Earning a BFA and studying on two different MFA courses clearly gave Marion Peck a love of the old masters. It’s from this bottomless well of creativity that she has drawn inspiration for Animals: Recent Paintings, on display at Los Angeles’ Michael Kohn Gallery.
Peck’s particular style in this collection is a blend of Renaissance realism and pop-arty surrealism, riffing on or subverting painterly masterpieces with an injection of humour through the anthropomorphisation of her characters or their cross-breeding with more contemporary peers; see for example Wabbit, her take on Albrecht Durer’s 1503 hare portrait spliced with the DNA of a certain Disney bunny.
It’s a mixture of technique and tomfoolery that is disarming and charming, the expertly realised landscapes and vegetation surrounding bug-eyed and buck-toothed beasts, some gazing stoically, others letting their emotions show in human expressions of sorrow. Enjoy this peculiar safari until 27th April at the Beverly Boulevard venue.