Maria Rivans 

 

Maria Rivans is a contemporary British artist, known for her scrapbook-style collage aesthetic. A mash-up of Surrealism meets Pop-Art, Rivans’s work re-appropriates vintage ephemera to create dreamy realms, which transport the viewer into fantastical worlds of the imaginary, each one suffused with vivid colour, arresting imagery, intricate detail, and finished with a dusting of subtle humour.

Rivans studied 3D design at the University of Brighton, before turning to jewellery design and setting up her own workshop. But an aptitude for the visual arts was in her blood: growing up with her Italian family in Essex, hours of her childhood were devoted to drawing and doodling, listening to music, covering her bedroom walls with film and pop heroes, while she soaked up the televisual culture that would come to form her greatest influence.

The visual artists who have defined Rivans’ work include: Max Ernst; Frida Kahlo; Robert Rauschenberg; Richard Hamilton; David Hockney; Sarah Lucas; and Tracey Emin. Yet her influences are not limited to the visual arts: music, film and fashion have helped define her aesthetic, with the likes of David Bowie, Vivienne Westwood, Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch having a huge impact on her practice.

Rivans’ artwork is known for its unique approach to collaging. Intertwining different film and TV genres – from vintage Hollywood, to 1970s sci-fi, B-movies and TV trash – Rivans’ work is in a constant dialogue with cultures of the past, reinventing existing film plots and narratives, while spinning bizarre and dreamlike tales. Her use of collage reflects the complex and fragmented world from which the art arises, but an attention to beauty and to harmony of composition gestures optimistically towards the social capacity to piece it back together again. In her pin-up series, Rivans reclaims iconic femininity to champion female strength; her exotic and escapist works are often laced with ominous undertones, to remind us of the darker side of human nature; utopian imagery from 1950s pop-culture speaks to today’s obsession with consumerism; while a persistent love of sci-fi illustrates the fact that Rivans’ work is always a meditation on the greater question of ‘life, the universe, and everything’.

Rivans’ process begins with her extensive collection of vintage ephemera, which she scavenges from antique books and retro magazines, always on the look-out for that perfect ‘something’ in second-hand shops and at market stalls. Like piecing together an unruly jigsaw puzzle, Rivans begins to collate and assemble the skilfully cut-out fragments and scraps, labouring over long periods and making alteration after alteration, until the collage begins to take shape. Through an intense attention to detail and an artistic sensitivity to colour and composition, each of Rivans’ artworks is the product of months of careful deliberations and decisions, every tiny tweak necessary in the final formation. Rivans’ work takes the form of both large-scale originals and limited edition prints, and notable series’ have included: pin-ups; landscapes; film stills; and 3D box collages.

Maria works from her studio in Brighton: a kooky building, purpose built as a small cinema in 1911. She exhibits work throughout the UK as well as internationally, including Hong Kong, New York and across Europe. Notable solo shows include the Saatchi Gallery, London, and Galerie Bhak, Seoul. In 2015, Rivans was invited to show at Christies, London, for their ‘Out of the Ordinary’ sale. Pin- up portrait ‘Lady Valentina’ is used as the campaign image for both the London and Milan affordable art fairs; ‘Carina’, the face of the Scoop International Fashion Show at Saatchi for 2015; and ‘Scarlett’ heads the Nordea Private Banking campaign for Stockholm Affordable Art Fair.

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Persia (Jean Simmons)
Limited Edition Giclée with Diamond Dust and Spot Varnish
Ed of 100
Size Framed: 690mm x 530mm
POA

BETTERLIGHT_245, 01/06/2017, 11:32, 8C, 5678x7981 (94+4), 100%, Oct 5th -2013 , 1/12 s, R26.4, G6.2, B31.9

Isabella
(Marta Toren)

Limited Edition Giclee and Screenprint with hand finished silver foiling and spot varnishes
(Ed of 50)
Size Framed: 800mm x 1100mm
POA

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Mrs Smith
Lenticular Print
Edition of 25
Size Framed: 615mm x 815mm
POA
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Angelique
(Arleen Whelan)
Limited Edition Giclee and Screenprint with Iridescent Green and Spot Varnish
Edition of 50
Framed: 750mm x 1000mm
POA

Natural Highs I

Giclee and Screenprint with Varnish. Edition of 50
Unframed: 480mm x 590mm
POA

Natural highs II
Giclee and Screenprint with Varnish. Edition of 50
Size Unframed: 480mm x 590mm
POA

