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Marian Fannon Christian’s work is collected in many countries including USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Italy, Spain, France, India, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia. She has lived in many of those countries including Hong Kong, The Philippines, Indonesia, India, England and Ireland and believes her influences come from all of those places. She is married with a daughter born in The Philippines and a son born in Hong Kong.
Her artistic career began at her home in India in 1999. She started with small, black ink drawings which grew to very intricate coloured ink drawings on large 40 x 30 ins. paper. These works have been described as organic surrealism and often resemble fine lacework.
She now works in various media but most enjoys working with ink and the alternative photographic process of Cyanotypes. She has a restless soul – maybe because she has moved around the world so much in her life. She needs change and experiment in order to progress. Being an artist for her is being able to constantly reinvent herself by using different techniques and seeing where she can take it. She says, “How could I progress if I was always creating the same thing, if I wasn’t constantly trying new things?”
The most important thing for Marian in a work of art is a sense of movement, which is difficult to achieve when working on such a small scale.
“There is a needling, obsessive quality to her work that keeps it from being anything so blah as “pretty”. These are forms that seem to spread virally to the edge of the page, landscapes are darkly distorted and her florals definitely aren’t the sort of thing you’d see on a sofa – unless it was a particularly cool one. There’s wonder and warning in them, an invitation to admire but to heed their wildness.” Kate Weir – Kensington and Chelsea Review
“Marian’s work consistently showed that, even without realizing it, she had been absorbing all the cultures she had lived in Hong Kong, The Philippines, Indonesia and now India. With no conscious intentions whatsoever, aspects of these rich cultures could be seen in her countless works. ” Kreol Magazine
“We can now look at your patient stitches, one after the other, tying secrets to poetry and colour to shape.” Benedetta Barzini
“It’s a most exquisite painting and, looking at it closely, it’s not only the superb sense of colour and design that impresses, it’s the sheer technical bravura with which you apply those sweeps of colour leaving delicious little white “snowflakes” in its wake.” Reggie Oliver
“In her art the joy of life is translated as the pure joy of painting. Inner realisation reaches out to those aspects of life that can only be experienced when we are alert to the smallest, unnoticeable parts of nature. It teaches us that when we surrender the whole of our being to the wonders of life, nature in all its wondrous forms becomes magical.” Armando Alemdar