Marina Ard was born in Ukraine and lived there for the first 15 years of her life. She started to paint in her early childhood influenced by her aunt and uncle who were artists. As a teenager she moved to London with her family, and initially not being able to speak English, she dedicated herself to her art. At 18, Marina became a fashion model and worked for more then 10 years travelling the world, including living in New York and Hong Kong. Marina gained inspiration from her travels, meeting people and learning cultures, seeing the world.
As a former fashion model who has worked all over the world, Marina Ard is a British Ukrainian artist known for her dynamic and contemporary abstract prints. Ard is a printmaker who employs printmaking as primary medium for her creativity and not as a secondary mode for translating her ideas onto paper.
Marina's work revolves around notions of storytelling, memories, heritage and movements. She employs printmaking to translate her thoughts into pieces of art as she has always been captivated by printmaking's traditions, methodologies and function in contemporary art. Marina uses her prints and paintings to portray the affiliation between movement of time, memory and object; how they fade with time and how we constantly rebuild and append novel segments to each tale narrated to us. As a consequence, with the passage of time our memories tend to enhance, develop new meaning and become more magnetic and mesmerising. Marina Ard have endeavoured to depict these changes since life goes on...
Displaying her work for the first time at the Westbourne Grove gallery space, Debut Contemporary, West London local and member of the Kensington & Chelsea Women's Club, Marina Ard, will be presenting her new, abstract series of work entitled "Linen Momentum". Ard and her work were selected from thousands of talented artists from around the world as a Debut Artist to join Debut Contemporary.
2010 TRU TRADING, NO ID Gallery
MTAALA Annual charity, art exhibition and auction
2011 MTAALA Annual Charity, art exhibition and auction
2012 Phantasmagoria, O2 centre, Finchley rd
CASS Art School Graduation Show, Cass school of Art, Vyner Studio gallery
2013 Promenade, Mile End Pavilion
Showcase Cities, Richmix
June First Thursday, Vyner Street gallery
KCWC Art Show, Debut Contemporary Gallery
Permanent in house exhibition, Debut Contemporary gallery