, CT, Wesley Lake Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ, Markel/Sears, New York, Fox and Fowle Gallery, New York, Brown, Harris Stevens, New York, The Pharmacy,
New York, Galveston Artists Guild, Galveston, TX, Galerie Kubinski, Stuttgart, Germany, Tyler Lungotevere Gallery, Rome, Italy and Lez Art Festival, Lez par Laguepie, France. Van Lent’s work has been included at Cross Contemporary, Saugerties, NY, The Tivoli Artist’s Gallery, Tivoli, NY, Side Show Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Watson Macrae Gallery, Sanibel. FL, AIR, New York, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY, BACA, Bklyn, NY, Louis Meisel Gallery, New York, The Clocktower, New York, SSCB Worldwide, New York, Long Island University, New York, Lake Gallery, Lake Tahoe, CA, The Painting Center, New York, M Gallery, Catskill, NY, Bric Gallery, Catskill, NY, The Athens Cultural Center, Athens, NY, Columbia Council of the Arts, Hudson, NY, Greene County Council on the Arts, Catskill, NY, Edward Hopper House,Regional, Hudson, NY, AIC Gallery, New York, Trabia/ MacAfee Gallery New York, Windows on White, New York. Selected public and corporate collections that own her work are The Zimmerlee Museum, New Brunswick NJ, ALEA, LLP, American Airlines, American Express Corporation, British Airways, Delta Airlines, Chase Manhattan Bank, EF Hutten Collection, Fox and Fowl Architects, Hartford Life Insurance, Donna Karen New York, Morgan Guaranty Trust, MTA, Art for Transit, David Rockwell, Rockwell Group Architects, W Hotel Groups, Saatchi & Saatchi Collection, David Parsons Dance Company, and Taco Bell Collection.
Van Lent has received Fellowships and Grants from Cornell University, NYSCA, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Residency Grant, NYSCA Community Teaching Grant Greene Co. NY, MTA, Arts for Transit, H.A.N.D.S., Bronx, NY, Percent for Art, CityArts Inc, New York, Artists Space, New York and Creative Time, New York.
A graduate of Tyler School of Art, Van Lent holds a BFA in fine arts and an MFA from Cornell University with a graduate teaching fellowship. She has taught at Pratt Institute: Color and Light in the Graduate Industrial Design School, Poly Prep Country Day School, Freshman and Advanced Drawing and Painting and AP Art History. Painting workshops include Art School of the Berkshires, Stockbridge MA, The Athens Cultural Center, Athens, NY and Greenwich House on the Square, New York.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

PRIMA MATERIA

Filtered through memory, my work examines the mysterious forces of the physical world and investigates our fragile position in the universe through the intersection of natural and technological modalities. I construct places, worlds, cosmologies that are represented both in the outer world of nature and the inner world of the psyche. Creating a multi dimensional collision of realms, the glimmer of unexpected openings provides inspiration for the process of painting. My painting process relates to the process of transcendence and transformation in which magic occurs through abstraction. Within the picture plane pictorial fields give way to iconic shapes and shifting images float in and out of space, suggesting apocalyptic conditions. The iconography of the physical landscape has become an interior landscape, incorporating the most fundamental structure of nature, the cell. Derived from autobiographical sources, the work reflects a historical, social, cultural and personal awareness. The eternal riddle encompasses points in time; it considers decay and rejuvenation. It’s innermost secret is revealed in the “other”, the spirit world : the ancestral footstep walking behind us.