14 June - 2 July 2007
about the exhibition
In all of Marc Rambeau’s painting there is a vibrancy of movement and light within the picture plane, a heightened colour palette and always a sense of freshness and vitality. The latest series of works are no exception, a celebration of women as the artist’s central inspiration, reflecting on his journey from childhood to maturity in which the women in his life played a pivotal role. Using several media, Marc creates gestural, vibrant work that demonstrates an honesty and openness complimented by an ability to combine both the personal and the universal, the present and the past. Central to Marc’s painting is his courage to embrace change, and over the decades he has navigated his subject matter effortlessly from Pacific island figurative paintings to Parisian sketches; Beijing street scenes to Flinders Ranges’ landscapes. Through this varied and active art practice, Marc has consistently maintained a firm and controlling vision; a vigorous visual language in which all the colour, sensuality and diversity of life is positively celebrated.
Born in France, Marc Rambeau studied art at the Villa Thiole (French School for Visual Arts) and at the National School for Arts Decoratifs in Nice from 1961 to 1963. In 1964, he joined the Robert Boell Atelier in Toulon where he continued his studies. In 1968 Marc’s work took him to the South Pacific where he lived in New Caledonia, Tahiti, New Zealand and Chile until he took up residence in Australia. In 1989 Marc decided to stay in Australia and he became an Australian citizen. Marc lives and works in Canberra and exhibits regularly in Singapore, Hong Kong, Paris, Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia.