Maria Rivans - Brooke

Maria Rivans - Brooke


Original collage
112cm x 82cm

Original collage on Paper featuring Lauren Bacall who was born in the Bronx, grew up in Brooklyn and died in Manhattan, this entire piece is an homage to not only Ms Bacall but also New York. The collar is made from original dollar bills and the animals are species you will find in Central Park.The letters above the eagle are the names of subway lines from a 1970's map and sitting  inside the headers is a 1970's yellow taxi.

There’s also an original image of Jean Seaberg wearing the NY Herald Tribune top in the French film Breathless, Mae West as Lady Liberty from Belle of the Nineties where she plays a burlesque queen and from one of Maria’s favourite films is King Kong.

Adding to the pop-art design is John Lennon sitting on the Guggenheim and an Eagle holding a banana in homage to Andy Warhol.


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Maria Rivans is a contemporary British artist, known for her mash- up of Surrealism meets Pop-Art aesthetic.

Rivans studied 3D design at the University of Brighton. Growing up with her Italian family, hours of her childhood were devoted to drawing and doodling, while she soaked up the televisual culture that would come to form her greatest influence.

The artists who have defined Rivans’ work include: Max Ernst; Robert Rauschenberg; Richard Hamilton; Sarah Lucas; and Tracey Emin as well as David Bowie; Vivienne Westwood; Alfred Hitchcock; and David Lynch.

Rivans’ artwork is known for its unique approach to collaging. Intertwining different film and TV genres, Rivans’ work reinvents existing film plots and narratives, to spin bizarre and dreamlike tales.

Her process begins with her collection of vintage ephemera, which she collates and assembles with an intense attention to detail until the collage takes shape. Her work takes the form of 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. She exhibits work throughout the UK as well as internationally, including Hong Kong, New York and across Europe. Solo shows include the Saatchi Gallery, London, and Galerie Bhak, Seoul.