Marie le Lievre received her Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Canterbury’s School of Fine Arts in 2008 and has rapidly risen to public interest and national acclaim for her sophisticated painterly surfaces and effects. Few artists demonstrate such a mastery of the liquid nature of paint. Le Lievre works in a luxuriously gestural abstract manner based around stylised bag forms, each with a pair of handles, taking a witty and feminine slant on a kind of painting often seen as male dominated. These ambiguous forms seem like something that has floated up out of the subconscious mind. Perhaps the psychoanalytical tension and fascination with indefinite surfaces and stains in Le Lievre’s work may be traced to what is a rather unusual qualification for an artist; a BA in Criminology from the University of Victoria in Wellington. She has shown with Brooke-Gifford since 2009.