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Mayfair Arts Weekend: Liberty Gallery and ROSL ARTS

The 29th of May saw the opening of Edit, Adapt, Evolve, a Liberty Gallery group show at the Royal Overseas League, where a selection of Maria's recent Screen Prints will be on show throughout June. 

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Established in 1910, to maintain cultural links across The Commonwealth, the ROSL is a not-for-profit private members club, known for its emphasis on diversity and opportunity: the club has always welcomed women as equal members and maintains a 50/50 gender split across the 16,000 membership today. Visual Arts at the club began in 1984 and they now present a rolling programme of exhibitions.

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The exhibition will also be part of the Mayfair Arts Weekend in partnership with the Royal Academy from 29th June - 1st July, alongside over 60 galleries celebrating Mayfair as a vibrant hub of creativity and craftsmanship. 

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The focus of Edit, Adapt, Evolve is the influence of the everyday and the altering of the familiar into the uncanny. Maria's work will be shown alongside Benjamin Thomas Taylor, Bonnie and Clyde, Dan Hillier, David Wightman, Frances Bloomfield, Joe Webb, Louise McNaught, Lars Tunebo, and Magnus Gjoen. 

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Artist Residence: Maria Rivans Room in LOOM Magazine

Following on from a recent blog on cult, boutique hotel Artist Residence, here's an article that has recently appeared in LOOM magazine. Featuring the Maria Rivans room on its front page - with pin-up Amelia gazing out of her exposed brick and aged leather surroundings - the pages that follow reveal the story behind the hotel, through an interview with co-founder Justin Salisbury...

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Artwork in The Point

Nora Caplan-Bricker's essay 'Leaving Herland' was recently published in the latest issue of life and culture magazine, The Point, accompanied by images of Maria's collages.

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Caplan-Bricker's essay describes the feminist utopia of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 1915 novel Herland as "a world without men [in] a valley cupped by high mountains, accessible by only a single narrow path." What could be a better illustration of this fantastical realm than Maria's otherworldly artworks, basking in the glory of powerful femininity, and crafting dreamy, vertiginous landscapes from fragments of the natural world?

'Isabella' in  The Point

'Isabella' in The Point

Re-contextualising the novella in today's #MeToo climate, Caplan-Bricker's essay stages a brilliant interrogation of gender essentialism, exploring the meaning of utopia for women - and for men - in the twenty-first century.  

'Madeleine Mountains' in  The Point

'Madeleine Mountains' in The Point

Solo Show 'Hollywood Safari' at Lilford Gallery

'Hollywood Safari', Maria's flagship solo show of 2017, is on show at Lilford Gallery, Cambridge and Folkestone. 

'Hollywood Safari' is an exhibition of new original works by Maria, exploring the idea of disconnection and reconnection to nature through fragments of vintage ephemera. Spinning bizarre and dreamlike tales, these exotic and escapist collages are laced with ominous undertones, coming together in 'Hollywood Safari' to remind us of the darker side of human nature.

 

 

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Eliza at 53 Degrees North / Laurent Perrier

We recently wrote about contemporary art collective House of Artists, whose mission it is to spread exquisite art through the medium of vinyl wall coverings. 

In the latest collaboration with contemporary collective House of Artists, Maria has been commissioned to fill a single wall of 53 Degrees North / Laurent Perrier in Leeds. A stunning backdrop to the bar's VIP area, Eliza adds exquisite colour to the iconic space. 

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House of Artists in London

House of Artists - established by contemporary artist Ben Allen - works with a diverse collective of art practitioners (Maria amongst them) to create large scale wall coverings. Transforming interior spaces, House of Artists creates breathtaking vinyls - murals for the twenty-first century - which have attracted a cult following, for both public and private commissions.

Maria's work has just been featured in a glossy, London office block, where Frieda's face graces the whitewashed walls... 

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Amelia and Sugar Queen at Padstow Townhouse

The gorgeous Padstow Townhouse - a boutique hotel nestled within a large, eighteenth century house in Padstow's Old Town - and its Michelin starred restaurant Paul Ainsworth at No.6, now feature two of Rivans' pin-ups: Sugar Queen, a beautiful reworking of Sophia Loren, and Amelia, a twist on the iconic Audrey Hepburn - both of whom look right at home in their new, decadent space (and beside a Tracey Emin, too)!

 

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