-

Marina May Raike

Artist member since 2018
Pro
Almonte, Ontario

My work is colourful and contemporary. I’m passionate about atmospheric landscapes and rugged geography. I also love abstract expressionism and the amazing way that certain colours affect us emotionally. Through colour and form, I hope to move the viewer toward a greater appreciation of nature in its most potent aspects. My underlying themes address our deep, but delicate connection with the ecosystem and the need to relinquish control over the environment.

Marina May Raike was born in the Greater Toronto Area. She studied painting and sculpture at the Ontario College of Art and Design University. Her appreciation of work by Canadian artists David Bierk and Wanda Koop influences her action-painterly landscapes. Marina's current body of work explores her connection with the Canadian Shield, the Great Lakes, and Northern Ontario. Her renditions of natural elements and ancient geological forms evoke an awareness of our place within the ecosystem. Marina has a BFA from OCADU, where she was awarded the Forsythe Scholarship for drawing and painting. She has exhibited across Canada, the United States and internationally. Her work has appeared on the TV series ‘Suits’, in British Vogue, The Huffington Post, and in noteworthy collections in North America and overseas. Marina enjoys giving artist talks and has spoken at Ryerson University and The Canadian Society for Art of the Imagination.


Work

Ddraig Goch
Marina May Raike
  • 36" x 24" x 1.8"
  • $1500 buy — $135 try
Revival
Marina May Raike
  • 60" x 36" x 1.5"
  • $2500 buy — $125 try
Grace
Marina May Raike
  • 24" x 36" x 1.8"
  • $1300 buy — $125 try
Covenant
Marina May Raike
  • 36" x 24" x 1.75"
  • $1300 buy — $105 try
Restoration
Marina May Raike
  • 36" x 24" x 1.75"
  • $1400 buy — $110 try
Emblem
Marina May Raike
  • 10" x 10" x 1.75"
  • $350 buy — $65 try
Watchers on the Threshold
Marina May Raike
  • 36" x 24" x 1.75"
  • $1300 buy — $105 try
Unavailable
Falling Stars on Lake Nipissing
Marina May Raike
  • 40" x 30" x 1.75"
  • $1450 buy — $135 try
Unavailable
Atu Zero
Marina May Raike
  • 60" x 30" x 1.75"
  • $1850 buy — $93 try
Unavailable
A Sound in the Forest
Marina May Raike
  • 48" x 36" x 1.75"
  • $1765 buy — $88 try
Unavailable
Effigy
Marina May Raike
  • 12" x 16" x 1.75"
  • $400 buy — $25 try
Unavailable
Home
Marina May Raike
  • 30" x 30" x 2"
  • $1350 buy — $68 try
Unavailable
The Settlement
Marina May Raike
  • 40" x 30" x 1.75"
  • $1400 buy — $70 try
Unavailable
Aqua Dawn
Marina May Raike
  • 48" x 36" x 1.75"
  • $1650 buy — $83 try
Unavailable
Summertime Above the Treeline
Marina May Raike
  • 40" x 30" x 1.75"
  • $1400 buy — $70 try
Unavailable

Inside the Studio


Q+A

Favourite artist(s) right now

Wanda Koop! I relate strongly to the way she invokes a nostalgia for nature. I also like the Ottawa based artist Peter Colbert for his ability to convey the essential forms of abstracted landscapes.

What kind of artwork do you have in your home?

Besides my own work, I have pieces by Jeff Bierk, Bhat Boy, and Jennifer Ryder-Jones. Some of these I got by swapping artworks.

Why is it important for people to have art in their home or life?

When a person looks at a piece of art they love, they're moved. There's a flow of energy in them that literally lifts them up emotionally and spiritually. Who couldn't use more of that?

What do you listen to when you work?

Atmospheric techno, downtempo chillhop, some of which I compose myself..

In a previous life I was (a) ...

tiny portion of a supernova. (actually I suppose that would be a previous death.) In life, we are all the stuff of stars.

When did you start making art, and why?

Of course mostly all children draw, but I recall being praised for a particular long shot of some tigers that I painted in grade one. I've been drawing and painting ever since. It fulfills a deep need in me to create.

Upcoming Exhibitions
2021-08-28

60 Mill, Almonte
A.D. Redux

2022-04-23

Mississippi Mills Textile Museum
The Ten Collective

Select Past Exhibitions
2018

Mississippi Mills Textile Museum
The Ten Collective

2018

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, Ottawa
Works on Loan

2019

University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
Works on Loan

2018

Gallery Hittite, Yorkville, Toronto, ON
Ongoing Exhibitions

2017

Sivarilrasa Gallery, Almonte, ON
Eclipse

2018

AIM Gallery,Mississippi Mills
Recognition

2019

Mississippi Mills Textile Museum
The Ten Collective

2019

Gallery Hittite, Toronto
Summer Group Exhibition

2019

Strévé Gallery, Perth
Water

2020

Twist Gallery, Toronto
Water and Earth

Accolades

OCADU
Forsythe Scholarship

Press
2010

Vogue UK

2011

Ripley's Believe It or Not
Best of 2011 Hardcover

The Huffington Post

Education
2006

OCADU
BFA

Social
What do you mean, “try”?

Try-before-you-buy with a 3 month rental. 100% of your rental payments go towards the purchase (interest free). Message the artist directly, and start the conversation.


Art made (truly) affordable

We make it easy for you to try art with smart payment plans and try-before-you-buy models.

See How It Works
You’re covered.

Artwork protection is included on all art rentals up to $5K. Our Customer Care team is always here to help.

Contact Us
Unlock Trade Access

For industries including interior design, film/TV production, & real estate staging: rent original pieces that fit with your project vision, budget and timeline.

Apply for Trade Access

1% from every transaction goes towards a Canadian arts nonprofit.