In spectacularly atmospheric abstract compositions, Montreal-based artist Annabelle Marquis combines paints and collage so that they flow together organically. In certain pieces, the expressive brushstrokes seem to bleed out from the paper fragments, as if the collage elements inspired Marquis’s painted forms. Elsewhere, however, cloud-like swaths of grays, reds, white and gold funnel towards a central cluster of pasted images, suggesting that, perhaps, the paints are crystallizing or condensing into a different material. Exploring each canvas is an alchemical process, changing in style, form and medium as the eye moves from diffuse painted sections into sharp and precise collage.

As acrylic and paper merge, sometimes imperceptibly, Marquis offers a new perspective on a style of quintessentially Quebecois Abstract Expressionism pioneered by Paul-Émile Borduas. The practically baroque, glossy textures and rich colors of the collage elements stand in stark contrast to the surrounding sparse acrylic fogs. By shaping and deploying cut-outs as if they were daubs of paint, Marquis tests our perception and helps us to see differently.

 

Merites and rewards,

* First Jury Grand Prize in mixte media for "Les ailes d'Icare"

(26th International Visual Art Contest 2009)

* Finalist for "L'accalmie du Littoral", National contest of painting - Festival Rêves d'automne 2010 Baie St-Paul

* Grand distinction prize in abstraction for "Avant l'orage", Contest - Festival des cultures francophone, (Marennes/France 2011)

* First Jury Grand Prize in mixte media for "Le Duc narcisse"

(28th International Visual Art Contest 2011)

* Special Homage Prize Roumanie 2012 for "Rose de Roumanie" - Collective exhibition Romania Navy Museum

* Silver medal in mixte media for "Sous l'emprise d'Eole" - Collective exhibition, Galleria la Pigna UCAI, Palazzo Del Vicariato Maffei Marescotti of Rome, Italy

* Prize "The grand laureate of laureate" for " Proie convoitée", attributed once every 10 years

(30e International Visual Art Contest 2014)

* Silver medal in mixte media for "La fiesta" - Collective exhibition at Casa da Cultura do Auditorio Municipal de Cangas, Spain

 

2016

New York - Affordable Art Fair NYC

HONG KONG - Affordable Art Fair

BAIE-ST-PAUL - Art Battle, le Germain Hotel

LONDON - Affordable Art Fair Hampstead

BAIE-ST-PAUL - Live painting, le Germain Hotel

 

 

2015

Singapore - Affordable Art Fair Singapore

Hong Kong - ACAS Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Affordable Art Fair, Arteria Gallery

Victoria, BC – Solo exhibition

Baie-St-Paul – Solo exhibition

 

2014

Spain- Collective exhibition at Casa da Cultura do Auditorio Municipal de Cangas

Baie-St-Paul – Live painting at l'Hôtel La Ferme, Iris Gallery

Edmonton/Alberta, Solo Exhibition at West End Gallery

Montreal - Collective exhibition, Popescu Art Center

 

2013

Rome - Collective exhibition, Roma Galleria la Pigna UCAI

Baie St-Paul – Solo exhibition

Montreal – Solo exhibition "Fâme"

Baie St-Paul - Splendeurs et pinceaux, One day Symposium at Massif of Charlevoix. Live painting.

 

2012

Romania - Collective exhibition Romania Navy Museum

Victoria, BC – Solo Exhibition at West End Gallery

Baie St-Paul - Splendeurs et pinceaux, One day Symposium at Massif of Charlevoix. Live painting.

 

2011

Montreal - Collective exhibition, Popescu Art Center

La Malbaie – Live painting, Manoir Richelieu’s Iris Gallery

France – Collective exhibition, Festival des cultures francophone à Marennes

Montreal – Solo exhibition Montreal en lumières festival, Hôtel Nelligan

 

2010

Montreal – Solo exhibition inspired by Emile Nelligan’ works, Hôtel Nelligan

New York – Collective exhibition Agora Gallery

Spain – Collective exhibition Casa cultura Municipal de Cangas en Galice

Holland – Collective exhibition at Galerie Frepel à Klareenbeek

Montreal – Solo exhibition / La Maison Blanche gallery

Montreal – Collective exhibition / St-Lambert Contemporary Art Fair

 

2009

France – Collective exhibition / Saint-Jean d'Angély, Charente Maritime

 

PUBLICATIONS

- BERNIER, Robert «Annabelle Marquis: Un monde suggéré», Parcours, vol.15, no 1,printemps 2010, p.102

- Art is Spectrum the Chelsea Perspective, vol.23, May 2010, p.7

- Décover Mag, #5, juin 2010, p.20

- Lambert, vol 2, no 9, octobre-novembre 2010, p.38

- Focus Victoria's magazine, May 2011, p.24

 

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

- Caisse populaire Desjardins Clermont, Baie-St-Paul

- TD Bank, Edmonton

- Missisquoi Insurances

- Moroccan delegation of Morocco

- HEC Montreal

 

STUDIES

- Plastic Arts, St-Laurent College, Montreal, 1996-1997

- Graphic Arts, Ahuntsic College, Montreal, 1997-2000

- Art History: Work of art analysis, UQAM, Montreal, 2014

- Art History: The Modernist (1940-1968), UQAM, Montreal, 2015