Marion Llewellyn lives, works, and thrives in Vancouver. She was born and educated in the United Kingdom, graduating with a B.A. Honours from Manchester College of Art and Design, followed by Post Graduate in Critical Studies. After working in London for several years, she emigrated directly to Vancouver and continued working as an artist and designer and subsequent university professor. Her large format posters are with the National Archives in Ottawa. She has been profiled in Novum Gerbrauschgraphik from Berlin, translated into five languages. Her commissions range from the Provincial and Federal Governments of Canada, including the B.C. Expo Pavillion for the World's Fair—through to cultural institutions and individual clients. She has received numerous awards of excellence, acknowledging artistic accomplishment and originality of thought. Marion's art has been shown in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.
2017 River Crossings
Permanent Arts Foundation Lion’s Gate Hospital N. Vancouver
06 – 11 Gallery Artists
The Bellevue Art Gallery Vancouver
02 Heart Conditions
Artisan Gallery Vancouver
95 The Book Writ large
Arts Council Gallery Vancouver
95 Work in Progress
Capilano University Gallery
96 Current Works
Fraser Valley University Gallery
88 Electronic Wilderness
Richmond Theatre Gallery
80 - 94 Graph X
87 Film Festival Posters Paris
79 West Coast Show
79 Photo Silkscreen
Contemporary Art Gallery Vancouver
78 Silkscreen on Canvas
Presentation House Gallery N.Vancouver
77 Flaming Duck Gallery
74 Blindly following Oldenburg
D'Abreu Gallery London
73 Best Nudes ever
D'Abreu Gallery London
72 Karl Marx’s mushrooms
D’Abreu Gallery London
Cape Breton Department of Fisheries: Canadian Federal Government
Commemorative Poster Expo 86 Canadian Federal and Provincial Government
BC Pavillion Canadian Provincial and Federal Government
Magnus Multi Media Los Angeles
Simon Fraser University School of Contemporary Arts
Centre for the Arts Simon Fraser University
Musson Cattell Mackey Architects Vancouver
Durante Kreuk Landscape Architects Vancouver
Forestry Commission Vancouver
Bloomingdales New York
Vancouver Playhouse Vancouver
Stone Feather Music Vancouver
Dream Dead Press Vancouver
ART + DESIGN Vancouver
Big Picture Art Vancouver
Visual AIDs London
SocioPACK Publishing London
Face Photo London
City Council of London
The first semester of art college forever changed the way I perceived and conceived of the visual world around me. I learnt a new vocabulary and eventually a new language during my art education, a challenging, mysterious language that’s embedded into the lone forays of carte blanche expression. The learning arc continues.
High Wycombe College of Art & Design, UK 1965-66
Manchester College of Art & Design, UK 1966-69
Post Graduate Critical Studies
Flaming Duck Design 1990/2000
Silk screen workshops and working accomplishment in the major graphics software programs for digital
imagery, photography, and print making.
Capilano University, North Vancouver, Canada 1994/96
Creative Writing: Dean's List
Jim Rimmer: MasterTypographer 1996/1998
Completed a series of workshops for letterpress and imaging making which included wood and linocuts, mono prints, and blind embossing.
The Capilano Review
The Graphex Catalogues
Shaw Cable Vancouver
The Vancouver Sun
The North Shore News
Peace Arch News
Lion’s Gate Hospital Permanent Collection Arts Foundation
St. Paul's Hospital Permanent Collection Arts Foundation
Unite with Art: Vancouver/Toronto/London
Doctors without Borders BC
Hands on Therapy Youth Counselling
Dance in Canada
University of the Fraser Valley
PREVIEW Art Magazine
British Columbia/Alberta/Washington State/Oregon
Marion Llewellyn’s new paintings are alarmingly simple in appearance. Quiet expanses of snow, oblique planes of steel blue, tranquil expanses of mountain, floating feathers—and among them, explosions, eruptions, ominous shadows, and speeding arrows.
