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Nov 3, 2014
Classic portraits of innocence and pop-culture by Bethany Marchman
Bethany Marchman is an artist from Atlanta, Georgia, who creates classic looking oil paintings portraying subjects from popular and kitsch culture. The paintings, often surrounded by beautiful vintage frames, have a classic feel due to the dramatic use of light and shadow. I love how Bethany portrays animals in her work, and how she uses a dark color palette to give her pieces an eerie, mysterious vibe....
See the article here!: http://www.bleaq.com/2014/bethany-marchman
Interview in TATTOOFEST Magazine, Poland. (In Polish) 2013
Bethany Marchman’s Latest Pop Surrealist Visions
by Nastia Voynovskaya Posted on August 21, 2012
After a summer hiatus, New York’s Bold Hype Gallery will re-open for Bethany Marchman‘s solo show, “Bless Your Heart.” The pop surrealist painter has a penchant for portraiture, placing childlike figures and animals in a somber world where a storybook sense of innocence seems to be lost. Marchman has created new paintings this year that cast her children and animals as early 20th-century circus freaks — tattoos, boa constrictors and theater set-like props beg questions about illusion and its underlying danger and potential cruelty.
Bethany Marchman’s Bless Your Heart at Bold Hype Gallery
Here at the Worley Gig, we are especially fond of the contemporary art that embraces both the dark and the darkly humorous. Perhaps this is the reason we are really digging the latest exhibit over at Bold Hype Gallery: Bethany Marchman’s Bless Your Heart. According to Marchman’s bio, the artist aims “to create parallels between innocence and influence / history and popular culture. [Her] paintings are reflections of the awkward changes we experience as individuals and as a society, while questioning whether or not growth is synonymous with improvement.” Interesting!
Dealing largely with the anthropomorphism of animals, this new series is both playful and morbid. We just love it! Marchman’s use of traditional oils in a primarily dark color palette lends a renaissance feel to her work; one which is further enhanced by each painting’s ornate, gilt frame. So gorgeous! Each painting tells a story that the viewer can make up in his or her head. Here are some of the thoughts I was thinking while I looked at them... (con't)
Interview with X-PRESS Magazine, Perth Australia
Interview about "Panem et Circenses" show at Elements Art Gallery:
"We are all innocent. And we are all damned. And Bethany is a merry go round. She takes us up and down in circles shifting the past into the present, turning adults into children, mutating sadness into happiness, mewing our world in magic. And back. And it’s miraculous the way she’s constantly improving her skills and visions."
See online at http://www.an-mag.com/marching-on-an-interview-with-painter-bethany-marchman/
Art Nouveau Magazine
Atlanta Young Art Collector Article
Are enough younger collectors stepping up in Atlanta?
(On the Martha Wilber and Jay Wiggins collection)
"What they like is distinctly "lowbrow." That's the term willingly embraced by Beep Beep Gallery in Midtown, one of Wilber and Wiggins' preferred haunts. So-called lowbrow art sprang from West Coast underground culture and has since gained international recognition through outlets such as Juxtapoz magazine and the film Beautiful Losers. The names in Wilber and Wiggins' collection – Bethany Marchman, Sam Parker, Dosa Kim – have all passed through Beep Beep and represent the cream of Atlanta's lowbrow crop."
Creative Loafing Atlanta
Q&A / BETHANY MARCHMAN, artist and gallery owner: Rabbit-Hole to
For the Journal-Constitution
By Jonathan Williams
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Atlanta Journal and Constitution
Bethany Marchman's play toys
Pop-savvy artist spreads it around in two local shows
Published 03.12.08By Felicia Feaster
Creative Loafing, Atlanta
"Bethany has the ability to use her trademark innocent, expressive eyes and blood red palette to create works that are adorably demented....
Bethany’s mastery of painting with oils is decidedly intricate and phenomenal and she successfully captures her signature mood in each piece."
Read the whole show review:
Cathy Klein/ Alicia Johnson
"Atomic Pop" review
Look for Bethany in July/ August issue:
"Marchman's paintings pull Margaret Keane's pictures of giant-eyed children out of the kitsch yard sale pile. Steering a tawdry middle course between Mark Ryden and Lisa Yuskavage..."
Art Papers Magazine
bethany marchman - wunderschöne melancholie
Posted on Dienstag, 22 Juni @ 10:54:48 CEST von flameboy
eben erst haben wir über blythe berichtet und nun haben wir hier eine künstlerin, deren figuren doch irgendwie sehr an die süße blythe-puppe erinnern.
bethany marchmann heißt die artistin und auf ihren bilder sind immer wieder mädchen mit riesengroß melancholischen augen und traurigen gesichtern.
einerseits sehen die bilder sehr comicmäßig aus, aber auch immer sehr tragisch, so dass die presse auch von tragi-comic sprach. ich kann nur sagen, dass ich die bilder auf ihre art einfach wunderschön finde, mich aber dann nach einigerzeit auch wieder nach einem lächeln sehne...
für ausflug in die melancholie bitte hier entlang
"Bethany Marchman's trippy, beautifully rendered paintings put a woman's spin on Mark Ryden-style big-eyed waifs."
Creative Loafing Atlanta
Sex & The Suburbanal
"PG-13," paintings by Bethany Marchman. At Hole in the Wall
"...even as her images coyly amuse, they are surprisingly arresting, even tragi-comic, in the kind of lightly ironic way that comes as naturally to this Winter Park, Floridian as, say, austere woodsy landscapes did to the Wyeths."
"Marchman shares her predilections principally with John Currin and Lisa Yuskavage."
Lizzie Zucker Saltz
Lizzie Zucker Saltz