GILLIE AND MARC

About Gillie and Marc

‘The world depends on contemporary artists to challenge life as we know it. We, the contemporary artist pull apart the world, so it can be put back together as something different.’

As husband and wife, Gillie and Marc are Australian contemporary artists who collaborate to create art as one, applying the iconic imagery of the dog/human hybrid to celebrate the powerful spiritual relationship that exists between man and animal. Gillie and Marc reference their own remarkable love story in their works, perpetuating a pursuit of happiness and encouraging us to challenge the status quo and the perceived safety of societal convention. Gillie and Marc’s unparalleled love is the cornerstone of what they are and of what they create. Meeting in Hong Kong, she was a nurse from England and he, a boy from the ‘burbs’ of Melbourne. Wanting only to find a soul-mate with which to share their passions for art, travel and adventure, seven days later they were married at the foothills of Mount Everest. They not only share an unsurpassed dedication to their art but also love for their two children, whom Gillie describes as their ‘best friends’ – along with their mutt, Moby, of course.

Bio

With a 20 year history of collaboration, Gillie and Marc’s works have received acclaim worldwide and are held in collections both nationally and internationally.

As husband and wife, Gillie and Marc collaborate to create art as one, applying the iconic imagery of the dog/human hybrid to celebrate the powerful spiritual relationship that exists between man and animal.

Gillie and Marc reference their own remarkable love story in their works, perpetuating a pursuit of happiness and encouraging us to challenge the status quo and the perceived safety of societal convention.Gillie and Marc’s unparalleled love is the cornerstone of what they are and of what they create.Meeting in Hong Kong, she was a nurse from England and he, a boy from the ‘burbs’ of Melbourne. Wanting only to find a soul-mate with which to share their passions for art, travel and adventure, seven days later they were married at the foothills of Mount Everest. They not only share an unsurpassed dedication to their art but also love for their two children, whom Gillie describes as their ‘best friends’ – along with their mutt, Moby, of course.

 

Initially, Gillie and Marc painted and designed, but have now become very interested in sculpture – creating commissioned works for: Australia Zoo; Sydney Children’s Hospital; Australian Red Cross Blood Service; Hilton Hotel Singapore; and McDonald’s Corporate Headquarters in Singapore; and recently the Ying Ren Four Seasons Hotel in Beijing. They produce sculptures in a variety of mediums including bronze, brass, steel, wood, fibreglass and polyresin. Awards and accolades are numerous for the Schattner’s. In 2006 they were Archibald Prize finalists. He’ll never be famous but he doesn’t give a damn, he’s a musician, a painting, earned them first prize at the 2009 Chianciano Biennale, set in Tuscany. This work features a Dalmatian dog/man hybrid, playing guitar. Their life-like fibreglass sculptural piece, Bondi Coffee Dog, appeared in the Florence Biennale in the same year. Stretching controversy further is their work, If Jesus was alive today he would be a skateboarder, which featured in the inaugural 2009 Blake Prize Director’s Cut, an online exhibition. Gillie and Marc will also feature work in the 2012 Sculptures by the Sea at Bondi Beach.

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013 Coffee with friends, Frances Keevil Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2013 We are one, Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral, NSW

2012 Go dogs go, Rex-Livingston Art Dealer, Sydney, NSW

2012 Animal Attraction, Linton and Kay Contemporary, Perth, WA

2011 Wild at heart, Richard Martin Art, Sydney, NSW

2011 The road less travelled, Linton and Kay Contemporary, Perth, WA

2010 Returning to the animal within, Nexus Modern Art, Melbourne, VIC

2009 The dog in us all, Linton and Kay Contemporary, Perth, WA

2009 I love my dog and my dog loves me, Richard Martin Art, Sydney, NSW

2008 Wishful Thinking, Linton and Kay Contemporary, Perth, WA

2007 Modern Addictions, Libby Edwards, Melbourne, VIC

2007 New Paintings, Libby Edwards, QLD

2006 Creature Comforts, Libby Edwards, Sydney, NSW

2005 Life can’t wait, Darling Park Gallery, Sydney, NSW (travelling exhibition around Australia)

1999 Sex in the city, New York, USA

1996 Circus, New York, USA

1994 Expats, The Substation, Singapore

1993 Blue-eyed view, The Substation, Singapore

1992 Eat Me, Singapore

1990 Friends, Hong Kong

1984 Travels, Belgium

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014 Swell Sculpture Festival, Currumbin Beach, QLD

2013 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Finalist, Woollahra Municipal Council, Sydney, NSW

2013 Morrison Gallery, New York, USA

2013 Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral, NSW

2013 Frances Keevil Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2013 Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral, NSW

2013 Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC

2013 Sculpture by the sea, ‘Inside’, Cottesloe, WA

2012 Sculpture by the sea, Bondi Beach, Sydney, NSW

2012 Yering Station, VIC

2011 Mosman Art Prize Finalist, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2011 Charlatan Ink Art Prize, The Carlton Arms, New York, USA

2010 Florence Biennale artists of Australia, ‘Contemporanea’ Smart Artz Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2010 BSG General Art Prize Finalist, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2010 London Biennale, Gagliardi Gallery, London, UK

