The Concealed, 1986
Marion Borgelt (Born 1954)
oil on canvas
150 x 134cm
signed, dated and inscribed verso
Exhibited: Marion Borgelt recent work, Roslyn Oxley Gallery, Paddington, Nov 18-Dec 6, 1986
0419 540 162
"Marion Borgelt’s paintings of the 1980s are characterised by vast fields of enfolding forms. There are suggestions of landscape in the use of natural colours such as dusty browns and a ragged touch that reveals the influence of Cézanne. Referring to them as ‘landscapes of the interior’ she probes the notion of the ‘inland’. These works are pervaded by a sense of movement that is occasionally lyrical, but mostly restless. The eve of the viewer is never invited to rest and is sent on a slow journey around the canvas, weaving in and out of roughly defined planes. These ‘interiors’ are psychological terrains. If one tried to imagine in visual terms the thought patterns that pervade our complex and irrational minds, Borgelt’s paintings of the 1980s would have to come close".
Marion Borgelt was born in the Victorian country town of Nhill. She studied at the South Australian School of Art, where she was identified as one of the most promising artists of her year, being awarded the Harry P Gill Memorial Medal in 1976. She left SASA with a travelling scholarship that enabled her to enrol at the New York Studio School in 1978. She would stay on in New York undertaking postgraduate studies until 1980. When she returned to Australia it was as a sophisticated and confident painter. In 1986 she represented Australia at the 6th Indian Triennale.
Marion Borgelt has received many significant art awards including a fellowship from the French Government for living and working in Paris in 1989, where she consequently spent eight years. Additionally, in 1996, Borgelt was the first Australian artist awarded the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Art Fellowship. She was also awarded a Visual Arts and Crafts Australia Fellowship.
Key collections include: NGA, Canberra; AGNSW, Sydney; NGV, Melbourne; QAG, Brisbane; AGSA, Adelaide and MCA, Sydney.