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Journey Into Darkness
"Journey Into Darkness"
Brigid Marlin was born in Washington, D.C., studied at the National College of Art, Dublin, the Centre d'Art Sacre, and the Atelier André L'Hote, Paris, the Beaux-arts, Montreal, and the Arts Students League of New York. Later she went to Vienna to learn the 'Mische' technique, a process of painting which was a carefully guarded secret of the Flemish and Italian Renaissance painters, and revived after painstaking research by Ernst Fuchs.
Returning to England, she founded the "Inscape" group of painters to continue the exploration and research into techniques of painting; and later the world between painters, sculptors, print-makers and jewelers. She teaches painting at West Herts. College and in London.
In 1982 she was resident artist at the Dorland Mountain Colony and in 1985 she was resident artist and painting teacher at the Carl Rogers Center for the Study of the Person, at the University of California.
In 1985 she illustrated Mary O'Hara's book, "Celebration of Love". In 1989 she wrote a book "From East to West" which was published by Collins Fount. In 1990 she was commissioned to paint a headmaster of Cheam School, Berks. Her work is in the National Portrait Gallery, London, and museums and collections all over the world.
Brigid Marlin is the founder of the Society for the Art of Imagination. The society holds an annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London. The exhibition is open to all artists working in the realms of the fantastic, surreal and visionary. For more details please   Email Brigid.
  Brigid in Colorado

 Prizes Include:

  • The 'Visions of the Future' Science-Fiction painting competition, 1st prize International Art Appreciation Award 1984, U.S.A., 1st prize
  • International Art Appreciation Award 1984, U.S.A., 1st prize
  • International Painting Competition, Dublin 1988, 1st prize
  • Upper Street Gallery Sculpture Competition, special prize

 Her work is in Collections all over the world, including the following:

  • Lady Arran
  • J.G. Ballard
  • Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Blankfort
  • Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Haber
  • Mr and Mrs. David Tansey, California
  • Mary Craig
  • Noreen Corrigan, Art Consuftant, Montreal
  • Jim and Catriona Erler, Washington D.C.
  • Kalid Hammadi, Kuwait
  • Takashi Higuchi, Tokyo
  • Mr. and Mrs. Huey Johnson, Environmental Resources U.S.A.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Saul Katz, Boston
  • Richard and Maura McDonnell, Ireland
  • General Montfort, Spain
  • Ex-President Nixon
  • Mary O'Hara
  • Admiral Paulsen, U.S. Navy, Hawaii

Recent Exhibitions 
  • 2017: One Space Gallery, New York, April/May; forthcoming exhibition at the Worshipful Company of Bakers, Guild Hall, London, October/November; forthcoming exhibition entitled The International Visionary Art Exhibition at the Congress Center of Montreux, Switzerland from November 12th.
  • 2016: Paris show, organised by Liba Stambulion; show in Seattle organised by Don Farrell at the Krab Jab Gallery, and Park Gallery, near Dresden, Germany.
  • 2015: Jean Provonost, new president of the Canadian Society for Art of Imagination, curated a well-attended show at the Art Deco Museum, Montreal, Canada.
  • 2014: The Canadian Society for Art of Imagination opened with the theme, Art for Peace in the prestigious Moniker Gallery in Toronto. It featured over 50 International artists, and was curated by Marina Malvada and Bhatboy, who also curated a second series of wonderful shows in Ottawa.
  • 2013: Our Show at La Galleria, at the Royal Arcade, London, was opened by internationally famous harpist David Watkins, who played one of his compositions on the Harp.
  • 2012: An exhibition at the Brick Lane Gallery, London, was very exciting, and brought us a new audience.
  • 2011: The PhantastenMuseum was opened in Vienna in this year. The Society for Art of Imagination was invited to show there, and many of us went over for the opening, to celebrate the first ever Fantastic Museum for Imaginative Art. The Exhibition was Opened by Professor Ernst Fuchs, who said he was delighted with the show.
  • 2011: An Exhibition Fifty years Fantastic celebrating the Society from its first beginnings in 1960 was held in La Galleria at the Royal Arcade, London to celebrate our 50 years of existence, and opened by Mary O'Hara. Later, it travelled to Chicago where the Show entitled 5 decades of Fantastic was held at the Murphy Hill Gallery, Chicago
  • 2009: Exhibition at the InterArt Gallery, New York. Entitled Carnival of Venice, selected works of the Society for Art of Imagination.
    Also a Show in Wessobrun, Germany, and the Museum of Imagination, Denmark.
  • Philadelphia Institute of Technology, 2007.
  • Vienna Art Park and Museum for Fantastic Art with work from the Society for Art of Imagination, 2007.
  • Visionary Art Center, Miami, 2007.
  • H.R. Giger's Castle Museum and Art Gallery, June 17 - October 7, 2006.
  • Festival of the Society for Art of Imagination, London, 2005.
  • Society for Art of Imagination, European Tour, 2004.
  • Brave Destiny, Williamsburg Art Center, New York, October 2003.
  • The Gallery, Cork Street, London, 2002 and 2003.
  • Visions of Venice Exhibition of Paintings by Brigid Marlin inspired by Venice. Portals Ltd, Chicago, November 17 - December 20, 2000.
  • Third Open Exhibition of the Society for Art of Imagination, Mall Galleries, London, October 2 - October 7, 2000.
  • Recent Works by Brigid Marlin, Nine Clarendon Cross, Holland Park, London, May 29 - June 10, 2000.
  • Phantastik am Ende der Zeit at the Stadtmuseum Erlangen-Nurnberg, Germany, April 2 - July 30, 2000.
  • The Mayfield Gallery, Bournemouth, 1997.
  •  The BBC acquired the portrait of Cecil Lewis, one of the founders of the BBC, to hang in the boardroom at Bush House. Opening ceremony on June 3, 1999.
  • Exhibition of Recent Paintings at Portals Ltd. Chicago, May 17 - August 7, 1996.

Photo Album 
Click here to see photos of Brigid and many other prominent artists
   Ernst Fuchs and Brigid
Brigid and Ernst Fuchs

Brigid's Mum:
Hilda van Stockum HRHA
Honorary Member of the Royal Hibernian Academy
Artist and Children's book writer

Olga Marlin
MA (Hons)Trinity College
HdipEd University College Dublin
Principal Kianda College, Nairobi (1961-1980)
Trustee Kianda Foundation, Nairobi
Author of "To Africa with a Dream"
Scepter Publishers Inc.
PO Box 211 New York NY 10018

Randal Marlin
Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Philosophy, Carleton University
Author of “Propaganda and the Ethics of Persuasion”
Broadview Press, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada 2002.

Elaine Marlin
Editor of “The Glebe” Newspaper

Sheila Marlin
BA Beaux-Arts, Montreal, Canada
Manager of High Elms Environmental Centre,
Garston Manor, Watford.
Headteacher of St.Andrews Montessori School
Author and illustrator of 'Flip to the Rescue'
Patron of the Society for Art of Imagination

John Tepper Marlin
Author of “The Book of American City Rankings” etc.
Treasurer, American Society for Art of Imagination

Alice Tepper Marlin,
Author of “Shopping for a Better World” etc.
President of Social Accountability International
Alice and John are working on a textbook on "Models of Corporate Social
Responsibility," for their course at NYU's Stern School of Business.

Chris Oakley (Brigid's son)

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