Marian Leven

Artist Biography

'My painting is concerned with Scottish landscape and seascape, an expression of the harmony, balance and emotional interaction I experience through remembered, mythical and historic associations. The land,sea and weather absorb me. Images for my paintings are collected in the landscape and in the studio the recollection moves into interpretation and metaphor. My painting allows me to respond to this environment in the knowledge that I am part of a long history of people shaped by these conditions.' Marian lives and works in the the North East corner of Fife only a mile or two away from Newport-on-Tay

Educated  Auchtermuchty Primary and Bell Baxter Senior Secondary Schools, Fife

1962-66    Grays School of Art, Aberdeen.

1966-67   Moray House College of Education, Edinburgh

1992         Elected Member of Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour.

1999         Lecturer in Constructed Textiles, Duncan of Jordanstone, University of Dundee

2001         Painting Lecturer, Glenrothes College, Fife

2002-08   Visiting Lecturer Fine Art, Taigh Chearsabhagh, UHI, Lochmaddy

2002        Artist in Residence, Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Isle of Skye.

2004         Elected Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy.

2008         Elected Royal Scottish Academician

Collaborative Projects        Marian Leven and Will Maclean

2011-12    Waterlines sculpture, University of Aberdeen Sir Duncan Rice Library

2010-2013   Suileachan Land Art/sculpture, Reef, Isle of Lewis

Selected Exhibitions 
Solo and Goup Exhibitions include

2014           The Power of the Sea, RWA Bristol

2014           Pittemweem Art Fesival, invited artist.

2014          Summer Exhibition, Kilmorak Galery, Beauly

2013         RGI Annual Exhibition, Invited Artist, Glasgow

2013        Waterlines  Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen

2012        Scottish Connections, Galerie Herold, Hamburg

2012        Seeing In a Wider Sense. FCA&C, a dialogue with art and anthropology, St. Andrews Museum

2012          Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Invited artist, Burlington House, London

2012           RSW Summer Exhibition The Maclaurin Art Galleries, Ayr

2011           VAS Annual Exhibition, Invited Artist, RSA, Edinburgh

2011           North Light, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

2011           Poetry Beyond Text, Poetry Library, Edinburgh

2011           Poetry Beyond Text, VRC, Dundee Contemporary Art

2010          Winter Exhibition, Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie.

2010          The Summer Exhibition, The Fleming Collection, London

2010          Highlands and Islands: Painting and Poetry, The Fleming Collection

2010           Abstract The Open Eye Gallery Edinburgh.

2010           Watercolours AWI, Sydney, Australia.

2009/2010   The Coast Road Diaries, Scottish GalleryEdinburgh and touring.

2009        Fragments and Traces, The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

2002         Towards The Shore, An Tobar, Mull

2001        Towards The Shore, Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist

2000        Towards The Shore, An Tuirreann, Portree

2000            Towards The Shore, An Lanntiar, Stornoway

1998              Recent Works, The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

1996              Recent Scottish Watercolours, The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh RSA, RGI, RSW, SSA, AAS, Annual Exhibitions

2008           Coast, Open Eye Gallery. Edinburgh.

2008           RSA Highland Exhibition, An Lanntair, Stornoway.

2007           Highland 2007, RSA, Edinburgh

2007           Preview Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

2005           RSA Festival Connections   Edinburgh.

2005           Mixed Doubles, Art First, London.

2005           Marian Leven and Anna King. Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen.

2005           Glasgow Art Fair, Gallery Heinzel

2004           New Associates Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.

2004          Academicians and The Demarco Archive, RSA, Edinburgh.

2004        Shared SpaceMarian Leven and Will Maclean, Compass Gallery, Glasgow

2004          Summer Exhibitions, The Plockton Gallery, Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen.

2004          The Directors Chair 2, Chosen by Clara Young. Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.

2002/3       Starting a Collection, Art First, London

2003         Journeys, DCA Exhibition, Discovery Point, Dundee.

2003         New Faces, Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen

2003         40 Years On, Demarco. City Arts Centre, Edinburgh.

