Artwork Description / Detail
Born in New Zealand in 1960, Marian Fountain was introduced to the techniques of bronze casting while studying at Elam School of Fine Arts (1979 – 1983). There, under the guidance of Paul Beadle, Fountain developed a deep respect for the traditional processes of the medium. In 1984, she received a major travel grant from the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council, and travelled initially to London where she gained experience casting at the Royal College of Art and the Red Bronze Studio. She then moved to Italy, where she studied at the Scuola della Mediglia (Rome Mint).
Marian Fountain is a member of the New Zealand Medallion Group and has designed and made medals for the 1988 XIV Commonwealth Games, the 2003 America’s Cup and for the Friends of Birmingham Museums in 2007. Jean Batten’s grave in Majorca, Spain, displays a large bronze plaque by Fountain.
Fountain has exhibited at the British Museum, The National Gallery of Scotland, the Museo Archeologico of Milan, York Museum Auckland Museum and the French Mint. Her work has been displayed at the New Zealand Embassy in Paris and in London and are held in the British Museum and Smithsonian Museum collections. She exhibits regularly in Europe, and has kept a continuous presence in the New Zealand art world.