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BIOGRAPHY

Marj Bond studied drawing and painting at Glasgow School of Art, tutored by Alex Dick, David Donaldson, Mary Armour and Benno Schotz. This training gave her a love of the physicality of paint but also left behind a puritanical fear, inhibitions which were swept away during three months spent travelling through India in 1988.

The importance of surface texture runs parallel to her passion for intense colour and explains her fondness for collage: "I don't like a smooth, swisy swashy surface ... I want my paint to have a plasticity, a highly worked 3D quality", much enhanced by her discovery of a handmade paper in Jaipur. Other journeys include those to Italy, Mexico and Spain.

Solo exhibitions: Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh (1991, 1994, 1996) and the Thackeray Gallery, London (1991, 1994, 1996). Group exhibitions: Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Compass Gallery, Glasgow (1987), Mall Gallery (1990), Islington London Art Fair (1994) and Scottish Painters, Fosse Gallery (1995).

Bond's works are included in collections held by Edinburgh University, Proctor & Gamble, Perth Art Gallery, Art in Hospitals, and private collections in the UK, USA and Sweden.

In 1989 the artist was elected to both the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour and the Scottish Society of Artists.