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About Marilyn Jane Comparetto


Born on 4 January 1952 in Rayners Lane, Harrow, Middlesex ,United Kingdom to Joan and Arthur Tokeley as the third child of five.


Marilyn grew up with her parents and siblings in a nearby village called Eastcote. And was influenced by her parents who were gifted with abilities ranging through the field of arts.


Marilyn 's mother Joan, who was a dedicated mother and wife, wrote poetry, prose ,lyrics and short stories throughout her life. Joan did have some of her poetry published and also won contests for her short stories.

Marilyn's father Arthur was an electronic engineer and spent the majority of his life working hard to support his large family. Arthur was also gifted with the ability of being able to read and play music, paint, and write prose. During Arthur's retirement years he took up making violins from scratch, these were sold to members of the public and others were given as gifts to the members of the family.


At the age of 19 Marilyn picked up a paint brush and taught herself to paint mainly pictures of wild life. Marilyn first started to exhibit in 1976 with her works first displayed in a small local library in South Norwood, London and has since gone on to exhibit nationally and internationally.


In 2002, after 30 years of drawing and painting through the observation and the delivery of a more illustrative art, Marilyn Comparetto began to experiment. Consequently later works very rarely just illustrate the things or people that occupy the world. Even a representation of objects grouped in a painterly composition may reveal sections of the artist’s own life.


Following an initial intensive time of experimentation, Marilyn finally found she could be totally expressive by breaking all the rules and ignoring all of the criticism around her. Marilyn continues to develop the theoretical approach of portraying emotions and connotations intertwined within the compositions of her art work. Creating paintings by pulling deep thoughts and emotions from her own subconscious or/and from influences in the world around her she spews them onto the canvas. As part of this process Marilyn often not only gives a visual image but also creates, and attaches, some poems or prose so that the viewer can understand the emotions that were being delivered in front of them.  Marilyn has named this free style form of art ‘Mixism-the ultimate form of expressionism and has demonstrated this style of art around the UK to 20 art societies (see biography for further information). Today Marilyn continues to develop her Mixism works, alongside the more traditional style of works.


Other Activities


Marilyn has:


  • Between 2006 and 2016 Marilyn provided some 30 art demonstrations to art clubs in the south east of England and also provided some art workshops. Marilyn will now continue to offer art workshops via Mardleybury Gallery. For further information please follow this link:



  • developed, organized and curated several national and international online art competitions in a bid to encourage other artists.  For further information see:


  • Participated in an international art project with the Peace & Art Society - with art exhibited in Portugal during 2014-2015


  • Participated in an international art project with Gogyoyshi Art Project - with art exhibited in South Korea during 2015



Current Projects:



  • Developing future projects to be delivered with Mardlebury Gallery, Datchworth



Background information


Marilyn is the mother to her own eight children, triplets, three singletons and twins  and also a mother to her husbands three sons. Although now the grandmother to 32  grandchildren Marilyn still continues to be an active artist.



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