MARC AND GILLIE SCHATTNER

‘The world depends on contemporary artists to challenge life as we know it. We, the contemporary artist pull apart the world, so it can be put back together as something different.’

As husband and wife, Marc and Gillie Schattner are Australian contemporary artists who collaborate to create art as one, applying the iconic imagery of the dog/human hybrid to celebrate the powerful spiritual relationship that exists between man and animal. ‘Gillie and Marc’ reference their own remarkable love story in their works, perpetuating a pursuit of happiness and encouraging us to challenge the status quo and the perceived safety of societal convention.

In 2006 they were Archibald Prize finalists. He’ll never be famous but he doesn’t give a damn, he’s a musician, a painting, earned them first prize at the 2009 Chianciano Biennale, set in Tuscany. This work features a Dalmatian dog/man hybrid, playing guitar. Their life-like fibreglass sculptural piece, Bondi Coffee Dog, appeared in the Florence Biennale in the same year. Stretching controversy further is their work, If Jesus was alive today he would be a skateboarder, which featured in the inaugural 2009 Blake Prize Director’s Cut, an online exhibition. ‘Gillie and Marc’ also featured work in the 2012 Sculptures by the Sea at Bondi Beach.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013 We are one, Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral, NSW
2012 Animal Attraction, Linton and Kay Contemporary, Perth, WA
2011 Wild at heart, Richard Martin Art, Sydney, NSW
2011 The road less travelled, Linton and Kay Contemporary, Perth, WA
2010 Returning to the animal within, Nexus Modern Art, Melbourne, VIC
2009 I love my dog and my dog loves me, Richard Martin Art, Sydney, NSW
2008 Wishful Thinking, Linton and Kay Contemporary, Perth, WA
2007 Modern Addictions, Libby Edwards, Melbourne, VIC
1999 Sex in the city, New York, USA
1996 Circus, New York, USA
1994 Expats, The Substation, Singapore
1993 Blue-eyed view, The Substation, Singapore
1992 Eat Me, Singapore
1990 Friends, Hong Kong 1984 Travels, Belgium

COMMISSIONED WORK
2014 Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC
2012 Chada, Ying Ren Hotel, Beijing, China
2012 Wellington Zoo, New Zealand
2012 Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, TAS
2012 Australia Zoo, QLD
2012 Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Indiana, USA
2012 Dubbo City Council, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo Regional Airport, NSW
2012 National Zoo and Aquarium, ACT
2012 Ballarat Zoo, VIC
2012 Sydney Children’s Hospital, Sydney, NSW
2005 Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Sydney, NSW
2000 Hilton Hotel, Singapore

AWARDS
2013 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Finalist, Woollahra Municipal Council, Sydney, NSW
2012 Sculpture by the sea Finalist, Bondi Beach, Sydney, NSW
2011 Mosman Art Prize Finalist, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2011 Charlatan Ink Art Prize Finalist, The Carlton Arms, New York, USA
2011 Prometheus Visual Art Exhibition Finalist, Gold Coast, QLD
2010 BSG General Art Prize Finalist, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2009 Winner of Biennale di Chianciano, Tuscany, Italy
2009 The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize Finalist, Adelaide, SA
2008 Sunshine Coast Art Prize Finalist, Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, QLD
2007 Mosman Art Prize Finalist, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2006 Archibald Prize Finalist, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
1999 Mamaroneck Art Prize Finalist, New York, USA
1998 Cannes Advertising Festival for Scotch Brite and Ben Wear
1994 Winner of Singapore Creative Circle Art Prize