I would like my painting to initiate a dialogue with the observer, to offer a subtle reminder of our fundamental task, a search for happiness.


About Marcel Desbiens

Marcel was born in Quebec, Canada living and studying in the French speaking region. He studied art at CEGEP DE SHERBROOKE for 2 years after his grade 12 and decided to be a full time artist straight away. His research for the ultimate oil painting technique leads him to the Old Masters in the renaissance period. Marcel has been painting and teaching those methods for the last 40 years, winning prestigious art prize and public art projects.

Born on June 15, 1954, in Péribonka, Québec, Canada
Living in Brisbane, Australia since 1990.

Education

1973 –1975
Sherbrooke Cegep, Fine Arts
Since 1975 Research and experimentation on the painting techniques.

Professional Teaching Experience

I have been conducting successful workshops interstate and overseas since the 1980’s. My instructions are based on methods taken from the traditional Venetian and Flemish techniques to produce exquisite contemporary paintings. I teach foundation courses in oil from Introductory Level to Level 4 and short workshops in specialized subject, some of which include flowers, atmospheric skies and landscapes, fabrics, water reflections and skin tones to name a few. I have been the Director and tutor at Brisbane Painting Classes in Brisbane. I teach both courses and workshops to artists of all levels from beginners to professional artists.

2012 to present Director and artist tutor at Brisbane Painting Classes, Queensland
2012 to present Art mentoring programs thorough the year
2012 to present Tutoring specialized workshops in flowers, landscapes, water textures, skin tone, abstract, atmospheric perspective effects in Landscapes, skies and clouds.
2012 to present Tutoring Oil Painting Foundation Courses - Introductory to Level 1 and 2
2012 5 Day Workshop – Cairns ArtEscape, Cairns, Queenslan
2013 Inspiring young artists 3-5 year olds at API Little Cribb St Childcare Centre, Milton, Brisbane, Queensland
2013 5 Day Workshop – Cairns ArtEscape, Cairns, Queensland
2014 Guest Judge at the Brookfield Art Show, Brisbane, Queensland
2014 Guest Judge at the cannon Hill Anglican College, Brisbane, Queensland
2014 Flower workshop, Samford Valley
2015 5 Day Workshop – Cairns ArtEscape, Cairns, Queensland
2016 Judge for the Cairns Art Society 2016 exhibition
2018 Judge for the Art Spectacular exhibition, Brisbane
2019 5 Day workshop- Bathurst Summer School

Prior to 2012 I have conducted various workshops throughout Brisbane including Illustration House at Southbank, BEMAC at Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Woolloongabba, Gold Coast Art School, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Laidley, Warwick and Toowoomba.


As I have progressed over the years with my painting I have turned towards the essential, back to basics - beauty. To recognise and appreciate external beauty is to reconnect with our own, a small but important step towards a better world.

Marcel Desbiens

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
2018 Brisbane Casino, Australia
2016 Stanthorpe Regional Gallery, Stanthorpe, Australia
2016 Lasting Impression Gallery, Kennilworth, Australia
2011 Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
2009 Gallery 2120, Brisbane, Australia
2008 Gadfly Gallery, Delkeith, Perth, Australia
2007 Delshan Art Gallery, Modern Art, Melbourne, Australia
2007 Gadfly Gallery, Delkeith, Perth, Australia
2006 Delshan Art Gallery, Modern Art, Melbourne, Australia
2005 Maria Perides Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
2004 Delshan Art Gallery, Modern Art, Melbourne, Australia
2003 Musee Louis Hemon, Peribonka, Quebec, Canada
2000 Galerie la corniche, Chicoutimi, Canada
1997 Delshan Art Gallery, Modern Art, Melbourne, Australia
1996 Valerie Cohen Fine Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia
1996 Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
1994 “Le moment présent”, Ipswich Regional Gallery, Ipswich, Australia
1992 “De la fiction à la réalité”, exposition itinérante :
1992 Centre culturel de Dolbeau, Dolbeau, Canada
1992 Salon du Conseil régional de la culture, Jonquière, Canada
1992 Promenade du Vieux-Québec, Québec, Canada
1985 Caisse Populaire de Sherbrooke-Est, Sherbrooke, Canada
1983 Galerie coopérative des arts visuels, Chicoutimi, Canada
1980 Galerie Menasen, Sherbrooke, Canada
1975 Café de la Cour, Québec, Canada

Group Exhibitions:

