“We are two people working as one, with a single vision, something no one else is doing in art.”
Gillie and Marc are Australian contemporary artists, and husband and wife, who collaborate to create art as one. Together, they have applied the imagery of their dog/human hybrid to celebrate the powerful spiritual relationship that exists between man and animal. Their hybrid allows them to explore unconditional love, loyalty, affection and joy through by asking us to consider whether a human might benefit from some of the qualities of the dog.
The iconic characters they have created, Rabbitgirl and Dogman, reference Gillie and Marc’s own remarkable love story. They met in Hong Kong, she was a nurse from England and he was a boy from the ‘burbs of Melbourne. Seven days later they were married in the foothills of Mount Everest. That was over twenty years ago, and since then they have collaborated on their paintings and sculptures, as one, with a singular dedication and craftsmanship.
Their art explores relationships and love, and finds inspiration in their travels around the world and adventures they have had, or hope to have, together. They hope that their animal/human hybrids makes people think by challenging conventions, expectations and societal norms.
Gillie and Marc’s work has received acclaim worldwide, and their paintings and sculptures are held in collections both in Australia, and internationally. They have exhibited their art all over the world, with over thirty solo exhibitions. Together, they were Archibald Prize Finalists in 2006, won the Chianciano Biennale in Tuscany in 2009 and were finalists in Bondi’s Sculptures by the Sea in 2012.
Their sculptures have been commissioned by many large organisations and can be seen in Federation Square in Melbourne, the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo and Australia Zoo in Queensland just to name a few.
As artists who pride themselves on embracing challenges, Gillie and Marc have no plans to stop going on adventures with their art. They continue to create new sculptures from bronze, poly-resin and fibreglass and paintings on canvas, board and card from their studio in Sydney. Gillie and Marc have a vision of a world without strangers, where their art inspires moments of happiness and togetherness.