Marian Leven RSA RSW: Coastal Responses
Marian Leven RSA RSW (b.1944) is a respected Scottish artist working from her studio in Tayport. Her geographical understanding of Scotland and the differing edge qualities of the east and west coast is central to her visual exploration of edges, planes, concealment and space in her paintings and prints.
This exhibition is the result of Leven’s observations and reactions over the past year to a specific area of coast in the north west of Scotland. Beginning as direct perceptions her paintings develop into interpretation and metaphor.
Marian Leven was born and educated in Auchtermuchty, Fife before studying at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen where she met her artist husband Will Maclean in 1962. She continued to paint whilst bringing up the couple’s three children, but fully emerged with vigour on to the art scene in the 1990's. Since then she has had over forty successful solo and group exhibitions, and a string of awards including first prize in 1997 for the prestigious Noble Grossart/Scotland on Sunday Painting Prize. Scottish landscapes and changeable weather inform Leven’s work; her earlier expressionist paintings have given way to new abstract works evoking a sense of space and time. Her painting allows her to respond to this environment in the knowledge that she is part of a long history of people shaped by these conditions.