17 June - 6 July 2010
about the exhibition
The vibrant paintings of Marc Rambeau radiate a sense of vitality through movement, light and colour. His recent work is inspired by the geology and botany of the Australian bush, in particular, the vast empty landscapes that surround his home in Canberra. Marc’s paintings, devoid of any human presence, possess a unique energy and strength created through his abstracted mark making and use of thickly applied paint. His use of rice paper on linen as his canvas is a rare technique, with the distinctive creases perfectly evoking the rich texture of Australia’s drought-affected soil, rocks and trees. This Chinese technique, practically unique in Western paintings, also allows Marc to simultaneously create a landscape that is both subtle and bold.
Born in France in 1945, Marc Rambeau studied art at the Villa Thiole, the French School for Visual Arts, and at the National School for Arts Decoratifs, Nice, France. In 1964, Marc continued his studies when he joined the Robert Boell Atelier in Toulon, France, which lead him to work in the South Pacific from 1968. After residing in Noumea, Tahiti, and New Zealand, Marc made Australia his home in 1985. Often described as a nomadic artist, Marc continues to travel and exhibits regularly in Singapore, Hong Kong, Paris, Tahiti, Noumea, New Zealand and Australia.