Llewellyn is is known for her explorations of the inner landscape in a manner that is simultaneously autobiographical and conceptual. Sixty years later, in Snow Asylum, images of her heritage are emerging: finely sketched medieval goose feather quills and delicately painted references to the ancient fortresses, gates, fences and portcullis still found in Stony Stratford, England where she grew up. Capturing critical psychological moments frame by frame, Llewellyn sets up visual metaphors for her own experience with post-traumatic stress disorder. Snow Asylum explores dichotomies. Snow gives a feeling of desolation and camouflage yet can also appear as serene and comforting as a blanket. Arrows may be weapons or signs of good news; mountains may beguile or threaten. Savage titles like From the Gulag of Bearing Witness, Shock and Awe, and Beyond the Wire show the intensity of the feelings behind the work. The images are as much about a journey through psychological pain as they are narratives of place.
Marion Llewellyn was born and educated in the United Kingdom and graduated with honours from Manchester College of Art and Design. After working for several prestigious publishing houses in England, she emigrated to Canada in 1975 and became a master typographer and seriographer. For almost 20 years she established ART + DESIGN in Vancouver, an art and design company with over 300 awards in Canada and USA.
Mia Johnson October 2011
Novum Gerbraugraphik, Berlin
8pp full colour spread
Marion Llewellyn has not only taken advantage of her unusual and divergent origin and background but also the non traditional and more volatile, [compared to the East Coast] evolution of North American west coast art. The context might be characterized as anything goes. She has been given the opportunity to try unusual and unconventional ideas and images. At the same time one is glad to note that professional attitudes of aesthetics and social responsibility, which take decades to root, are carried along into frontier areas. She is amongst the leading artists in Western Canada, providing an amalgam of the best of the old and new world.
Professor Emeritus Walter Jungkind, Emily Carr University
Commentary from Individual Collectors Includes:
“Marion's work is a playful but a serious blend of social and political commentary, combined with an imaginative and aesthetic quality that pulls her varied themes together into a cogent body of work.
[In Snow Asylum one notices the range of colour palettes according to her subject matters.] Impressive.”
Paul Mier, Professor of Political Science
"Having read Marion’s artist’s statements I was taken with her as a conceptual artist that meets you half way. The paintings then become beautiful artifacts."
Deborah Kara Unger, Actress and Film Director
“great image [re: Trump Portrait ] and delightful words. . . .”
Editor Prairie Fire Magazine
". . . subtle, clever, full of mind & soul. Emotional & intellectual with many psychological goings on. Very human."
Stephen Bett Poet
". . .pouring over the work in detail with all the varying surface tensions, textures and the intricate geography of what some might think is a flat piece of art."
Owen Carey Fine Art Photographer
"The paintings change. Each time we see something altogether different."
Vivienne Taylor Communications Consultant
"The Heads of State/ State of Heads ? Series is beyond the Pop Art of Andy Warhol. It should be viewed as post modern political Art in dynamic form."
Dorinda Neave Art Historian
Teaching is a mutual experience and I was given the opportunity to mentor student artists coming from a diverse background; age, race, religion and life experiences. I learned off the students and at the same time felt an on going clarification of my own voice as imager maker.
The old maxim of if you cant do it teach it. if you can’t teach it become a critic; is very discouraging to all. And it’s my experience that serious students insist on their mandate to question and ultimately carry the torch with their own originality and creativity.
Capilano University, Canada
Design, Typography, Exhibit Design
University of the Fraser Valley, Canada
Painting, Drawing, Design, Typography, Exhibit Design
Envision Sacramento, USA
World Student Design University of Alberta
[representing Canada with artists from Holland and Germany.]
Liberal Arts: The Education of Artists
New York School of Visual Art
University of British Columbia
Art & Design: Frill and Fancy
University of Alberta
Robson Media Centre Vancouver
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Creating Virtual Studios
University of the Fraser Valley