braveART Takes On: MARC OUELLETTE / by Tasha Ostrander & Ben Lincoln

Self Portrait As Mechanic In Pastoral Setting 2004, oil on canvas, 64"x 42"

Self Portrait As Mechanic In Pastoral Setting 2004, oil on canvas, 64"x 42"

 

 

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braveART is pleased to present American figurative, landscape and still life painter, Marc Ouellette

Marc Dimitry Ouellette was born in 1959 in Syracuse, NY. He has Ukranian and French Canadian roots. He attended SUNY New Paltz until 1983.

Ouellette's subjects, who often live in pastoral and romantic settings, exist with underlying social and political commentary. He uses painting techniques of old masters confronting contemporary subject matter. Whether in figurative or landscape form, the contextual atmospheres all relate - simultaneously referential of the historical style and the modern day elucidation inherent within. 

Ouellette explains:

"I refer to photographs for subject matter. The photographs come from a variety of sources but are mostly my own. They are a starting point. They can vary from human portraits to farm-yard animals, landscapes, still lives to human figures – whatever plays into my current concerns. From these photographic images my subjects emerge. The image is cropped, manipulated, reduced. Throughout the painting process, I might subtract or add elements, further tuning the composition towards it's completion.

Ultimately we are alone at our core. We are singular. We retain a privacy. While we are alive we consume (sometimes more than our share) and some grow soft and complacent; we may feign seriousness and play silly games. Our lives are brief. 

For me there is something very attractive about being alone, a beauty in self-reflection. But aloneness can also be sad, and isolating and lonely. Even terrifying.

My focus as a painter is the confluence of beauty and isolation in contemporary life".

In his work Ouellette frequently explores, by the use of overweight figures, issues of western society's over-consumption of resources. This perhaps speaks to deeper issues within the human state of being and contemporary society. He juxtaposes his work that expresses these sentiments with other pieces that include farm-yard animals, still lives, portraits, the occasional landscape and abstract.

He names among his major influences Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Odd Nerdrum, Gerhardt Richter, Jenny Saville, Gottfried Helnwein, JMW Turner and the Old Masters, especially Rembrandt and Vermeer. Also the Santa Fe-based artist, and his friend, Kathleen Morris has impacted him greatly. From her early Truchas, NM open-air studio she created large canvases that were rich, textural and with color-bold surfaces that touched him as an early oil painter.

Ouellette is a self taught painter who now works mostly with oils. His paintings can be found in private collections in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, San Francisco, Boulder, Chicago, Houston, Dallas and New York.

Pig 2013, oil on canvas, 28"x36"

Pig 2013, oil on canvas, 28"x36"

Pear 2013, oil on canvas, 22"x22"

Pear 2013, oil on canvas, 22"x22"

Le Coq 2012, oil on canvas, 32"x40"

Le Coq 2012, oil on canvas, 32"x40"