Marc Standing - Blue Boy
Blue Boy, 2015 33 x 25cm
Oil on Board
Marc Standing: Info
B. 1976 Harare, Zimbabwe.
Education, 1996-1999, Bachelor of Fine Arts Honors Degree, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Marc Standing has had a life well travelled. Having been born and raised in Africa into his twenties, Standing then immigrated to Australia, after which he spent six years in Hong Kong. He currently lives in London.
Driven by an innate compulsion to paint, Standing explores tensions felt by a personal search for identity, embodied by complexities felt by a mass consciousness - one which has been left with toxic traces of colonialism. The other -worldly layering of textures and imagery evoke a surreal clarity in the viewer using a palette and compositional platform, exploring the tensions felt between light and dark; comfort and discomfort; a sense of belonging and a sense of void.
Standing's works have been shown extensively throughout Australia, Hong Kong and Shanghai and have also been included in prominent Australian art prizes, as well as a commission work for The Groucho Club in London, a nominee for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize, and acquired by Artbank in Australia. His work has also been exhibited in Shangahi, New York, London, Holland, Hong Kong, South Africa and Zimbabwe. He has taken part in residencies in Mexico and the Philippines and is artist in residence at Amilla Fushi in the Maldives.
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