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Maria Lalic

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Personal statement

Maria Lalic is a painter whose practice makes reference to the material and historical bases of painting as the underpinning structure for each of three extensive series of work.

In the first group – ‘Colour and Metal’ – panels of metal are juxtaposed with monochrome panels painted with named artists oil colours derived from the adjacent metal, for example Cremnitz White with lead, Sap Green with copper, Mars Yellow with iron. The facture of these paintings makes specific reference to ‘objectness’ through a relationship with extant work known as ‘Minimalism’ in the UK and US and ‘Konkrete Art’ in Europe.

The second group – the ‘History Paintings’ – explores the ‘inventions’ of artists pigment using a readymade structure: a Winsor and Newton colour chart that categorised colour into six eras from Cave, through Egyptian, Greek, Italian C18th/19th and C20th. These apparently monochrome paintings are in fact polychrome and consist of many layered glazes, era by era. The pigments are heavy with associations of their time of discovery, for example the four colours listed under ‘Cave’ speak of their time -  deriving from fire and earth. Her notion of ‘History’ in relation to time is threefold – the readymade structure through the Winsor and Newton chart, the desire for pure abstraction of sensation through colour and the ‘Monochrome’ in C20th painting and the concrete, physical process of the making of each painting, evident on the edges of the canvas.

In the third series – ‘Landscape Paintings’ –  Lalic explores the possibilities of contemporary landscape in these two panel paintings. In each painting one panel is painted in oil paint made from earth she has collected in specific locations and the other in an eponymously named artists’ oil colour. Together they pay homage to a familiar, extant landscape painting, for example oil paint made from earth collected in Argenteuil, France, is painted on the lower panel whilst the upper panel is painted with commercially manufactured artists oil colour ‘French Ochre’. The size of the painting derives from Monet’s painting ‘The Petit Bras of the Seine at Argenteuil’ 1872 in the collection of the National Gallery, London. 

Additionally Lalic continues to work on an extensive group of drawings which explore the full range of 19 grades of graphite pencil, combining all grades from 10H - 8B.

Lalic's work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in public and private museums and galleries throughout the UK and Europe and in the US and New Zealand and her work is represented in numerous public and private collections. Examples include  'Compendium Drawing'   in the V&A collection; Colour and Metal works in the Arts Council collection and Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter (a 3 part commission); and six History Paintings, part of the Tate Collection, and currently exhibited in the Start Display, Tate Modern.

Other public collections include those of the Department of Trade and Industry; Deutsche Bank; Karl Ernst Osthaus Museum,Hagen; and the Museum fur Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt.

Maria Lalic studied Painting at Central School of Art and Design (BA Hons), Chelsea School of Art (MA) and was Fellow in Painting at Bath Academy of Art 1977-8.

She was shortlisted for the Jerwood Painting Prize 1997, and has work in public collections in the UK (Tate, Victoria and Albert Museum, Arts Council England) and abroad.

Academic qualifications

  • Central School of Art, London. BA (Hons)
  • Chelsea School of Art, MA
  • Fellow, Bath Academy of Art

Bath Spa employment

  • 1996-98, Associate Reader in Painting, Bath Spa University College 
  • From 1998, Professor of Painting, Bath Spa University

Professional updating

  • 2003-4, AHRB and Bath Spa University funded research leave
  • 2010-2011, awarded teaching sabbatical by Bath Spa University

External examiners

  • 1998-01, External Examiner to PG Diploma in Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London
  • 2002, External Examiner to PhD. University of Plymouth
  • 2007, Internal Examiner to PhD. Bath Spa University
  • 2010, External Examiner to PhD. University of Gloucester
  • 2010, External Examiner to PhD. University of London. Goldsmiths College
  • 2010, Internal Examiner to PhD. Bath Spa University.

Teaching specialism

  • Fine art
  • Painting

Research and academic outputs

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Maria Lalic: artists talk
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Lalic, M (2014) Maria Lalic: artists talk. In: Curators Day, 9 October 2014, Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter..


The material of colour. The colour of material
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Lalic, M (2013) The material of colour. The colour of material. In: The Materiality of Paint and Paintings (‘Jour Fixe’ series), 7 March 2013, Academy of Fine Art, Munich.


After Image
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Lalic, M (2017) After Image. Galerie Renate Bender, Munich, Germany, 10 March - 13 May 2017.


English green landscape painting (2007) & Dutch brown landscape painting (2016) & French ochre landscape painting (2016) & French red vermilion landscape painting (2016)
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Lalic, M (2017) English green landscape painting (2007) & Dutch brown landscape painting (2016) & French ochre landscape painting (2016) & French red vermilion landscape painting (2016). In: The Order of Things, The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, Cheltenham, UK, 28 January - 5 March 2017.


Lead triptych (1987) & Lead fall – lead red (1994) & Lead fall – chrome green deep (1994) & Yellow violet opposite painting (1993)
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Lalic, M (2016) Lead triptych (1987) & Lead fall – lead red (1994) & Lead fall – chrome green deep (1994) & Yellow violet opposite painting (1993). In: Soft Alchemy, FoxJensen Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, 26 October - 11 November 2016.


History painting 2 cave. Yellow earth (1995) & History painting 8 Egyptian. Orpiment (1995) & History painting 14 Greek. Massicot (1995) & History painting 17 Italian. Naples. Yellow (1995) & History painting 35 C18/19th. Cadmium yellow (1995) & History Painting 42 C20th. Winsor yellow (1995)
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Lalic, M (2016) History painting 2 cave. Yellow earth (1995) & History painting 8 Egyptian. Orpiment (1995) & History painting 14 Greek. Massicot (1995) & History painting 17 Italian. Naples. Yellow (1995) & History painting 35 C18/19th. Cadmium yellow (1995) & History Painting 42 C20th. Winsor yellow (1995). In: The Start Display, Tate Modern, London, UK, 13 June 2016 - ongoing.


