Gillie and Marc – referred to by the media as “the world’s most loving artists,” are extraordinary public artists who have worked side-by-side for over 25 years to create art as one. The artists first met on a film shoot in Hong Kong…then 7 days later ran away to Nepal to get married on the foothills of Mount Everest.
Gillie and Marc’s highly coveted private and public artworks can be found spreading the message of love and conservation in major galleries and cities around the world, including New York, London, Singapore, Shanghai, Sydney and more! They’re Archibald Prize Finalists and won the Chianciano Biennale in Italy, among other notable awards and accolades.
The husband and wife artists are passionate eco-warriors, with a deep respect for the close spiritual bond between humans and animals. Gillie, who is half Dutch and half Indian, grew up in Zambia where she discovered her love for art by drawing pencil sketches of the captivating wildlife around her. Tragically, when she was only a child, an elephant was brutally shot before her eyes. This had a profound impact on the artist, who vowed to dedicate her life and work to protecting Earth’s innocent animals. Marc grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and is an Austrian Jew who comes from a family of holocaust survivors. In his twenties, he traveled to Tanzania to see the work being conducted by Jane Goodall with chimpanzees. Through this experience, he gained a deep appreciation for the ways all living things are interconnected, and the importance of protecting the balance of our natural surroundings.
The artists are best known for their beloved characters, Rabbitwoman and Dogman, who tell the autobiographical tale of two opposites coming together to become best friends and soul mates. As unlikely animal kingdom companions, the Rabbit and the Dog stand for diversity and acceptance through love. Gillie and Marc believe art is a powerful platform for change. Their art is multi-disciplinary, paying homage to the importance of togetherness, as well as the magnificence of the natural world, and the necessity of preserving it – FOR WE ARE IT AND IT IS US.