Adrian Marden artwork for sale and artist biography
It might be argued that our consumer society is wasteful with too many commodities unfairly distributed and advertising feeding on our vulnerability and dissatisfaction. However, this material culture has provided many with a ‘quality of life’ that would not have been enjoyed in the recent past and is unobtainable in numerous parts of the world.
Marden’s current artwork ...celebrates some of the benefits we enjoy. His images explore what Jasper Johns called “things looked at but rarely seen”. With inspiration from Michael Craig Martin and Patrick Caulfield he says "my digital drawings celebrate and document everyday items. They are limited edition prints cataloguing the careful crafting of the forms and the detailed finishes of ‘Everyday Things’ which sadly we either ignore or discard.
To explore our materialism Garden examines simple domestic objects in a style that can be referred to as ‘EcoPop’, or ‘Pop Art with a conscience’. The work is organised into three collections 1] Things Discarded, 2] Things Overlooked and 3] Things and Issues. To explore their significance, each object is presented with a short text which attempts to outline the reason for its selection.
These drawings are made by observing and recording the subjects. There is no computer trickery or photographic technique involved. Computer software provides a set of tools which offers both possibilities and limitations. Marden work within these constraints, using a limited pallet and hard-edged shapes to celebrate a collection of ingenious objects. The images are exhibited, often much enlarged and cut out, to focus attention on the abstract quality of the elements of the drawing.
Adrian studied Fine Art at Portsmouth before working in the design industry and in consultancy. Subsequently he entered art & design education, co-creating then running the unique multidiscipline design course at Goldsmiths’ College and later becoming Head of School at the University of Hertfordshire.