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Marc Standing - Lost Wonders at anna pappas gallery

BY Anna Pappas Gallery | 27-Feb-2013
Born in Zimbabwe, based in Sydney and now more recently in Hong Kong, Standing's iconic and haunting paintings have developed along a complex path of progression. Driven by an innate compulsion to paint, Standing explores tension 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.
Address: 2-4 Carlton Street Prahran, Victoria 3181 Australia
Date: Opening Night: 8 March 2013 - Exhibition Dates: 5 March – 5 April 2013
Time: 6pm
Web: www.annapappasgallery.com
EMail: info@annapappasgallery.com
Call: +613 8598 9915
Marc Standing, Pulsating Magic, 2013, Oil on polyester, 100x100cm

This is what packs such a punch in Standing's work - worldly layering of textures and imagery which evoke a surreal clarity in the viewer. Standing's recent eerie yet peaceful paintings use a palette and compositional platform, mixed with sinister imagery to explore the tensions felt between light and dark; comfort and discomfort; a sense of belonging and a sense of void. As he states '…in my current painting practice I have been using a lot of layering of imagery with the intention of barraging the viewer with a plethora of pictorial stimulus. Images derived from nature bleed and blend amongst more sinister imagery portraying a narrative that embraces the notion of both dreamscape and nightmare. Storytelling and imagination fuse into a visual mirage of wonderment.'

Standing holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honors Degree, University of Cape Town, South Africa. His works are in private and public collections in UK, South Africa, Hong Kong, Australia, New York, and Holland. He is represented by Anna Pappas Gallery in Victoria, King Street Gallery in Sydney and Cat Street Gallery in Hong Kong.