2018 Painting for Peace, Fundraising for BFT Cambodia, Marcel Desbiens Studio Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
2018 49 th Brisbane Grammar School Art Show
2018 Tattersall’s Club Landscape Prize, Brisbane, Australia
2018 10,000 Lethbridge prize, Brisbane
2017 48 th Brisbane Grammar School Art Show
2017 Tattersall’s Club Landscape Prize, Brisbane, Australia
2017 10,000 Lethbridge prize, Brisbane
2016 Tattersall’s Club Landscape Prize, Brisbane, Australia
2016 47 th Brisbane Grammar School Art Show”IMPRESSION”
2016 10,000 Lethbridge prize, Brisbane
2015 Tattersall’s Club Landscape Prize, Brisbane, Australia
2015 Sunshine Coast environmental art award
2015 Art Spectacular, Combined Brisbane Rotary Club Brisbane, Australia
2015 10,000 Lethbridge prize, Brisbane
1996-2015 Tattersall’s Club Landscape Prize, Brisbane, Australia
2002-2015 Combined Brisbane Rotary Club Brisbane
2012-2015 10,000 Lethbridge prize, Brisbane
2012 Mortimore Prize
2011 Lethbridge Gallery group show
2006-07 The Black Snake Art Award, Queensland, Australia
2005 Whyalla Art Prize, South Australia
2005 Works for the blues, Brisbane, Australia
2005 Reflections of life, Art Prize, Brisbane
2002 Warwick Art Gallery Art Prize
2001 Works for the blues, Brisbane, Australia
1999 Verlie Just Town Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
1999 Western Gallery, Toowoomba, Australia
1998 Alice Bale, Art Award, Melbourne, Australia
1998 Ex. Cat. Smith & Stoneley Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
1998 Redlands Art Awards, Cleveland, Australia
1998 The Gold Medal Art Show, Melbourne, Australia
1995 “The Sky is the Limit”, The Contemporary Art and Design Gallery, Brisbane,
1995 “When Angels Prey”, The Bauhaus Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
1994 “Drawing Connection”, Metro Arts, Brisbane, Australia
1994 Moreton Shire Exposition, Ipswich, Australia
1993 “Crossing”, BEMAC – Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
1989 “Rencontre parallèle”, Montréal, Canada
1988 “Living Nature”, Natural Sciences Museum, Ottawa, Canada
1986 “Du beau dans l’espace”, Galerie de la B.C.P., Alma, Canada
1985 “Québec-France”, Expo Prestige, Joliette, Canada
1984 Centre international d’art contemporain, Paris, France
1984 Galerie Pierre Labrecque, Trois-Rivières, Canada
1975-84 Various exhibitions in different regions in Canada

Awards:

2007 First prize, Best of show, The Black Snake Art Award, Queensland, Australia
2006 First prize, Best of show, The Black Snake Art Award, Queensland, Australia
2006 Best Landscape, The Black Snake Art Award, Queensland, Australia
2004 Commended, Tattersall’s Club Landscape Prize Brisbane, Australia
2003 Best Oil or Acrylic, Art Spectacular, The Combined Brisbane Rotary Clubs, Brisbane, Australia
1996 First prize, Tattersall’s Club Landscape Prize Brisbane, Australia
1994 First prize, Moreton Shire Exposition, Ipswich, Australia
1989 Le prix d’excellence, Concours national des arts visuels, “Rencontre parallèle, Montréal, Canada

Mentions:

  • Art in Vogue, 100 Contemporary artists, Hardcover 256 pages, 2010
  • "Who is who of Australian Visual Artists", 1995
  • "Royaume aux cents trésors", Ed. Promotion Ad Librum, Canada, 1994 : p. 27, 94
  • Félix Vallée, "Le guide Vallée", 1986 et 1992, Montréal, Canada
  • Guy Fournier, “Mieux connaître”, Roberval, Canada, 1986 : p. 34-36.
  • Clément Fortin, "Cent peintres rendent hommage à Maria Chapdelaine", C.F. ed. Alma, Canada

Collections:

  • Domtar Inc., Dolbeau, Québec, Canada
  • Musée Louis-Hémon, Péribonka, Québec, Canada
  • Hotel de ville et Centre sportif, Girardville, Canada
  • Minto Construction Ltée, Ottawa, Canada
  • First Provincial Building Society, Ipswich, Australia
  • Caisse Populaire de Sherbrooke-Est, Sherbrooke, Canada
  • Caisse Populaire de Girardville, Girardville, Canada
  • Rydges Hotel, Southbank, Brisbane, Australia
  • Tattersall’s Club, Brisbane, Australia
  • Ehime Women’s College, Ehime, Japan
  • Maharaji Center, Amaroo, Queensland, Australia
  • Robina Hospital, Queensland , Australia
  • Brisbane Grammar School, Queensland , Australia

Catalogues:

  • "Ex. Cat.", Brisbane, Australia, 1998
  • "Le moment présent", Ipswich, Australia, 1994
  • "Drawing Connections", Brisbane, Australia, 1994
  • "Crossing", Brisbane, Australia, 1993
  • "Rencontre parallèle", Montréal, Canada, 1989
  • "Living Nature Vivante", Ottawa, Canada, 1988
  • "Sélection 1984", Paris, France, 1984

Artist Directories :

  • Art in Vogue, 100 Contemporary artists, Hardcover 256 pages, 2010
  • Queensland Art Workers Alliance, Australia, www.artworkers.org
  • Queensland College of Art Library, Griffith University, Australia
  • The Dictionary of Australian Artists, CD ROM, Maquarie University, Australia
  • Index of Canadian Artists (VisualArts)
  • Répertoire des artistes canadiens (Arts visuels) Ottawa, Canada

Murale painting projects :

1979 Mural dyptique, Sport Centre Girardville, Canada, 2 sections of 10’ x 20’ each (3m. x 12m.)
2001 Commission in a private house, Hawthorne, Qld, 2.4m. High x 8m. Long
2003 Commission in a private house, Broadbeach Qld, 3.5m. High x 8m. Long
2004 Mural Chermside Library, Concept, design, supervision and final coat in cooperation with a high school art students group, 2.4m x 10m
2008 Commission for Delshan Gallery’s client, Melbourne, 1.5m x 2.5m
2007 Murale Environment Centre, Jardin Scullion, Lac St Jean, Canada 120 squares metre, concept, design and painting with 3 artists
2010 Public art, Robina Hospital, Queensland Australia, completed 03-2011

Commissions:

2010 Concept Design for Robina Health Precinct, Robina, Gold Coast
2010 Commissioned Public Artwork for Robina Hospital, main entrance, Robina, Gold Coast