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Marianne Muggeridge: Taken Personally


Wed 12 Jun 2013, 10:30am–4:30pm
Thu 13 Jun 2013, 10:30am–4:30pm
Fri 14 Jun 2013, 10:30am–4:30pm
Sat 15 Jun 2013, 10:30am–4:30pm
Sun 16 Jun 2013, 10:30am–4:30pm

Where: New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Shed 11, Wellington Waterfront, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

An exhibition representing forty years of the portrait painting of Marianne Muggeridge is the next major exhibition at the NZ Portrait Gallery.

A selection of around fifty of her portraits from the 1970s onwards will be on show at the Gallery from March 7 to June 16 in a biographical survey selected and curated by Stuart Shepherd. Displayed as a chronology, the stylistic evolution of the work emerges along with a more personal chronicle of relationships and stories. While the portrait’s subject remains paramount, the environments in which the sittings occur, often reflect the context of social change.

A former two-time winner of the Adam Portrait Award in 2000 and 2002, Muggeridge makes a strong point of always working from life. ”From very young I’ve been drawn to painting people” she says. “For me, there is a huge difference in working from sittings rather than photographs. I avoid putting a camera between myself and the subject. I don’t want to ‘see’ the way the camera does and anyway a good photograph is not improved by turning it into a painting. I work from life which means the people in my oil portraits often sit for lengthy sessions over several months, sometimes years”. Occasionally she needs to make an exception when a subject is unavailable for the entire time she needs to complete a portrait. In the case of NZ scientist Alan MacDiarmid, she created the torso from a shirt he had given her, modelled by her partner to give her the body contours she needed.

For her realist oil portraits which sometimes include a hint of the surreal, Muggeridge attempts to convey the rhythms that occur in the pose of the body, the clothing, and the background in a way that reflects both the character and the mood of her subjects.

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