Film Stills at Artist Residence Penzance

Having brightened Brighton's hotel scene, Artist Residence opened their doors on the sleepy streets of Penzance in 2011, in a beautifully restored Georgian pile - another gem of an eclectic boutique getaway! 

Two of Maria's Original Film Stills - Flora Taking the Limelight (from Danny Kaye) and DIY Tiger - feature in the hotel's cosy cottage space. Set against old, wooden rafters, exposed floorboards, and antique antler chandeliers, Flora Taking the Limelight (from Danny Kaye) and DIY Tiger look right at home in their seaside surroundings, adding a spark of retro charm to these beautiful, rustic interiors... 


N.B. At the end of 2017, the rooms were filled with even more of Maria's Original vintage Film Stills!

'Out of the Ordinary' at Christie's

Christie's 2016 summer exhibition, 'Out of the Ordinary', marked the commemoration of 250 years of London's iconic auction house. 

Celebrating the unusual and the unique, the extraordinary and the exceptional, the show comprised over 90 lots, selected for the intriguing stories that they told. Jungle Call and Cascadia were amongst the works selected for the exhibit, both selling at the show's culminating auction in September '16. 

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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... 


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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Popcorn Noir at Saatchi Gallery

Images from 'Popcorn Noir', a 2015 solo show with Saatchi Gallery, London.  

The show was an exhibition of original works and prints, inspired by three, vintage films: Hitchcock's 'Rear Window', 'A Stolen Life' starring Bette Davis, and a number of the 1930s 'Tarzan' series. Staging a collage within a collage, the exhibition deconstructed and reassembled stills from the iconic films across the entire collection.  


Tarzania  Original Collage on Paper 116 x 85cm Framed

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Heart of Darkness Penguin Book Cover

Penguin Books commissioned Maria to design a book cover for Joseph Conrad's timeless classic Heart of Darkness. 

The brief was short: the cover had to look "modern and different." Maria applied her pin-up process, building exotic flora and fauna, hidden figures and animals, over an antique photographic portrait. With a sitter resembling the book's narrator, Marlow, Maria layered snakes, maps, and skulls - some of the book's most evocative images - to create her unique visual response. 

The result was a success, capturing the dark and brooding atmosphere of one of the nineteenth century's most captivating works of literature.