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.
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
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.
Solo Exhibitions2016 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
2016 Tattersall’s Club Landscape Prize, Brisbane, Australia 2016 47 th Brisbane Grammar School Art Show”IMPRESSION” 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
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
- 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
- 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, completion 30-1-2011
- "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
2010 Concept Design for Robina Health Precinct, Robina, Gold Coast 2010 Commissioned Public Artwork for Robina Hospital, main entrance, Robina, Gold Coast