We are so excited to introduce our latest artist Marina Dunbar! Born in Minsk, Belarus in 1992, Marina moved to the states when she was nine years old. In 2016 she graduated with a BFA from Columbus State University. Her watercolor and ink paintings are re nature-based abstractions driven by an exploration of movement, color, harmony, and balance – all inspired by the aesthetics of floral x-ray photography, developed by a radiologist in the 1930’s. These minimal and reductive photographs, document plant forms resulting in a poetic merge of art and science – and to Marina, convey an intrinsic beauty.Within each botanical painting, Marina seeks a level of reservation as well as an embrace of spontaneity. She works with the medium, manipulating and twisting the paint, ultimately letting gravity shape the lines and forms that start to resemble organic elements. As We are so inspired by Marina’s work as well as the thought process influencing every painting it had us itching to learn more about the artist both personally and professionally. Enjoy getting to know our newest artist who is as lovely as she is talented!
What is currently on your nightstand?
A book I recently finished, Grit by Angela Duckworth.
Who is your biggest influence as an artist and why?
Working for artists has been my biggest influence. I worked as an assistant to two artists for 4 years and it was an invaluable experience. I learned a lot about the professional practice, much of which is not taught in art school.
If you could only have one supply in your art studio, what would it be and why?
Watercolor, it’s simple and versatile.
What is your favorite room in your house? Describe it.
My studio. We recently relocated to a loft in downtown Charleston. The minimal design of the space makes it perfect for an art studio with its large windows, tall walls and concrete floors.
What is the benefit of buying art through a collective? What do you recommend for those that are new to buying original art?
I would recommend collecting work that inspires you. The art you choose will leave an impression on you every day. It should elevate your mood and peak your curiosity.
If you have the entire day to spend in an art museum, which one and why?
The Met in New York. It’s historical, classical, contemporary and everything in between, you can explore it for days.
What is your favorite hotel and what makes it special?
The Westin Hotel in Atlanta. I surprised my husband with a trip to Atlanta years ago where we stayed at the Westin and it has been our special spot ever since. Also, I love how its unique architecture stands out in the Atlanta skyline.
I can never get on a plane without….
How did you get into the world of art?
I went to school for art and I worked as an assistant for two artists. Working closely with professional artists was an eye-opening and inspiring experience which led me to become an artist myself.
When do you get the biggest surge of inspiration?
When I feel like I’m breaking new ground with a painting. It is the sense of discovery and optimism that fuels my progression.
Prediction for the Color of 2019?
What is your idea of a date night? Dinner and a movie or dancing all night?
Going to several art openings and a quiet dinner after.
Tell us about your favorite painting that you have created.
My favorite painting changes with each new series but at the moment I think my most successful painting is Bloomed Blue. I feel that I reached a deeper understanding of color and movement in this painting.
One piece of advice for buying original art?
I would recommend collecting artwork that adds to your personal experience. It’s not important how art matches décor or furniture. I think each piece should stand out in a unique way. If you consistently collect work with which you have a relationship eventually all art will start to display a harmony deeper than it’s visual elements. And through that, you may discover something about yourself.
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