History painting. Red (2016) & French red vermilion landscape painting (2016) & Scheveningen red deep landscape painting (2016)
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Lalic, M (2016) History painting. Red (2016) & French red vermilion landscape painting (2016) & Scheveningen red deep landscape painting (2016). In: Fifty Shades of Red, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich, Germany, 13 May - 2 July 2016.


Bohemian green landscape painting (2011) & Antwerp blue landscape painting (2011) & Berlin blue landscape painting (2011)
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Lalic, M (2015) Bohemian green landscape painting (2011) & Antwerp blue landscape painting (2011) & Berlin blue landscape painting (2011). In: The Human Abstract, No4A, Malvern, UK, 23 May - 13 June 2015.


Lead fall - chrome yellow (1991), Chrome mirror painting - cobalt turquoise (1995) and Chrome mirror painting - oxide of chromium (1995)
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Lalic, M (2015) Lead fall - chrome yellow (1991), Chrome mirror painting - cobalt turquoise (1995) and Chrome mirror painting - oxide of chromium (1995). In: Periodic Tales: The Art of the Elements, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK, 3 October - 13 December 2015. ISBN 9780955271977


Heavy metal?
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Lalic, M (2014) Heavy metal? Galerie Renate Bender, Munich, 14 November 2014 - 17 January 2015.


History painting. Purple (2013)
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Lalic, M (2014) History painting. Purple (2013). In: Faszination farbe: monochrom, minimal, konkret. Internationale positionen, Kunsthaus Furstenfeldbruck, Germany, 3 October - 16 November 2014.


Bohemian green landscape painting (2011) & Sevres blue landscape painting (2004)
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Lalic, M (2014) Bohemian green landscape painting (2011) & Sevres blue landscape painting (2004). In: Conversations around Marlow Moss, &Model, Leeds, UK, 12 June - 18 July 2014.


Lapislazuli & purpur. How color came to us
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Koehler, B, McClune, M, Zeniuk, J and Lalic, M (2013) Lapislazuli & purpur. How color came to us. Galerie Renate Bender, Munich,Germany, 13 September – 26 October 2013.


Colour and metal: three commissioned paintings
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Lalic, M (2011) Colour and metal: three commissioned paintings. Royal Albert Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, UK, 2011.


Maria Lalić: landscape paintings (solo exhibition)
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Lalic, M (2011) Maria Lalić: landscape paintings (solo exhibition). Galerie Renate Bender, Munich, Germany, 30 June – 30 July 2011.


The history paintings: solo exhibition
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Lalic, M (2009) The history paintings: solo exhibition. Madison Contemporary Art, London, UK, 18 March - 18 April 2009.


Colour and metals
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Lalic, M (2005) Colour and metals. Venue: Galerie Renate Bender, Munich.


Seeing red part II: contemporary nonobjective painting
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Lalic, M (2003) Seeing red part II: contemporary nonobjective painting. Hunter College/Times Square Gallery, 450 West 41st Street, New York, NY 10036. ISBN 3897701944


Classified
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Lalic, M (2002) Classified. Tate Modern.


Compendium
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Lalic, M (2002) Compendium. In: Colour: a Life of its Own, Muscarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest, Hungary, 28 May - 20 August 2002.


Die farbe hat mich: positionen zur nicht-gegenständlichen malerei
exhibition

Fehr, M, Winzer, I, Schmieder, P and Lalic, M (2000) Die farbe hat mich: positionen zur nicht-gegenständlichen malerei. Kuenstlerhaus Dortmund. ISBN 3884749277


Blue: borrowed and new
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Lalic, M (2000) Blue: borrowed and new. New Art Gallery, Walsall, February - May 2000. ISBN 094665252X


Material, konzept, konstrukt
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Zoderer, B, Pinelli, P and Lalic, M (1998) Material, konzept, konstrukt. Touring exhibition, 1998-1999. ISBN 3852522145


De leugenaars: helder en verzadigd
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Heijnen, J, Charalambou, S, Brea, J and Lalic, M (1998) De leugenaars: helder en verzadigd. Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, 14 March - 12 April 1998. ISBN 9072612256


Maria Lalic: history paintings 1996
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Lalic, M (1997) Maria Lalic: history paintings 1996. Galerie Renate Bender, Munich, March - April 1997.


Maria Lalic: the lead fall paintings
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Lalic, M (1997) Maria Lalic: the lead fall paintings. Jensen Gallery, Wellington. ISBN 0473047454


Small truths: repetition and the obsessional in contemporary art
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Sheridan, J, De Ville, N, Foster, S and Lalic, M (1997) Small truths: repetition and the obsessional in contemporary art. John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, 19 November 1996 - 11 January 1997. ISBN 0854326189


Maria Lalic
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Lalic, M (1996) Maria Lalic. Todd Gallery, London, 21 February - 30 March 1996. ISBN 1873043112


Inge Dick, Maria Lalic, Marylin Willis
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Dick, I, Willis, M and Lalic, M (1996) Inge Dick, Maria Lalic, Marylin Willis. März Galerien, Mannheim, October - December 1996.


A sense of purpose: new work by Sarah Bray, Lesley Foxcroft, Maria Lalic, Yuko Shiraishi
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Bray, S, Foxcroft, L, Shiraishi, Y and Lalic, M (1992) A sense of purpose: new work by Sarah Bray, Lesley Foxcroft, Maria Lalic, Yuko Shiraishi. Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield. ISBN 0863211593


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