Marian Fannon Christian
February 18, 2019 @ 9:00 am - March 8, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Marian Christian’s story as an artist is unique. Born and brought up in Ireland until the age of eight, after which she was brought up in Birmingham, England, she lived what could only be regarded as a perfectly normal life, that gave little indication of the spectacular future that has been hers. When she met Anthony Christian in England in 1992, art had never entered her life. Other than a poster of a work by Dali and one by Picasso that her ex-husband had hung on their walls in Hong Kong, she knew next to nothing about art and would have laughed at the idea that she might ever become an artist. After meeting Christian, however, her life was to change quite dramatically.
Happy years passed, and without realizing it Marian was absorbing all Christian ever said about art, and he rarely talked about anything else. She became and remains a formidable art historian as a consequence. But for reasons no one could ever explain, on July 10th 1999 she came to Christian and said she “felt like drawing.” Looking at the little sketch Marian brought to him, he knew he was gazing into the face of genius. He also knew that everyone would say he only believed that because he was so in love with Marian, but she soon made any such assumption impossible by improving her art by leaps and bounds. Christian, who has done a lot of teaching, said within a month she was creating works any artist who had been working for twenty years would be proud to produce.