Gillie and Marc Schattner
Husband and wife, Marc and Gillie Schattner are Australian contemporary artists who collaborate to create art as one, applying the iconic imagery of the dog or 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 perceived safety of societal convention. Gillie and Marc's unparalleled love is the cornerstone of what they are and what they create. Meeting in Hong Kong, she was a nurse from England and he, a boy from the suburbs of Melbourne. Wanting only to find a soul-mate with whom to share their passions for art, travel and adventure, they were married at the foothills of Mount Everest seven years later. With a 20 year history of collaboration, Gillie and Marc's works (paintings and sculptures) have received worldwide acclaim and are held in collections both nationally and internationally.
 
Biography

Biography

For Gillie and Marc Schattner, it was love at first sight. Having met on a photoshoot in Hong Kong, the two were married within seven days, and have been together for 20 years. Discovering that they had similar styles of artistic expression that intermingled over course of their years together, the couple decided to create a piece together in tribute to a mutual friend. What followed was an artistic and autobiographical journey that radiated not only innovation and creativity but also the warmth and affection between the artists themselves.

The art of Gillie and Marc is often a tribute to the relationship between animals and man. Depicting human-animal hybrids and their interactions with other animals, they comment on the connection between the two and how neither is totally bereft of the other. The animals are also autobiographical, with the dog representing Marc and the rabbit representing Gillie - two animals that are completely different and unlikely life partners but who are in love and exist happily together. The differences and bizarre appearances of their subjects are also a metaphor for the differences that exist within culture, religion, race and humanity. The reaction of audiences to these subjects - laughter and endearment - are to the artists symbols of humanity's capability to look past differences, realize inner beauty and appreciate ideals beyond the superficial. The stances depicted are often reflective of the couple themselves, but also embody the universal thirst for fun, adventure and the pure joy of the perfect companion by your side. 


Exhibitions

Exhibitions

2017
Solo Exhibition Life, Love and Adventure Together, Ode To Art gallery, Singapore

2013
We are One, Milk Factory Gallery Bowral
Coffee with Friends, Frances Keevil Gallery, Double Bay

2012
Animal Attraction, Linton and Kay Contemporary Perth
Go Dogs Go!, Rex Livingston Art Dealer
Wild at Heart, Richard Martin Art

2011
The Road Less Travelled, Linton and Kay Contemporary Perth

2010
Returning to the Animal Within

2009
The Dog in Us All, Linton and Kay Contemporary Perth
I Love My Dog and My Dog Loves Me, Richard Martin Sydney

2008
Wishful Thinking, Linton and Kay Contemporary Perth
Modern Addiction, Libby Edwards Sydney

2006
Creature Comforts, Libby Edwards Sydney

2005
Life Can’t Wait, Darling Park Sydney





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