Marie Mansfield

AS IT IS

17 November — 27 November 2021

Lives and works in Sydney

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Marie Mansfield is an artist who finds the beauty in the minor moments of our existence. She sharpens our focus, inviting us to consider her still life compositions on a deeply intimate level. 

Mansfield’s works reflect the subtle echoes of the scenes less remembered. She establishes a narrative leaving gaps, allowing the viewer to impose their own experiences onto the picture plane. For the most part, her scenes are bare; filled only with a deafening silence. There is an absence of human life, although traces have been left behind—hints of an interaction. The remnants linger in her spaces. We become voyeurs, peering into the private lives of others.  

At the same time, there is a familiarity to her painted scenes. As viewers, we feel as though we might have been there before—rested in her chair, dined from her plate and walked her streets. There is a grander narrative at play and Mansfield invites us to consider the history attached to that moment—to consider all that we have not seen. We delve into the artist’s works to find her paintings imbued with an air of mystery.  

There is a gentle tonality to Mansfield’s work. Much can be attributed to the influence of Clarice Beckett’s evocative landscapes—her subdued palette and muted edges arousing feelings of nostalgia. Viewing Mansfield’s work, we become immersed in the sensory impressions of the artist’s everyday world. Through her sensitive consideration of objects and her thoughtful compositions, a sense of intimacy is created. By contrasting light and shadow, Mansfield’s stills have at once a noiresque uneasiness and are breathtakingly beautiful. 

Mansfield was awarded the Portia Geach Memorial Prize in 2021. Her work has also been celebrated in numerous other art prizes including the Archibald Prize, Percival Prize, Moran Prize, Kilgour Prize and Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award. 

Nicole Hauser
November, 2021

\ Exhibition featured works

Marie Mansfield

Canvas day one, Bundanon

2021 \ Oil on board \ 40 x 50cm

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Damaged Goods

2021 \ Oil on board \ 35 x 40cm

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Monday

2021 \ Oil on board \ 31 x 31cm

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Nocturne shadows

2021 \ Oil on board \ 51 x 40cm

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One eyed dog

2021 \ Oil on board \ 40 x 40cm

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Painters tape

2021 \ Oil on board \ 40 x 40cm

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Perfect Imperfect

2021 \ Oil on board \ 31 x 31cm

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Quiet Days

2021 \ Oil on board \ 70 x 60cm

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Quiet cafe

2021 \ Oil on board \ 40 x 35cm

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Reservation at the window

2021 \ Oil on board \ 60 x 50cm

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Shopfront at night

2021 \ Oil on board \ 40 x 35cm

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Suntrap

2021 \ Oil on board \ 70 x 60cm

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The Commute

2021 \ Oil on board \ 70 x 60cm

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The days between

2021 \ Oil on linen \ 102 x 76cm

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Tissue box

2021 \ Oil on board \ 40 x 35cm

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Wednesday

2021 \ Oil on board \ 31 x 31cm

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disenchanted

2021 \ Oil on board \ 70 x 60cm

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the last motel in town

2021 \ Oil on board \ 50 x 60cm

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the road home

2021 \ Oil on board \ 40 x 50cm

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Marie Mansfield exhibition | AS IT IS

17 November 2021

We are thrilled to present the 2021 Portia Geach Prize winner, Marie Mansfield in the Nanda\Hobbs Project Space with As It Is—on show until 27 November

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\ Other exhibitions

Tony Mighell

salt.water.oil

1 December — 11 December 2021

Braddon Snape

Things are not as they appear (smoke and mirrors)

1 December — 11 December 2021

Jonathan Dalton

This brutal, muted serenity

16 November — 27 November 2021

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12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm Saturday, 11am - 4pm COVID Safe Check-in: As part of the Nanda\Hobbs COVID safety plan, all visitors to the gallery must sign in via the Service NSW QR code.