Marin Loo is an emerging Australian contemporary artist and paints scenes from the natural and modern landscape that evoke a sense of quietness and stillness. She is inspired by the diversity and calming influence of nature as well as the illumination of light and air that changes the environment. "Peaceful, quiet and inviting” are some of the words that describe her work.
Born in Malaysia and migrated to Australia in her early teens; Marin has made Australia her home ever since. She graduated with a computing degree and went onto work in this field for many years. She was always interested in art since she was a child and it was only in her adult years that she had the opportunity to studied fine arts part time at Julian Ashton Art School.
She finally quit her job recently to fully pursue her passion for art. Through her time, she has participated in a number of art shows and has been a finalist in several national art prizes.
Marin's preferred choice of medium is oil due to its textural and fluidity texture. She enhances her paintings through an intuitive process. In her words:
"I either paint outdoors or take snapshots of landscapes/nature and I go through a process of transforming the piece to something I feel emotionally connected to.
The process starts with painting what I see first, then feeling the emotions evoked from the scene or subject, and then 'transforming' the scene/subject by a number of approaches: adding atmosphere, visual brush strokes, changing/adding elements and adding vibrancy & colour to create the mood I am looking for.
Sometimes the transformation is simple and sometimes it is major. Either way the process is quite visceral, and it is both aesthetically, emotionally and mentally energising for me. Through this I feel I am at my most creative."
If you are interested in any of Marin's artwork or would like her to do a commissioned painting, please get in touch.
2020 - Leighbridge 2000 Small Scale Art Prize show
2020 - Georges River Art Prize show
2020 - Fifty squared Art Prize - Brunswick Gallery
2019 - Womankind Exhibition (Group exhibition)
2019 - Brunswick Gallery Small Works
2018 - Drummoyne Open Annual Art Exhibition
2018 - Bayside Visual Art Prize
2018 - Brunswick Gallery Small Works
2017 - Waverly Art Prize Show
2015 - Julian Ashton Student & Teacher Annual Exhibition
2014 - Julian Ashton Student & Teacher Annual Exhibition
2014 - Pyrmont Art Festival
2013 - Julian Ashton Student & Teacher Annual Exhibition
AWARDS / FINALISTS
2020 - Leighbridge Art Prize semi-finalist
2019 - Georges River Art Prize finalist
2018 - Bayside Visual Art Prize finalist
2017 - Waverly Art Prize finalist
2014 - Phillip Muskett Landscape Prize winner
Private collection in Paddington NSW AU, Northmead NSW AU, Gladesville NSW AU, Concord NSW AU,
Melbourne VIC AU.