2003        Festival of The Sea. Demarco European Foundation, Leith.

2002-05    An Leabhar Mor, The Great Book of Gaelic Exhibition, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow and Cannongate Publication. Touring Canada, U.S.A., Ireland and U.K.

2002        Work in Progress, Visual Research Centre, Dundee Contemporary Arts

2002        Dundee Print Open, Duncan of Jordanstone and Abertay University

2002        Traces, Print Exhibition, R. K. Burt Gallery, London

2001        Beyond Conflict, The Demarco European Art Foundation Touring Exhibition and Publication.

2001       The Poster Show, Gavin Brown Enterprises, New York and Cabinet Gallery, London

2000        70/20000, City Arts Centre, Edinburgh

1999       Contemporary Scottish Drawing, Frames, Perth

1999        Seascapes, Maritime Museum, Vittoriosa, Malta.

1999        Escape, The Highland Landscape, art. tm, Inverness

1998        The Singer Freidlander/ Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London.

1998         Christmas Exhibition, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh 1996/97    The Noble Grossart/ Scotland on Sunday Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh and Glasgow School of Art. 1994/96    Dundee Open, McManus Galleries, Dundee. 1991-97    Morrison Portraits, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. 1993         Art in Bloom, Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery 1990         Laing Landscapes, Talbot Rice, Edinburgh and Mall Galleries, London. 1989         Scottish Contemporary Art, Clare Hall, Cambridge. 1977         Land and Sea, The Stirling Gallery. 1997-99    Images of Fife, Pittencrieff House, Kirkcaldy Art Gallery, St Andrews Museum 1969         Works On Paper, 57 Gallery, Edinburgh. 1969         Fife Group Show, Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery. 1967        Two Artists, Loomshop GalleryLower Largo.

Awards and Prizes

2013        Saltire Society Award, Arts and Crafts in Architecture,  An Suleachan Isle of Lewis

2004        RSW Council Award, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour.

2002        Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio Prize, Dundee Print Open.

2002        John Gray Award, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour.

2001       Creative and Technical Skills Bursary, DCA Print Studio/ Scottish Arts Council.

1997       Winner, Noble Grossart/ Scotland on Sunday Painting Prize.

1996       Dundee Open Prize.

1996       The Mabel Mackenlay Award, Royal Glasgow Institute.

1995       The May Marshall Brown Award, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour.

1991/93  Laing Landscape Prizes.


2002        Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Isle of Skye


2012        BBC Radio Scotland, Leven/Maclean, Stark Talk.

2001        BBC Radio Scotland, Brian Morton, Leven/Maclean.

1998        BBC Radio Scotland, Leven/Maclean, Heart and Land. Publications and References Include Windows to the West,

Fragments and Traces,

The Open Eye, Edinburgh

Scottish Connections, Galerie Herold, Hamburg.

An Leabhar Mor, Proiseact Nan Ealan

Revisioning Highland Art, Jennie Renton, Textualities.

Poetry Beyond Text, University of Dundee.

Images of Fife, Fife Council

The Grace of The Birch, The Nature of Healing. Edited by Dr Lindsay Blair.

The Curious Eye, Royal Scottish Academy

Prima Materia Robert Slingsby

Corporate and Public Collections include

University of Dundee Fine Art Collection.

University of St Andrews Collection.

Aberdeen University Collection.

Fleming –Wyfold Collection, London.

Sabhl Mor Ostaig, University of the Highlands and Islands.

Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery.

Royal Scottish Academy Collection.

Royal Scottish Academy Diploma Collection.

Demarco European Art Foundation Archive.

Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie.

Glen Lockhart Knitwear.

British Transport Hotels.

Fife Arts and Theatre Trust.

Fife Council.

East Lothian Health Trust,

Paintings in Hospitals, Art in Healthcare.

The Stewart Group, Aberdeen

New Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow.