BIO Born in 1982 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Marianne Bland has been painting murals since 1998. She attended the California College of Arts and Crafts, where she studied painting and drawing with several outstanding teachers, including renowned American artist Raymond Saunders. She also studied fine arts internationally at L’ecole Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Marseille, France in 2003.
Marianne has exhibited at City Art Gallery since 2007 and was featured in the 2008 October Emerging Artists show at the Asylum Gallery in Sacramento. In 2008, she completed a 50-foot History of Transportation mural for the City of San Bruno. Marianne was the artist of the month in April 2010 in N Magazine and the featured artist of the month for March 2011 on Sacramento365.com. In 2010, she completed a challenge to create one new piece of art every day for a year, which is documented on her blog, ArtProject2010.info.
STATEMENT I create realistically rendered cityscapes in acrylic & oil using my own reference photographs. Imagery depicted often includes street scenes from San Francisco, featuring a few figures amidst vibrantly colored architecture. In addition to bright color, I often employ slight blurring effects or rough charcoal lines to express the gritty, fast-paced magnetism cities hold for me. Recently, I’ve been focusing on night scenes. The heightened contrast emphasizes the sense of “looking in” and invites the viewer to contemplate the boundary between intimacy and voyeurism- a line growing increasingly fuzzy in a digital, de-personalized society where privacy rights are constantly on the decline.