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Inspired by the cathedrals of the natural world: the mountains, the giant trees, the astonishing rock formations I have explored techniques that are both considered and spontaneous to compose non-repeatable gestures, much in the same way the world is sculpted by the wind, time, and water.
For most of my career as a sculptor, I have carved Styrofoam in a choreographed dance with an electrically heated wire and manipulated hot wax with water in an effort to create compelling objects.
As the setting sun or morning sunrise reveals the form and texture of our landscapes, my current work uses projected and programmable colored lights to expose subtleties in my created sculptures and to provide for the audience an experiential event.
“Paint The World” my most recent project has come full circle. I have taken the lights to nature to explore what this will reveal. The results and process have been documented through photography and video.
Often times with the frenetic pace of daily life the specifics of the natural environment are overlooked. Through my art process I want to offer an expanded vision of the way we can observe the world around us.

1982-1985     M.F.A. Sculpture   
    Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois   
1971-1975     B.A. Biology   
    B.A. Political Science,
University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon   
1973-1974     Snoghoj Hojskole, Fredrica, Denmark   
2016    Commonwealth and Council Gallery, Los Angeles, CA   
2012     Kristan Marvell, Century 21 Plaza, Woodland Hills, California   
2007    LA Artcore, Los Angeles, California   
2004    Ochi Fine Arts, Sun Valley, Idaho   
2002    LA Artcore, Los Angeles, California   
2000    Brand Library Gallery, Glendale, California   
1999    LA Artcore, Los Angeles, California   
    Ochi Fine Art, Sun Valley, Idaho   
1996    LA Artcore, Los Angeles, California   
1994    LA Artcore, Los Angeles, California   
1992    Shapiro Jameson Gallery, San Francisco, California   
1990    Confrontation with Minimalism, LA Artcore, Los Angeles, California   
1988    Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, California   
1985    Ethical Society, St. Louis, Missouri   
2015    Peggy Zask Gallery, Palos Verde, CA   
2012    GwangHwaMun International Art Festival, Seoul, Korea   
2010    2000 – 2010, ANDLAB. ANDLAB Gallery, Los Angeles, California   
    Sculptures in the Garden/Art Zone, Offramp Gallery, Pasadena, California   
2009    Small Works, Offramp Gallery, Pasadena, California   
    LA Artcore, Los Angeles, California   
2008    Winterowd Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico   
2007    To Occupy. Two person exhibit. Artcore Brewery Annex, Los Angeles, California   
2006    California State University at Bakersfield, Group Show, Bakersfield, California   
2005    Sediment, Two person show, ANDLAB, Los Angeles, California   
2003    BGH Gallery, Group Show, Santa Monica, California   
    Ochi Fine Arts, Group Show, Sun Valley, Idaho   
2001    Target Hollywood, LA Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California   
2000    Big Sculpture, Palos Verde Art Center, Palos Verde, California   
1998    Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto, Japan   
1994    Artist and Architecture, Artspace Gallery, Woodland Hills, California   
1992    Energy, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, California   
1991    Fairbanks Gallery, Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, Oregon   
1989    Art Liminium, Alcan Corp, Montreal, Canada   
    Show-Tokyo, Traveling Exhibit, Kyoto, Tokyo, Osaka, Japan   
1988    Molten Metal, Security Pacific Corporation, Los Angeles, California   
    Recent Work, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, Illinois   
    Professor's Choice 3, Montgomery Gallery, Pomona College, Claremont, California   
1985    The Molten Image: Cast at Carbondale, Knoxville, Tennessee   
    Loyola University Gallery, Group Show, Chicago, Illinois   

City of Hope, Duarte, CA
Rancho Santa Anna Botanical Garden, Claremont, CA
Vibratto Restaurant, Los Angeles, CA
-Florence and Art Cohen    -Lee Lenz   
-Steve Chase    -Paul Kowal   
-Howard S. Wright    -Gwynn Murrill   
-Jack Smith       
Artscene Recommended Exhbitions 2005,
Chattopadhyay, Collette, Kristan Marvell, LA Artcore Registry, October 16, 2004
Torribio-Bond, Sarah, Standing Guard, Claremont Courier; April 14, 2004
Woodard, Joseph, Dual Exhibition, Los Angeles Times; February 18, 2000
Byer, Robert, Sculptural Transmutations, Artweek, 6/25/88, pp.5-6
Schiettekat, Victoria and Simonds, Janice: Kristan Marvell, VISIONS, Vol.6 No.2, Spring 1993, pp 54-55
1989    Current Art in Los Angeles, UCLA Extension Class, Los Angeles, California
1988    Visiting Artist Program, California State University Sonoma, Sonoma, California
1987    Visiting Artist Program Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
1986    Visitng Artist Program, Sonoma State University. Rohnert Park, California

1990-to present. Own and operate Marvell Studio, Inc a sculptural manufacturing service.
Extensive professional experience casting and installing work for artists. Have worked with engineers’ drawings, mounting systems, and have done necessary budget management. Work has been cast for Gwynn Murrill, Sterling Ruby, Herb Alpert, Peter Shelton and others. These sculptures were installed in such places as Dante Square, New York, NY; the Target Center, Minneapolis, MN, and various Metro Rail Stations in Los Angeles, CA.