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Maria Rivans

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Maria Rivans is a contemporary British artist, known for her scrapbook-style collage aesthetic. A mash-up of Surrealism meets Pop-Art, Rivans’ work re-appropriates vintage ephemera to create dreamy realms, which transport the viewer into fantastical worlds of the imaginary, each one suffused with vivid colour, arresting imagery, intricate detail and finished with a dusting of subtle humour.

Rivans’ artwork is known for its unique approach to collaging; intertwining different film and TV genres – from vintage Hollywood to 1970s sci-fi, B-movies and TV trash – her work is in a constant dialogue with cultures of the past, reinventing existing film plots and narratives while spinning bizarre, dreamlike tales. Her use of collage reflects the complex and fragmented world from which the art arises, but an attention to beauty and to the harmony of composition gestures optimistically towards the social capacity to piece it all back together again.

Maria Rivans - Eliza - Hicks Gallery

In her Pin-up series, Rivans reclaims iconic femininity to champion female strength. Each individual movie star develops their own identity as if they were a solid, memorable character starring in one of Rivans’ invented scripts. These leading ladies have been highly influenced by strong female actors like Bette Davis and Joan Crawford who made a huge impression on Rivans when she was a child, and each character holds qualities of women who are particularly empowered and have often been named after famous women explorers and inventors. These exotic and escapist works are often also laced with ominous undertones, to remind us of the darker side of human nature; utopian imagery from 1950s pop-culture speaks to today’s obsession with consumerism while a persistent love of sci-fi illustrates the fact that Rivans’ work is always a meditation on the greater question of ‘life, the universe and everything’.

Maria Rivans - Eve

By appropriating an array of sourced vintage ephemera, Rivans seeks to overwhelm us with her compositions by combining vivid and seductive colours with powerful and often humorous imagery. Her process begins with her extensive collection of vintage ephemera, which she scavenges from antique books and retro magazines, always on the look-out for that perfect ‘something’ in second-hand shops and at market stalls. Like piecing together an unruly jigsaw puzzle, Rivans begins to collate and assemble the skilfully cut-out fragments and scraps, labouring over long periods and making alteration after alteration, until the collage begins to take shape. Through an intense attention to detail and an artistic sensitivity to colour and composition, each of Rivans’ artworks is the product of months of careful deliberations and decisions, every tiny tweak necessary in the final formation.

Introducing… Bonnie and Clyde

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New to the gallery, Bonnie and Clyde is a Brighton-based artist who creates visually arresting mixed-media collages using photography, paint and print which are then used as a reference to create limited edition prints.

Bonnie and Clyde - Ice cream Plaza

Inspired by everything from signage and iconography to music, film and the lives of other people, Bonnie and Clyde responds emotionally to socio-political environments intertwined with her own personal circumstances. A keen photographer, she enjoys travelling and capturing images that explore her interests in street photography, architecture, the sea and psychogeography, which are then appropriated into her artwork. Her cool collages have transported viewers from Havana’s curious skyline to palm tree-lined Venice beach and the gritty streets of New York City.

Bonnie and Clyde - ANGELS AND LIQUOR PRINT - Hicks Gallery

Her method of working often begins with photography taken in cities that inspire and insight emotional responses. These are scanned into her computer before she embarks on a lengthy process of printing, scanning, cutting, layering, painting, and passing back and forth between the computer and paper to create collages constructed with layers of found images and textures. She paints and mark-makes using acrylics, inks, oil pastels, markers, Letraset and screen-print building up to the finished piece.

The collage is then deconstructed using the computer again to create the screenprint version of the collage. Finally, she makes a limited number of layers, one of which will be a giclee print and then various layers of block colour and glazes to add punch and texture to the print.

Bonnie and Clyde - Cocktail hour

With a sensitivity to the relationship between the built environment and the natural landscape, the work of Bonnie and Clyde opens out a space in which to explore human interaction in urban sites. Her work responds emotionally to the delicate association of the socio-political and the deeply personal, in a way that resonates with contemporary cultures of modernity.

View available works by Bonnie and Clyde here.


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We are delighted to introduce work by Angela Edwards to the gallery.

Angela has always worked within the creative industries and over the past five years has been able to fully focus on her art career. She graduated in 2014 with a BA (hons) First Class in Fine Art. In the same period she was actively involved with art based projects in local primary schools and within community arts projects. Prior to her degree she worked in the fashion industry and in pottery design. She now works from her studio at West Street Loft Studios in West Sussex, which provides her with a wonderfully creative environment to further develop her work.

Angela’s work melds traditional materials with new technology; oil on canvas or board, charcoal on paper are her chosen tools to depict a thoroughly modern subject matter drawn from digital media, such as video, streamed images and often the use of her iPhone.

Her central thesis is connected to a notion of ‘home’, a theme explored from many different perspectives and one she continually returns to.  This ranges from captured images of people returning home from their work environments to the movement of people across continents, namely refugees and asylum seekers – all the representation of people in her work are seeking the solace of home and belonging.

Angela Edwards - Back Again - Hicks Gallery

The representation of people moving through defined spaces, also gives focus to the notion, that while we weave in and out of the spaces of our daily life, there is often a lack of consciousness of critical issues that are occurring in the larger world, thus a certain alienation. This is translated through the digital layering and shadowing  of the images, where the ‘real’ is transformed, into a type of hyper-real, namely, a simulacrum, where a work is not presented as a copy of the ‘real’ but becomes, via the transformed image, a truth in it own right.