LIFE IN THE ARTS - Artist, Anne Marchand delivers news from the Washington, DC Arts Scene
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Recent Abstractions by Anne Marchand opens at the Morris Museum of Art
Many thanks to friends, family, and art supporters who came out to hear the artist talk and celebrate with us during the reception. I hope you will return to bring your family, friends and art lovers to see the exhibition in this jewel of a museum nestled in Augusta, Georgia! I'll be returning soon!
Recent Abstractions by Anne Marchand, opened to the public Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the Morris Museum of Art. The exhibition features twenty-five bold, colorful, large-scale abstract paintings by renowned artist Anne Marchand, remains on display through April 14, 2019.
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Anne Marchand says that growing up in such a colorful environment, redolent with Spanish, French, and African influences left a lasting impression on her color sensibility. She traveled widely throughout the South, which had a similarly profound effect on her developing a visual vocabulary of form and color derived from nature. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art from Auburn University in 1971 and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Georgia in 1975. Since the mid-seventies, she has lived and worked in Washington D.C. She and her artist husband have traveled widely, experiencing the visual cultures of Europe, Central America, India, and Thailand. All have served as inspiration for her art.
Her vibrant paintings are alive with shifting space, moving color, and animated lines. They reflect a range of perspectives: images of deep space, views from airplanes and automobiles, perceptions of natural and manmade textures and patterns, along with their emotional resonances, all distilled together. Her mature work is the result of years of experimentation, particularly with acrylic mediums and interference and pearlescent pigments. With these materials, qualities of radiance and light became active metaphors reflecting an inner state of being. Images of planets from the Hubble telescope inspired the painter to introduce circular imagery into her work. The nebulas and galaxies suggested biological structures, and Marchand realized the connection between space and the body as manifestations of the same universal energy. Her paintings capture a sense of wonder, introspection, and imagination.
“Space, color and mystery are calling cards to begin the work of layering materials on canvas,” said Marchand. “Moving with both conscious and spontaneous actions, I combine themes of spirit and matter. My choice of materials conveys transparent layers and depth of meaning reflecting the mysteries of creation and destruction. The painting process is metaphor for patterns emerging in nature and from invisible forces. I am drawn to images that open the viewer to questions about personal experience, consciousness and transformation.”
Marchand’s work has been recognized with many honors and awards. It is part of many corporate and private collections across the country, and has been exhibited widely in museums and galleries from New York to California. She teaches private classes and maintains a studio in Washington, D.C.
Join us as we celebrate the presentation of the stunning exhibition, 'Recent Abstractions by Anne Marchand' in the galleries. Art Daily Article
Museum admission: members, FREE; nonmembers, $5 per person. Exhibition continues through April 14. __
The Morris Museum of Art was founded in 1985 and opened to the public in 1992. It is the oldest museum in the country that is devoted to the art and artists of the American South. The museum’s permanent collection of five thousand works of art, dating from the late-eighteenth century to the present, represents every aspect of the region’s visual culture. The Morris is open to the public from Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m., and on Sunday, noon–5:00 p.m. For more information about the Morris Museum of Art, visit www.themorris.org or call 706-724-7501.
Marchand Programs supported in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and
Humanities, an agency which is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts
HIGH-RES IMAGES & IMAGE CREDITS AVAILABLE / MEDIA CONTACT: / Nicole.mcleod @ themorris.org / 706-828-3815
Morris Museum of Art / 1 Tenth St. / Augusta, GA 30901 / 706.724.7501 / themorris.org