Marian Bantjes

Marian Bantjes is an internationally known graphic artist who lives and works from an island off the west coast of Canada, near Vancouver. Her work, which takes many forms, is a manifestation of obsession, beauty, complexity and surprise. She works in a variety of media, from drawing and painting, to digital, to arrangements of objects. Her work often incorporates words, but not always, and often incorporates pattern, but not always.

An extensive monograph of her work, Pretty Pictures was published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson in the fall of 2013, to critical acclaim, and was included by BookForum as one of the 20 best art books in the past 20 years. Her 2010 book I Wonder (also published by Thames & Hudson) is an exploration of the marriage of word and image, written and illuminated throughout: alternately mysterious, thoughtful, personal and funny. It, along with several other pieces or her work, is included in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (Smithsonian) in New York.

Much of Marian’s work has been published in books and magazines around the world, and she has lectured on her work at over 100 conferences and events worldwide since 2006. In 2010 she spoke at the renowned TED Conference in Long Beach, California. In 2008, she was accepted as a member of the prestigious international design organization, Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), and 2010 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada.