TONIGHT at Michael Kohn Gallery - MARION PECK Animals: Recent Paintings 3.30. - 4.27.13.


 Michael Kohn Gallery is thrilled to announce the inauguration of Michael Kohn Projects, which proudly opens with an incredible pop-up exhibition of recent paintings by contemporary pop surrealist, Marion Peck.  This special project space, which is located within blocks of the Michael Kohn Gallery, features eleven new works that highlight the artist’s talent for meticulously painted narrative imagery. This particular body of work explores solitary animal figures placed in various situations and often anthropomorphized to reflect human emotion and mental states. These luscious paintings play with the kitschy stylization of animals while underscoring Peck’s faithfulness to Northern Renaissance realism in her treatment of landscape, flora, and the particularly stoic expressions of her subject matter.

The influence and direct citation of Renaissance masters is evident in works such as Wabbit, a play on Albrecht Durer’s iconic watercolor drawing of a young hare. Juxtaposing the scientific exploration of the original German work of 1503 with Disney’s Bugs Bunny, Peck’s Wabbit and other renditions of furry fauna confound our expectations of naïve, innocent wildlife with knowing facial expressions and dark realism.
Marion Peck earned her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and went on to study at two different MFA programs, Syracuse University in New York and Temple University in Rome. Her work has been exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide including Sloan Fine Art, Bellwether Gallery and DFN Gallery in New York, Roq la Rue, Davidson Galleries and the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, Galerie Magda Danyz in Paris, Galleria Giampiero Biasutti in Turin, The Laguna Art Museum and The Bristol Art Museum. Born in The Philippines while her family was on a trip around the world, she lived in Rome and Seattle before settling in Eagle Rock, California. 

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