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Marcus Leotaud
'Between dog and wolf'


While the saying traditionally has to do with twilight, here it is a memory of a sun beat
living cave. This is a place I grew up, where the edge of the jungle (or ‘bush’ as it is
referred to), is kept well clear of ones residence as within the jungle the sun cannot shine.
This is an island with no memory of a past, where culture is the only home and nature is
an unknown that stings and bites, infects and suffocates. It is a nature that seldom
delivers on promises where for the sightseer the success of days is measured only on
safe return.


Artist Bio
Born in Trinidad, for Marcus beauty, the sublime and surface laid the foundation for his
artistic perspective. He moved to London to study for an MFA at Chelsea College of Art
and studied for his BFA in Montreal at Concordia University.
Marcus has a focus on formalism and materiality and how that interfaces with social
values in painting. In his words “we have long come to understand that art can be many
other things than a painting on a wall but this isn’t in that universe. This is a universe
removed from institutional aspirations or appeal to art historical discourse where to the
body to which the work belongs it is only a finger or a chin. The rest of the body is the
social context in which it has a life”.
This sentiment does sit right at the centre of recent art historiography, bringing what was
outside in or platforming the unseen. This is art exploration of dual states, challenging the
notion that objects or ideas possess singular identities. At the core of this work is perhaps
a preoccupation regarding the intricacies of meaning.
His images, while drawn in part from elements of his own experience, thematically touch
on displacement or the eroding of the autochthonous to the repurposing of cultural
context. His scenes evoke the perverse romanticisation of the nomad, vagabond, migrant
or pilgrim sleeping rough, squatting or seeking out elemental encounters and the duality
of this as both free and disenfranchising.
The works themselves present as fragments and while it might be easy to characterise
many as landscapes he rejects the term in favour of describing them as environments or
environmental.
Marcus lives and works in London

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