Reviews

“Marian Bingham, better known simply as Bing, creates idyllic landscapes populated by horses. These recent paintings continue to investigate the relationship between dreamscape and the less magical landscape of the waking hours. Yet, they remain a part of the classic vocabulary of landscape painting and thus evoke painting’s long history in rendering nature. Though born in California, her work quotes her study of Oriental art and the experience of having lived for many years in Asia, where she stayed in Hong Kong and Manilla. This information is not lost in her delicate brushwork, with its bold and direct contrasts between the paper’s whiteness and the charged areas of color. Using a palette dominated by reds, blues and yellows, Bing’s paintings demonstrate the power of line and color to deliver an emotional punch regardless of subject matter. In fact, though her subject matter appears common, the works have a “personal” content that bears on our viewing. Unlike the many horse paintings of Susan Rothenberg, Bing’s horses often carry lone figures. These expressionistic and colorful figures further accentuate the character of nature as a personification of human beings. With a gritty repertoire of lines and shapes, Bing’s paintings suggest a detached enjoyment in the ever-evolving narrative of humanity in nature.”

Franklin Sirmans
Freelance writer, curator and former editor of Flash Art,2000


“…the colours and the tactile quality are marvelous. So much more luminous than the postcards; as always….had a great time trying to figure out how you do your paintings…”

Robyn Behring, AMSCAM


“Absolutely marvelous. Those postcard reproductions just do not do the paintings justice at all. The colours, composition, everything was amazing. I found myself reacting to them on a real gut level. We really enjoyed ourselves. Thank you so much, we are looking forward to the next show in the area.”

Robyn Behring, AMSCAM


“[The] paradoxical character of…paintings—a delicate balance of description and abstraction, idea and image, process and product—is their strength.”

Lisa Lyons and Robert Storr


“Electronic imaging is changing art. Watching T.V. graphics, computerized marks and mechanized images of the natural world our eyes accept what our minds expect to be totally ‘real’. Inspired by these new ways of seeing, Bing’s surreal images evolve through the abstraction of natural objects via the computer and/or photographic print.”

Zilkha Galleries’ Statement 1994 by Brad Hubbell