2009 The Blake Prize Directors Cut Exhibition, Sydney, NSW

2009 The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, The South Australian Museum, Adelaide, SA

2009 Florence Biennale, Florence, Italy

2009 Biennale di Chianciano, Tuscany, Italy

2008 Summer Exhibition, Linton and Kay Contemporary, Perth, WA

2008 Sunshine Coast Art Prize Finalist, Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, QLD

2007 New Paintings, Libby Edwards, Brisbane, QLD

2007 Mosman Art Prize Finalist, Mosman Art Gallery, NSW

2007 Water, Libby Edwards, Brisbane, QLD

2006 Blake Exceptions Exhibition, Chase Contemporary & Tribal Arts Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2006 New Paintings, Libby Edwards, Melbourne, VIC

2006 Archibald Prize Finalist, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW

2006 Corporate Art Burleigh, QLD

2000 Mamaroneck Artist Guild, New York, USA

1998 Mamaroneck Artist Guild, New York, USA

1997 Asian Scenes, Singapore

 

COMMISSIONED WORK

2014 Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC

2014 District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula, Cummins, SA

2014 Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, QLD

2014 Boulia Shire Council, QLD

2014 Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council, QLD

2013 Mini Paceman, Sydney, NSW

2013 Latrobe Council, TAS

2013 Hastings District Council, New Zealand

2013 Newcrest Mining, NSW

2013 Weddin Shire Council, NSW

2013 Bland Shire, NSW

2013 Healesville Sanctuary, VIC

2013 Paroo Shire Council, QLD

2013 Gladstone Park Shopping Centre, VIC

2013 Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Indiana, USA

2013 City of Vincent, Beaufort Street, Perth, WA

2013 Lake Macquarie City Council, NSW

2013 101 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC

2013 St Lucy’s School, Sydney, NSW

2013 Mosman Preparatory School, Sydney, NSW

2012 Chada, Ying Ren Hotel, Beijing, China

2012 Wellington Zoo, New Zealand

2012 Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, TAS

2012 Australia Zoo, QLD

2012 Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, QLD

2012 Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Indiana, USA

2012 Dubbo City Council, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo Regional Airport, NSW

2012 National Zoo and Aquarium, ACT

2012 Ballarat Zoo, VIC

2012 Sydney Children’s Hospital, Sydney, NSW

2005 Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Sydney, NSW

2000 Hilton Hotel, Singapore

2000 Mcdonald’s Corporate Headquarters, Singapore

Dr Martens, Mercedes, Friends of the Earth, The Philharmonic Orchestra, Smile Foundation,

Black Dog Institute, Eric Bana, Bryce Courtenay

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula, Cummins SA; Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, QLD; Boulia Shire Council, QLD; Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council, QLD; Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC; Hastings District Council, NZ; Emanuel School, Sydney, NSW; St Lucy’s School, Sydney, NSW; Newcrest Mining Limited, NSW; Adelaide Central Plaza, SA; Weddin Shire Council, NSW; Lake Macquarie, NSW; City of Vincent, Beaufort Street, Perth, WA; 101 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC; Healesville Sanctuary, VIC; Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, QLD; National Zoo and Aquarium, ACT; Ballarat Wildlife Park, VIC; Dubbo City Council, NSW; Australia Zoo, QLD; Woollahra Council, Sydney, NSW; Ying Ren Hotel, Beijing, China; Maitland Regional Gallery, NSW; McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park, VIC; Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, TAS; Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Indiana, USA; Sydney Children’s Hospital, Sydney, NSW; Bland Shire, NSW; Paroo Shire Council, QLD; Latrobe Council, TAS; Cranbrook School, Sydney, NSW; Gladstone Park Shopping Centre, Melbourne, VIC; Black Dog Institute, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, NSW; Smile Foundation, Sydney, NSW; Darling Park, Sydney, NSW; Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, SA; Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, NSW; CQUniversity Australia; Mosman Preparatory School, Sydney, NSW; The Hilton Group, Singapore; Mcdonald’s, Singapore; Private collections in Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK, Italy, France, Spain, Hong Kong, Japan, Indonesia and Singapore.

 

AWARDS

2013 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Finalist, Woollahra Municipal Council, Sydney, NSW

2012 Sculpture by the sea Finalist, Bondi Beach, Sydney, NSW

2011 Mosman Art Prize Finalist, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2011 Charlatan Ink Art Prize Finalist, The Carlton Arms, New York, USA

2011 Prometheus Visual Art Exhibition Finalist, Gold Coast, QLD

2010 BSG General Art Prize Finalist, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2009 Winner of Biennale di Chianciano, Tuscany, Italy

2009 The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize Finalist, Adelaide, SA

2008 Sunshine Coast Art Prize Finalist, Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, QLD

2007 Mosman Art Prize Finalist, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2006 Archibald Prize Finalist, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW

1999 Mamaroneck Art Prize Finalist, New York, USA

1998 Cannes Advertising Festival for Scotch Brite and Ben Wear

1994 Winner of Singapore Creative Circle Art Prize

Books by Gillie and Marc at Etching House, New book released titled GILLIE AND MARC – 20 years of marriage and art – A coffee table book – $79.95 – plus reviews and media.

 

PUPLIC SCULPTURE

Gillie and Marc have been creating public sculptures for many years. They are committed to the idea that artworks should be enjoyed by the community at large. Taking sculpture out of the galleries and museums and into the public realm is an invaluable part of our cultural tradition as well as an important public service. Gallery artworks are wonderful but for most people they are not accessible. Having worked on many large scale public works Gillie and Marc have seen the overwhelming contribution that public art can make to the each unique community, whilst enhancing the environment in a physical and social way.