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Miss Cordelia
(Jean Simmons)

Limited Edition Giclee and Screenprint
(Ed of 75)
Size Framed: 565mm x 765mm
POA

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Camille
(Greta Garbo)

Giclèe and screen print with iridescent blue to gold blend and varnish
Edition of 60
Size Framed: 985mm x 1320mm
POA

BETTERLIGHT_233, 08/09/2017, 11:19, 8C, 5420x7516 (147+264), 100%, Custom, 1/8 s, R78.7, G59.9, B94.9

Eliza
(Gene Tierney)

Limited Edition Giclee and Screenprint with Iridescent Blue, French Glass and and High gloss spot varnishes
(Ed of 50)
Size Framed: 800mm x 1080mm
POA

BETTERLIGHT_218, 05/09/2017, 14:32, 8C, 5566x7754 (124+148), 100%, Custom, 1/8 s, R92.8, G74.4, B101.9

Aveline
(Lauren Bacall)

Framed Original Collage
Size Framed: 820mm x 1120mm
SOLD

BETTERLIGHT_222, 27/10/2017, 14:21, 8C, 5654x7819 (248+177), 100%, Custom, 1/8 s, R67.5, G49.2, B81.7

Connie
(Veronica Lake)

Framed Original Collage
Size Framed: 820mm x 1120mm
SOLD

BETTERLIGHT_223, 27/10/2017, 14:45, 8C, 5654x7819 (248+177), 100%, Custom, 1/8 s, R67.5, G49.2, B81.7

Freya
(Ruth Hussey)

Framed Original Collage
Size Framed: 820mm x 1120mm
SOLD

BETTERLIGHT_221, 27/10/2017, 13:42, 8C, 5654x7819 (248+177), 100%, Custom, 1/8 s, R67.5, G49.2, B81.7

Joy
(Jean Simmons)

Framed Original Collage
Size Framed: 820mm x 1120mm
SOLD

BETTERLIGHT_245, 06/11/2017, 10:52, 8C, 4858x6950 (89+492), 100%, Oct 5th -2013 , 1/20 s, R23.0, G3.3, B30.0

Amelia
(Audrey Hepburn)
– Special Edition GOLD –
Limited Edition Giclee and Screenprint with 22 carat gold leaf, silver ink and spot varnish
(Ed of 10)
Size Framed: 870mm x 1200mm
SOLD OUT

LDe_2015__395, 22/12/2015, 12:08, 8C, 4350x5870 (42+60), 75%, Oct 5th -2013 , 1/8 s, R25.7, G4.6, B28.4

Gretchen
(Loretta Young)

Giclèe and screen print with iridescent gold
Edition of 50
Size Framed: 845mm x 1130mm
SOLD OUT

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Subdiego
Signed limited edition giclee and screenprint
Edition of 50
Size Framed: 480mm x 570mm
POA

Miss BakerSP 2MB

Miss Baker
(Audrey Hepburn)

Limited Edition Giclee and Screenprint
(Ed of 75)
Size Framed: 565mm x 765mm
SOLD OUT

amelia

Amelia
(Audrey Hepburn)

Limited Edition Giclee and Screenprint with Iridescent Gold and Spot Varnish
(Ed of 50)
Size Unframed: 700mm x 1000mm
SOLD OUT

Alouette
(Ava Gardner)
Limited Edition Giclee Print with Original Collage
Edition of 100
Size Framed: 480mm x 570mm
SOLD OUT

Edie
(Audrey Hepburn)

Giclee and Screenprint with Iridescent Blue to Gold Blend Varnish
Edition of 60
Size Unframed: 870mm x 1210mm
SOLD OUT

Princess Freemont
(Grace Kelly)
Limited Edition 
Giclee and Screenprint with Iridescent Green and Spot Varnish.
Edition of 50
Size Framed: 820mm x 1110mm
SOLD OUT

Scarlett

Giclee and Screenprint with Iridescent Green and Spot Varnish
Size Unframed 640mm x 890mm
SOLD OUT

Tora
(Sophia Loren)
Limited Edition Giclee Print with Original Collage
Edition of 100
Size Framed: 480mm x 570mm
SOLD OUT

Carina
(Rita Hayworth)
Limited Edition Giclee and Screenprint with Iridescent Green and Spot Varnish
Edition of 50
Framed: 750mm x 1000mm
SOLD OUT

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