Untitled by Annabelle Marquis, 40 x 40 inches, mixed media
Saturday, June 16
Annabelle Marquis: Spread Your Wings
West End Gallery
June 16 - 28, artist Quebec Annabelle Marquis’s stunning work will be on display at West End Gallery. Her large canvases explore beyond collage’s usual settings of abstraction and surrealism, bringing together a wild amalgam of textures and prints, creating kaleidoscopic compositions that test our perception. Marquis turns the canvas into a detailed story, where the viewer is simultaneously sucked-in and blown-away while contemplating her artwork. The subject of a new piece often comes to her through the decoupages she’s gathered; at other times the mixture of paper on canvas dictates the subject. Marquis revels in the benefits of accidental occurrences, constantly striving to push herself out of her comfort zone. Each piece is created with authenticity and integrity, fresh and spontaneous, full of joie de vivre. Says the artist:“My works are like children; each has their own individuality. You have wishes and expectations on what they will become, but things never turn out as you first thought and that’s fine as it is!”
Marquis won First Jury Grand Prize at the Annual Concours-Gala Internationnal des Arts Visuels in 2009 for Mixed Media, and again in 2011 for Technique. In 2014 at the 30th Annual Concours-Gala Internationnal des Arts Visuels, Marquis was presented with the Grand Prize in Painting for her piece “Proie Convoitée.” This great honor of Grande Lauréate des Lauréats is awarded only once every 10 years by the Québec Society of Painters and Sculptors.
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