Digital artist Marc enjoyed a successful career as a record executive before joining forces with oil painter Scarlett Raven to create their groundbreaking World War One project, The Danger Tree.
During his 18-year stint as the president of Island Records, Marc worked with many of the UK’s most successful recording artists, including Pulp, The Cranberries and U2.
In 2014, Scarlett approached him to be her manager. Inspired by the potential of technology, he suggested using the augmented reality programme Blippar and the pair formed the creative banner Maven Art.
Naming themselves ‘The Augmentists’, the duo combine their skillsets to create art which reveals the poignant story of the Great War through poems, animation and music.
Marc says: “Our work is highly emotionally-charged, and its power lies in allowing our audience to immerse themselves in very powerful feelings. It takes them out of the here and now. We don’t hold an exhibition, we hold a visual experience.”
In 1916, the Irish soldier Tom Kettle penned a farewell poem to his three-year-old daughter. ‘You’ll ask why I abandoned you…my darling rosebud,’ he wrote from the trenches at the Battle of the Somme. Five days later, with the ink barely dry on his paper, he fell in one of the bloodiest battles of World War One. His story, and those of other brave soldiers, are captured in The Danger Tree.
As the brainchild of painter Scarlett Raven and digital artist Marc, this groundbreaking collection is a poignant exploration of the hidden tales of the Great War. Fusing traditional oil painting and augmented reality technology, The Danger Tree takes viewers on a visual journey through history.
Marc says: “It may seem odd, but we want our art to upset people to make them think.The application of augmented reality facilitates the introduction of powerful multimedia. We add poetry, stories, letters, diary entries, music and photography to the beautiful stop motion animations created by Scarlett."
From her classroom, Scarlett Raven created an imaginary world where Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo and Salvador Dali were her friends. Her new collection, Portrait: The Reason Why I Paint, has seen her embark on the rediscovery of herself and her art to create a series of startling works that capture her childhood heroes.
Working together with Marc Marot, the thick oil paint of Scarlett's portrait masterpieces are brought to life through augmented reality productions. Find out more about augmented reality on our blog here.
Would you like to be the first to see Scarlett and Marc's new collection? Come along to Cass Art Glasgow
Cass Art Glasgow - 3rd to 13th September
63 - 67 Queen Street,
We're delighted to invite you on a journey exploring The Danger Tree since it first launched in Greenwich in July 2016. After travelling nationwide over the last three years, this exhibition of animated artwork has captured the hearts of collectors.
Exhibiting some stunning limited edition and original oil paintings, our Newcastle gallery will be home to The Danger Tree from 23rd March to the 21st April.
Since 2016, the augmented reality series The Danger Tree has captured audiences around the world. Exploring the true story of World War One through paint, animation and poetry, Scarlett Raven and Marc Marot have broken new ground for the medium of art.
We are proud to invite you to a further exhibition of The Danger Tree at our Chester gallery.
As a child struggling with dyslexia, Scarlett Raven expressed herself through paint. Encouraged by her art teacher, she created a world in which Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dalí and Vincent van Gogh were her friends. Their inner turmoil, self-love and courage gave her the confidence to pursue her dream of becoming an artist, and now, inspired by their self-portraits, she has reconnected with her 11-year-old self for a heart-warming journey of rediscovery.
It’s the first collection for Scarlett following her groundbreaking World War One project, The Danger Tree. Co-creator Marc Marot has once again integrated the artworks with layers of multimedia, including animation, graphics, music and narration – viewable with the Artivive app.
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