Meredith Marsone is a contemporary figurative painter living in Wellington, New Zealand with an extensive international exhibiting history. 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.”
Meredith was awarded first prize in the Lysaght Watt Award 2015, has been a finalist numerous times in The Adam Portrait Award and The Wallace Art Award, and gained a merit award in The Painting and Printmaking Award 2008.