Robert Marchessault’s love of trees is evident in his serene compositions. Although done with intricate detail and luminous color, Marchessault’s trees are not species specific, but rather are the artists’ creations. He takes his vast knowledge of trees, gained through hands-on experience of extensive planting and tending, and considers trees’ significance as indicators of the health of our environments and global climate. Each tree floats on an abstract atmospheric background, allowing for something akin to landscape painting but in a style all his own.
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, and has received extensive press coverage. Marchessault’s paintings are in dozens of art collections including 20th Century Fox, Bank of Montreal, Rothschilds Inc, and Royal Bank, among many others.