Meet Marie Peter-Toltz, a French-born Australian artist based in Los Angeles, with a new solo exhibition in Sydney called Tonight Think of Me.
Marie earned her Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the New York Studio School, and has been awarded the New York Studio School Scholarship and the Concordia Awards, as well as the LCU Award for Women.
She’s exhibited all over the world, and been named a finalist in numerous art competitions including the Waverly Art Prize, and has work held in private collections internationally.
Tonight Think of Me is an exhibition of enigmatic paintings that are passionate and evocative—aesthetically resembling an electrified Paul Gauguin, featuring imagery is laced with innuendo, desire and love. It’s open until the 12th May.
Marie’s the latest to be featured in our Q&A series ‘The Link’, where we aim to connect you to the ideas work and inspiration of different women.
What are you working on right now that’s got you really excited?
‘Tonight Think of Me’ is my latest solo exhibition currently on view at Nanda/Hobbs gallery in Sydney.
What one issue is making you really angry right now?
The gender and race discrimination in the art world.
Best piece of career advice you ever received?
You can always do more.
What would you go back and tell yourself ten years ago?
To trust myself and believe in my artistic vision.
Biggest hurdle you’ve faced (or are still facing) in your career? And…
Money. The starving artist is not a myth.
…How did/are you push through/work around it?
By keeping on working.
How have mentors or sponsors (or both) aided your career?
To allow myself to be as ambitious as I want to be.
What’s your favourite piece of tech?
What daily publications do you read or follow?
The New York Times.
What apps or tools do you use to help manage your day?
What book do you most recommend to other women when it comes to their career?
‘The Divided Heart: Art and Motherhood’ by Rachel Power. Australia’s most respected artists, writers and actors speak frankly about the wrench between motherhood and their artistic life.
And what are you reading/watching/listening to right now?
‘Mysteries of the Rectangle: Essays on Painting’ by Siri Hustvedt.
Where can people find out more about your work?