Australiana/Still Life [SERIES] art series by , 2003 - 2011

Australiana/Still Life [SERIES], 2003 - 2011

  • Marian Drew
    Lorikeet with Green Cloth, 2006

    85 × 127 cm
    $4,500
  • Marian Drew
    Wallaby with Tarpaulin, 2006

    85 × 107 cm
    $4,500
  • Marian Drew
    Magpie with Limes, 2006

    85 × 110 cm
    $4,500
  • Marian Drew
    Magpie with Paw Paw, 2005

    85 × 110 cm
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    Marian Drew
    Rozella in alabaster bowl, 2005

    75 × 90 cm
    $4,300
  • Marian Drew
    Swamp hen with candle, 2005

    75 × 93.75 cm

    SOLD

  • Marian Drew
    Wombat and Watermelon, 2005

    90 × 110 cm
    $4,300
  • Marian Drew
    Pelican with Turnips, 2004

    85 × 107 cm
    $4,500
  • Marian Drew
    Penguin with Enamel Jug, 2004

    85 × 107 cm
    $4,500
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Artist profile

Marian Drew

Marian Drew’s photographs explore the human-centric view of animals as disposable commodities – symbols of wealth to be enjoyed and controlled. Influenced by seventeenth-century Dutch still lifes, Drew arranges tableaux of native animal road kill lying on starched white tablecloths alongside fruit, vegetables and utensils. She photographs them in the dark, then strokes the scene with light as if her torch was a paintbrush. The resulting near religious images ensure that the animals’ senseless deaths do not go unnoticed and unmarked.

In other more playful works Drew contrasts manufactured ideas of beauty with the splendour of nature. She pieces together porcelain figurines to make ridiculous teetering structures then superimposes their cameo-shaped photographs onto pictures of tranquil landscapes.

Drew’s work is held by the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and in major state and national Australian galleries. She was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to photograph 2006 Australian of the Year, scientist Ian Frazer.