MARC OUELLETTE | Master Painter / by Tasha Ostrander & Ben Lincoln

Tom, 2017 oil on canvas 40 x 40 in.

Tom, 2017 oil on canvas 40 x 40 in.

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braveART is pleased to present two, new master works by Marc Ouellette: Tom, a 40 x 40 in. oil on canvas painting is another in the Farm Animal Series; and Man Texting, a 60 x 52 in. oil on canvas is the latest in Ouellete's Fat Men Series.

In an Artist's Statement, Ouellette describes the inspiration and motivation in his work. Ever the master painter, he weaves raw cultural commentary with own unique version of magical realism. 

Artist's Statement: MARC OUELLETTE

At the core of my interest as a painter is the human condition as observed in American* contemporary life. I gravitate towards white men as subjects, primarily, because I am a white man; and secondly, I have for decades been troubled with questions of masculinity and over-consumption in our society. I paint people, in general, because ultimately my concern is with society as a whole. I also paint portraits of barnyard animals. Since childhood a part of me has had a romantic vision of life on a farm.  

Frequently, I search for my subjects at the beach. There I find humanity fascinating. Stripped of everyday clothing and accessories–the indicators of social status and occupation–my subjects are, by choice, casually and frankly revealed. What I paint begins with what I observe that draws my interest. This includes the excesses of American life, which may be reflected by overweight individuals, at leisure or on their phones. 

Generally the paintings contain a single subject, exposed and isolated in the nearly featureless landscape, in glinting sunlight. Mundane objects may be included for the sake of context or simply composition. One reason for a painting (as opposed to the original photographic image): the painting removes us as viewers a step further away from the experience and character of the individual and towards the universal. I don’t expect the viewer to recognize him/herself in my paintings, except in the broader sense of humanity. I intend my paintings to visually and emotionally engage the viewer and to perhaps raise questions about who we are and where we are going as Americans.

*United State of America

 

Man Texting, 2017 oil on canvas 60 x 52 in.

Man Texting, 2017 oil on canvas 60 x 52 in.

More from the Fat Men Series...

Independence Day, 2014 oil on canvas 40 x 50 in.

Independence Day, 2014 oil on canvas 40 x 50 in.

Happy, 2015 oil on canvas 40 x 38 in.

Happy, 2015 oil on canvas 40 x 38 in.