Annabelle Marquis studied Fine Arts at Cegep St-Laurent and Graphic Arts at Cegep Ahuntsic, both in Montréal. On completion of her schooling, Annabelle devoted six years to graphic arts and illustrations before concentrating on painting in 2006. Her artistic approach is deeply tied to colour and composition and the unique way she mixes collage with paint. Each painting is fresh and spontaneous, full of ‘joie de vivre’. Using mixed media collage with gold leaf she is equally happy painting purely abstract or figurative work. Striking colours and strong design are at the heart of her pieces and draw each viewer further into her world.
Annabelle aims to captivate the gaze of the beholder, but she also strives to connect with the mind. She creates visual scavenger hunts that link conscious to unconscious. Using fragments of magazine, paper, and fabric she spreads her torn handiwork upon the canvas and, little by little, forms come into being. “I enjoy the sensation of dried glue and pigment on my hands… I do not start off with a preconceived idea; the paper guides me.” Subjects emerge, sometimes discernable but sometimes less so. In Annabelle’s work, the value of craft meets an impressive intuitive strength. This prolific union creates a universe in which rich patterns and textures nourish sight and spirit, to our utmost delight.
"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
Annabelle’s work has been available for purchase at the West End Gallery since 2010