Approved: 08.11.2017

Marius von Brasch

Artist, Curator, Film-maker, Researcher

Approved: 08.11.2017

Artist statement

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Artist Statement

Artist statement


I am a painter who works also in drawing and digital video. I engage with dynamics of contemporary identity that concern the perception of reality, the filters of associations, affects and memories, personal and impersonal. Continuously in motion, perceptions shape and shift the borders of identity between imagination and observation, the screens between forces outside and inside. 

On the one hand, the growing instability of once reliable frameworks of ‘self’ and of the belief in mastery over nature encourages living a curious, temporal and communal self. It allows acknowledging its unknown facets of otherness and difference. 

On the other hand, denying the new challenges and the attached anxieties will support defensive forms of identity. They find a safety net in ’the people’ against ‘the stranger’, a resistance to relating that opens up wide for corporate interests.

My works, apart from an initial focus on a subject or notion, are not fully planned. Spontaneity of brushwork takes the work along unknown routes, practicing ‘letting oneself paint’ and editing. Duration and time, becoming and dissolving have shaped the way I paint. By connecting to aspects of historical and modern painting and imagery, I can align my work to a living tradition.

Alchemical Renaissance illuminations, in particular, comment on how imagination shapes perception. Transitions, breakdowns and re-integrations of identity are situated in ambiguous landscapes and natural cycles. These hint at the fragility of identity, at unpredictable dynamics that interconnect transformations in the psychological realm with social and natural worlds. 

My practice evolves around the question: how does the notion of an unfolding ‘self’, in time and today, relate to aspects of representation and materiality in painting?

CV & Education

Dr. Marius von Brasch works from and lives in Rookley, Isle of Wight, UK


2012       Completed practice-based PhD Fine Art at Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton) on ‘Distance, however near it may be’: Revisiting ‘Aura’ on the Axis between Painting and Digital Technology within a Deleuzian Framework of  ‘Becoming’

2009        MA Fine Art Painting with Distinction at Winchester School of Art

1987/88    Guest Student at Staedelschule Frankfurt am Main in the classes of Prof. Johannes  Schreiter and Prof. Thomas Bayrle


Other qualifications

1999        Gestalt Therapist (Dipl) and Practioner of Postural Integration (Dipl), 3 year training at the École de Communication Créative in Strasbourg, France

1989        MA in German Literature, Philosophy and Musicology at J W Goethe University, Frankfurt


Solo exhibitions (since 2007)

2019       Ennui Refigured. (2-person show with Freya Purdue), APT Gallery, Deptford, London

2017       Illumination (2-person show with Howard Hardiman), The West Gallery, Quay                              Arts, Newport (ACE funded)

2012       Distance however near it may be, The Winchester Gallery, Winchester

2009       Oedipus Diving, The Ropestore Gallery at Quay Arts, Newport, Isle of Wight

2007       Oedipus Diving, Studio for Creative Communication Southsea (self curated)


Group exhibitions (since 2009, selection)

2019        Made in Britain. 82 Painters of the 21st Century. Priseman Seabrook Collection, Muzeum Narodowe, Gdansk, Poland 

2017        Ex Roma IV, APT Gallery, Deptford, London

2016        Stories/Narrative, The Studio at Rookkley Manor, Isle of Wight

2015        The Drawing Process, The West Gallery at Quay Arts, Isle of Wight

2015        Belief, Depozitory, Isle of Wight

2015        A garden at the foot of every tree, The Studio at Rookley Manor, Isle of Wight

2014        Open Exhibition, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

2013        Friday 13th, Award Holders Exhibition at Gallery British School at Rome, Rome

2012        Visioneca, Experimental Film Festival, Isle of Wight

2012        The Lollipop People, Depozitory, Ryde

2012        Practice-based Projects, The Winchester Gallery, Winchester

2011        Rendition, Chapel Arts Studios, Andover

2011        Drawn, Five Years, London

2011        Feint, The Rag Factory, London

2011        Pre.Sense, Temporary Project Space (empty house), Headington, Oxord

2010        Out & About, Aspex Gallery Portsmouth, film screening in conjunction with the exhibition The Great Outdoors, Portsmouth

2009        Becoming/, Link Gallery at the University of Winchester, Winchester



2013        Abbey Fellowship Award for Painting – 3 months residency at British School at Rome

2009        Postgraduate Scholarship for PhD (Winchester School of Art – University of Southampton)


Work in Collections

Priseman Seabrook Collection UK



2019        Made in Britain. 82 Painters of the 21st Century. Priseman Seabrook Collection, Muzeum Narodowe, Gdansk, Poland 

2017       Illumination Marius von Brasch and Howard Hardiman. Catalogue for The West Gallery, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight

2014        Fine Arts 2013-14. Catalogue of British School at Rome @ The British  Academy, London

2013        Affective Constructions – Fragmented Images on the Axis between Painting and the Digital  in: Harland, B. (ed.) Behind the Eyes/Making Pictures. Research Group for Artists Publications

2012        ‘Distance, however near it may be’: Revisiting ‘Aura’ on the Axis between Painting and Digital Technology within a Deleuzian Framework of ‘Becoming’.                Doctoral thesis for practice-based PhD access

2011        stalemate/escape. Essay for Feint: tackle/wield. Winchester Gallery Press

2009        Digital Economy and Memory. Essay for Research Anthology Winchester School of Art. Winchester Gallery Press

2007        Oedipus Diving. The Magical Forest Press, 2007. 64 page book with introduction and 46 colour plates



2016        Drawing/Painting from Within, Summer School at Quay Arts, Newport, IOW

2015/16  Becoming Visible, one-day courses at The Studio at Rookley Manor, IOW

2000-2008 Experiential Painting and The Art Within: one-day, weekend and 3-part workshop as well as monthly workhops throughout with same group at self-founded Studio for Creative Communication in Southsea, Hampshire

1994-2000 Various workshops and one-to-one work on ways of accessing and enhancing creativity via drawing, painting and Gestaltterapy


Curated projects

2016       Stories/Narrative, The Studio at Rookley Manor, IOW

2015        A garden at the foot of every tree, The Studio at Rookley Manor, IOW

2011 l       launched susan projects (with Ella Clocksin) with Pre.Sense, curated by susan projects, temporary project space, Headington, Oxford


Work experience

2010        Part Time Lecturer in Fine Art at Winchester School of Art (BA/MA levels)

2000-2007 Founded Studio for Creative Communication in Southsea, Hampshire for art- and psychotherapy related practice and own workshop modules (Experiential Painting  and The Art Within) with a studio for own art practice and exhibitions

1998-2004 Active involvement in the management of artist collective ArtSpace Portsmouth



2013        Affective Constructions. Paper for symposium Behind the Eyes at North Gallery, Northumbrian University, Newcastle

2011        Flux and Fragment, 4th International Deleuze Studies Conference, Copenhagen

2009        Postgraduate Scholarship for PhD (Winchester School of Art – University of Southampton)