Robert Marchessault, Pupuri, acrylic and oil on panel, 60 x 48 inches
Second Time Around the Coastline
July 6 - 26, 2021
Painter Robert Marchessault has long been inspired by the resilience of trees, but in 2020, their fortitude took on a new level of meaning. As we globally faced the rise of one of the most devastating pandemics of modern time, Marchessault turned to subjects that represent adaptation in the face of struggle, growth amid challenge, and longevity against all odds. The trees he has painted for his new exhibition Grow / Re-grow are striking reminders of the perseverance not only of the living things which he so poetically renders, but our own.
Created based on a combination of memories and experiences, Marchessault begins by creating drawings. His trees are not based on photographs or actual trees; instead, the artist orchestrates each tree symbolically. Gnarled trunks and windblown branches are the eloquent results of environmental affects; the beauty of these trees is not in spite of their perseverance, but because of it. The soft greens of new growth and vibrant hues of blooms act as celebratory evidence of the tenacity of these living things, who have weathered the storm and find Spring in sight.
Robert Marchessault, Arcs, oil and acrylic on panel, 52 x 40 inches
Robert Marchessault received a Visual Arts Diploma from Dawson College, Montreal, QC, a BFA from Concordia University, Montreal, QC and an MA from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON. His work has been shown internationally including at Gotland Museum, Visby, Sweden, and many galleries across North America. He’s been the recipient of dozens of awards including a Canada Council Travel Grant. Marchessault’s paintings are in dozens of art collections including 20th Century Fox, Bank of Montreal, Rothschilds Inc, and Royal Bank, among many others.