Québec artist Annabelle Marquis studied Fine Arts at Cégep Saint-Laurent and Graphic Arts at Collège Ahuntsic, both in Montréal. After graduating, Marquis worked as a graphic artist and illustrator for a number of years before concentrating on painting fulltime, exhibiting her artwork for the first time in 2006. Marquis’ atmospheric abstract compositions entice the viewer with a dynamic interaction of form, colour, and texture, her mix of collage and expressive brushstrokes creating a sense of flowing fragmentation. Determined and passionate, she started submitting paintings in art competitions, and her name quickly began to circulate. 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. Just this past year, 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.
Annabelle Marquis’ artwork explores 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. Annabelle Marquis’ artwork has been available for purchase at the West End Gallery since 2010.
"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!" - Annabelle Marquis