Maria Rivans

About the Artist

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.

Isabella (Marta Toren)
Giclée and Screen Print with Hand Finished Silver Foiling and Spot Varnish
Edition of 50
Size Framed: 800mm x 1100mm
POA

Freya
Gicleé and Screen Print with Iridescent Gold, Pearlized Blue, Diamond Dust and Spot Varnish.
Edition of 60 

Size Framed: 805mm x 1005mm
POA


Eve

Gicleé and Screen Print with Hand Finished Gold Foiling, Iridescent Lilac and  Varnish
Edition of 60 

Size Framed: 980mm x 1320mm

POA

Ava (Audrey Hepburn)
Giclée and Screen Print with Diamond Dust, Iridescent Green and Spot Varnish
Ed of 60
Size Framed: 805mm x 1100mm
POA


Marianne (Anita Ekberg) 

Gicleé and Screen Print with Diamond Dust, Iridescent Gold and Spot Varnish
Edition of 60 

Size Framed: 805mm x 1100mm
POA


Tarzania

Gicleé and Screen Print with Diamond Dust, Iridescent Pearl and Spot Varnish
Edition of 40 

Size Framed: 1005mm x 770mm

POA

 

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

Rushmore

Rushmore
Original Collage  
Size Framed: 1060mm x 850mm
POA

Temple-2MB

Temple
Original Collage Vintage Magazine Page
Size Framed: 215mm x 160mm
POA

Tippi Hedren's school of Ornithology 3MB

Tippi Hedren’s School of Ornithology
Framed Original Collage
Size Framed: 290mm x 230mm
POA

Advanced Molecular Gastronamy 3MB

Advanced Molecular Gastronomy
Framed Original Collage Vintage Magazine Page 
Size Framed: 340mm x 390mm
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The-Topography-of-Kikis-Mind-3MB

The Typography of Kiki’s Mind
Original Collage Vintage Magazine Page
Size Framed: 340mm x 390mm
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MrsSmith_FINAL

Mrs Smith
Lenticular Print
Edition of 25
Size Framed: 615mm x 815mm
POA
Click on the image to view the lenticular effect

Eliza-SP-6MB
Eliza (Gene Tierney)
Limited Edition Giclée and Screen Print with Iridescent Blue, French Glass and High Gloss Spot Varnishes
P/P

Size Unframed: 700mm x 1000mm
POA

Miss Cordelia
Miss Cordelia (Jean Simmons)
Limited Edition Giclee and Screenprint
(Ed of 75)

Size Unframed: 500mm x 700mm
POA

The-Land-that-Time-Forgot-3MB

The Land that Time Forgot
Original Collage Vintage Magazine Page
Size Framed: 340mm x 390mm
POA

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Carina (Rita Hayworth)
Giclee and Screenprint with iridescent green and spot varnish
Edition of 50
Size Unframed: 750mm x 1000mm
POA
Last Print Remaining

Angelique LR

Angelique (Arleen Whelan)
Giclee and Screenprint with Iridescent Green and Spot Varnishes
Edition of 50
Size Unframed: 710mm x 1000mm
POA
Last Print Remaining

camille

Camille
Giclee and Screenprint with Iridescent Blue to Gold Blend Varnish
Edition of 50
Size Unframed: 870mm x 1210mm
POA

subdiego

Subdiego
Giclee with Screenprinted Varnish

Size Framed: 960mm x 710mm
POA

chichirika

Chichirika
8 Colour Screenprint with Varnish
Edition of 50
Size Unframed: 570mm x 810mm
POA

boy old school

Boy (Old School)
8 Colour Screenprint

Size Unframed: 560mm x 760mm
SOLD OUT

boy flock

Boy (Flock)
8 Colour Screenprint
Size Unframed: 560mm x 760mm
POA

Ruby Murray SP LR

Ruby Murray (Cyd Chase)
Giclee and Screenprint with Varnish and Diamond Dust
Size Unframed: 400mm x 500mm
POA

Universal (print) LR

Universal (Frank Sinatra and Debbie Reynolds)
Giclee with iridescent Blue and Pink Screenprint
Edition of 50
Size Unframed 500mm x 365mm
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Natural Highs I SP LR

Natural Highs I
Giclee and Screenprint with Varnish
Edition of 50
Size Unframed 595mm x 485mm
POA

Natural Highs II SP LR

Natural Highs 2
Giclee and Screenprint with Varnish
Edition of 50
Size Unframed 595mm x 485mm
POA