Gillie and Marc Schattner Figurative Sculpture - Roger, The Magpie on Rope
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Gillie and Marc Schattner
Roger, The Magpie on Rope

2016

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A wonderful yet very playful piece depicting Roger, a magpie standing on a short rope from Gillie and Marc's collection which explores all the interesting, complex characteristics of the magpie. Here we find this very dynamic piece as the bird is standing on the knot of the last piece of strip of a rope, the light blue patina of the bird gives a highly sophisticated contrast enhancing the composition and structure of this remarkable artwork. This piece is made from bronze and is a limited edition 3 of 20. Signed and editioned by the artists. Sculpture measures 28 x 14.25 x 19.25 in When Gillie first moved to Australia she became fascinated with the native birds. While she loved the colorful rosellas and lorikeets she was also drawn to the unique and special beauty in the robust and plucky magpie. Magpies are considered to be one of the most intelligent animals in the world. They’re also one of Australia’s most highly-regarded songbirds and can mimic 35 different species of birds and even dogs, horses and humans. ‘The world depends on contemporary artists to challenge life as we know it. We, the contemporary artist pull apart the world, so it can be put back together as something different.’ As husband and wife, Gillie and Marc are Australian contemporary artists who collaborate to create art as one, applying the iconic imagery of the dog/human hybrid to celebrate the powerful spiritual relationship that exists between man and animal. Gillie and Marc reference their own remarkable love story in their works, perpetuating a pursuit of happiness and encouraging us to challenge the status quo and the perceived safety of societal convention. Gillie and Marc’s unparalleled love is the cornerstone of what they are and of what they create. Gillie and Marc first met in Hong Kong. She was a nurse from England and he was a boy from the ‘burbs’ of Melbourne. Instantly they realized they’d found their soulmate, someone to start a journey encompassing their mutual love for art and adventure. Seven days later they were married in the foothills of Mount Everest. They not only share an unsurpassed dedication to their art but also love for their two children, whom Gillie describes as their ‘best friends’ — along with their fur baby Indie, of course. With a 20 year history of collaboration, Gillie and Marc’s works (paintings and sculptures) have received acclaim worldwide and are held in collections both nationally and internationally. 'We are two people working as one, with a single vision — something no one else is doing in art’. Initially, Gillie and Marc painted and designed, but have now become very interested in sculpture, creating commissioned works for venues such as Australia Zoo; Sydney Children’s Hospital; Australian Red Cross Blood Service; Hilton Hotel Singapore; McDonald’s Corporate Headquarters in Singapore; and the Ying Ren Four Seasons Hotel in Beijing. The artists produce sculptures in a variety of mediums including bronze, brass, steel, wood, fiberglass, and polyresin. Awards and accolades are numerous for the Schattners. In 2006 they were Archibald Prize finalists. The painting 'He’ll never be famous but he doesn’t give a damn, he’s a musician,' earned them first prize at the 2009 Chianciano Biennale in Tuscany, Italy. Their life-like fiberglass sculptural piece, Bondi Coffee Dog, appeared in the Florence Biennale in the same year. Stretching controversy further is their work, If Jesus was alive today he would be a skateboarder, which featured in the inaugural 2009 Blake Prize Director’s Cut, an online exhibition. Gillie and Marc have also featured work in 2012, 2015 and 2016 Sculptures by the Sea at Bondi Beach where they won the People’s Choice and Kids Choice Awards in 2016, for Shandu, Buried Rhino. With over 20 years of collaboration, Gillie and Marc’s works have received acclaim worldwide and are held in collections both nationally and internationally. EXHIBITION HISTORY: Palm Beach Modern and Contemporary on January 10-13, 2019. PROVENANCE: Lilac Gallery Collection. This original artwork includes a Certificate of Authenticity issued by the Gallery. The piece is signed by the artists.

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  • Movement & Style
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 28 in. x W 14.25 in. x D 19.25 in.H 71.12 cm x W 36.2 cm x D 48.9 cm
  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU9822187313
  • Seller Reference Number
    001703
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