Courtesy West End Gallery
Annabelle Marquis, "Chrysalide", mixed media on canvas, 30" x 40"
Born: Montreal, 1979
Studied: Fine Arts, C.E.G.E.P. St-Laurent (College)/ Graphic arts, C.E.G.E.P. Ahuntsic
Price Range: $1,000 - $3,000
Co-owners Dan and Lana Hudon at Edmonton and Victoria’s West End Gallery stress two things to collectors — quality and personal visual satisfaction. “You have to like — no, love — the work if you’re going to live with it for long time,” says Dan. One of their recent finds is Annabelle Marquis an emerging artist who has captured the interest of several patrons, including experienced collectors. In fact she recently acquired representation in New York.
Marquis devoted six years to graphic arts and illustration before the desire for more artistic freedom prompted her to pursue her own creativity. Her first solo exhibition in 2006 was a success and she has continued to pursue her artistic vision with a passion. Marquis combines her vibrant youth with her artistic maturity in an approach to painting that is deeply tied to colour and composition. Working with both representational and abstract images, her mixed media, collage-inspired canvases strike a graceful balance between fragmentation and beauty. Blending rugged edges and torn paper motifs with painterly brushwork, she has created a dynamic interaction of electric colour, with abstract and real forms, and various textures.
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