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Marina May Raike

Artist member since 2018
Almonte, Ontario

Marina May Raike enjoys working in colours that she can also hear and feel.

Marina's current body of work explores her connection with the Canadian Shield, the Great Lakes, and Northern Ontario. Her colourful abstractions of ancient geological forms evoke an awareness of our place within the cosmos.

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 in the TV series ‘Suits’, British Vogue, The Huffington Post, and several other publications. Notable people who’ve acquired Marina’s work include Col. Chris Hadfield and Damien Hirst.


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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
2020-04-04

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

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

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