Marion Llewellyns new paintings are alarmingly simple in appearance. Quiet expanses of snow, oblique planes of steel blue, tranquil expanses of mountain, floating feathers and among them, explosions, eruptions, ominous shadows and speeding arrows.
Llewelyn is is known for her explorations of the inner landscape in a manner that is simultaneously autobiographical and conceptual. Sixty years later, in Snow Asylum, images of her heritage are emerging: finely sketched medieval goose feather quills and delicately painted references to the ancient fortresses, gates, fences and portcullis still found in Stony Stratford, England where she grew up.
Capturing critical psychological moments frame by frame, Llewellyn sets up visual metaphors for her own experience with post-traumatic stress disorder. Snow Asylum explores dichotomies. Snow gives a feeling of desolation and camouflage yet can also appear as serene and comforting as a blanket. Arrows may be weapons or signs of good news; mountains may beguile or threaten. Savage titles like From the Gulag of Bearing Witness, Shock and Awe and Beyond the Wire show the intensity of the feelings behind the work. The images are as much about a journey through psychological pain as they are narratives of place.
Marion Llewellyn was born and educated in the United Kingdom and graduated with honours from Manchester College of Art and Design. After working for several prestigious publishing houses and media outlets in England, she emigrated to Canada in 1974 and became a master typographer and seriographer. For almost 20 years she was a partner at Long and Llewellyn, Vancouver, an art and design company with over 300 awards in Canada and USA.