Brigid Marlin (daughter of Hilda Van Stockum) was born in Washington, D.C., studied at the National College of Art, Dublin, the Centre d’Art Sacre, and the Atelier André L’Hote, Paris, the Beaux-arts, Montreal, and the Arts Students League of New York. She eventually settled in England. Later she travelled to Vienna, to learn the Mische Technique from Ernst Fuchs.
Returning to England, she founded the “Inscape” group of painters in 1961 to continue the exploration and research into techniques of painting; and later the world between painters, sculptors, print-makers and jewelers. She teaches painting at West Herts College and in London.
In 1982 Brigid was resident artist at the Dorland Mountain Colony and in 1985 she was resident artist and painting teacher at the Carl Rogers Center for the Study of the Person, at the University of California. That same year, she illustrated Mary O’Hara’s book, “Celebration of Love”. She went on to write her own book “From East to West” which was published by Collins Fount in 1989.
Brigid was commissioned in 1990 to paint a headmaster of Cheam School, Berks. Marlin has since painted portraits of several notable individuals. She was chosen as the first artist to paint an official portrait of the Dalai Lama, for which there is a fascinating story accompanying the images of the painting on her site. Her portrait of J.G. Ballard, an admiring quote from whom forms the introduction to Marlin’s site, hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Marlin’s artwork varies from straightforward portraits, painted in the Mische Technique, to Visionary Paintings to Fantasy Portraits, where the two approaches collide.
The Inscape group she founded later transformed into the Society for the Art of Imagination which holds an annual members exhibition. The group has also organised other exhibitions at various other locations around the world.
Brigid currently lives and works on the edge of the English countryside in Hertfordshire, just outside of London and is very active with Art of Imagination projects as well as her own artwork.
- 1989 – From East to West: Awakening to a Spiritual Search (Brigid Marlin) (Fount) ISBN 0-00-622762-7
- 1991 – Paintings in the Mische Technique
- 1999 – Visions of Venice (Christine Marlin, Brigid Marlin) (Byronic Books) ISBN 095145711X
- 2007 – Metamorphosis (beinArt) ISBN 978-0-9803231-0-8
- 2007 – Clara and the Computer Mouse (Brigid Marlin) ISBN 978-0-9557580-1-0
- 1974 – Visions of the Future, first prize for ‘The Rod’
- 1984 – International Art Appreciation Award, USA, first prize
- 1988 – International Painting Competition, Dublin, first prize