View of “Linda Marrinon,” 2016.

Linda Marrinon

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

View of “Linda Marrinon,” 2016.

Linda Marrinon has been exhibiting for over three decades. Fresh from art school in the early 1980s, she saw her pictorial works swiftly embraced by an Australian art scene flush with the spirit of postmodernism. Back then, her practice combined cartoonish social types, childlike text, and jokey invocations of late-modernist abstraction, often infused with a wry feminist humor. Her current work is less easy to match with contemporary art trends.

In the late ’90s, the artist began transferring her facility with comic-strip drawing to three-dimensional art. At the same time, she embarked on a serious study of classical nineteenth-century sculpture and the technical innovations of Rodin, Degas, and Aimé-Jules Dalou. The results were distilled in 2006 when Marrinon began to show editions of enchanting small figures and busts in tinted and painted plaster, terra-cotta, and bronze.

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