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Anne Marchand
Washington, DC

About the Artist

Anne Marchand was born in New Orleans. She majored in art at Auburn University, graduating with a BA, and then earned an MFA from the University of Georgia. Her early artistic focus was the figure, and she was especially drawn to the work of Francis Bacon for his expressive paintings of the human body.

Marchand’s other early influences include 20th-century modernist painters, the Abstract Expressionists, and the work of Carl Jung, with his reflections on dream imagery and psychological states. She credits her upbringing in New Orleans for her sensitivity to, “a sense of awe at the power …

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About the Artist

Anne Marchand was born in New Orleans. She majored in art at Auburn University, graduating with a BA, and then earned an MFA from the University of Georgia. Her early artistic focus was the figure, and she was especially drawn to the work of Francis Bacon for his expressive paintings of the human body.

Marchand’s other early influences include 20th-century modernist painters, the Abstract Expressionists, and the work of Carl Jung, with his reflections on dream imagery and psychological states. She credits her upbringing in New Orleans for her sensitivity to, “a sense of awe at the power and majesty of nature.” The art of other cultures has been an important inspiration, particularly the petroglyphs and the sacred practices of the Native Americans of the Southwest, which informed three series of works and related exhibitions in the 1980s.
In 2001, she won a commission for a public art project in Washington, DC, a large-scale mural based on her Cityscape paintings, and other public projects would follow.

In 2005 Marchand’s Ellipsis paintings, with their arcing lines and vivid color, expressed her desire to create “cosmoscapes”, inspired by deep space. Mystical themes came to the fore in the paintings, stimulated by readings by Garcia Lorca, Kandinsky, and Rumi. Travel to India brought a range of new color palettes and fabrics that she incorporated into her work.

Beginning in 2010, Marchand began experimenting in paintings with acrylic mediums and interference and pearlescent pigments. With these materials, qualities of radiance and light became active metaphors reflecting an inner state of being. Images of planets from the Hubble telescope inspired the painter to introduce circular imagery into her work. The nebulas and galaxies suggested biological structures, and Marchand realized the connection between space and the body as manifestations of the same universal energy.

Marchand has exhibited her work extensively in solo exhibitions at Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC; Montgomery College, Silver Spring, MD; Green Chalk Contemporary, Monterey, CA; Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA; Macon Museum of Arts & Sciences, Macon, GA; Hardin Arts Center, Gadsden, AL; Brick City Gallery, Sprinfield, MO; and in group exhibitions at Porter Contemporary, New York; American University Museum, Washington, DC, Blackrock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD; Longview Gallery, Washington, DC and McLean Project for the Arts, McLean VA.

Marchand’s work is published in 100 Artists of the Mid Atlantic, Art Voices Magazine, Artists Homes and Studios, Studio Visit Magazine, and Object Lessons, Beauty and Meaning in Art. She is recipient of an Artist Fellowship 2020 from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Artist’s Work

Movement and Color
Triangulum
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Triangulum

By Anne Marchand

Chords
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Chords

By Anne Marchand

Elemental 5
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Elemental

By Anne Marchand

Andromeda
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Andromeda

By Anne Marchand

Persephone 2
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Persephone

By Anne Marchand

Color and Music
Spinning night
Anne marchand

Spinning Night

By Anne Marchand

Selected Exhibitions

Press and Accolades

  • ArtDaily, Review
    January 26, 2019
  • Home & Design Magazine, Reproductions
    July/August 2019
  • Art in America Guide, Reproduction
    March 2021
  • Art Forum Guide, Reproduction
    March 2021
  • Capitol File Magazine, Review
    December 2018.
  • Hyperallergic, cover reproduction
    November 16, 2017
  • Dart International Magazine, Group Exhibition review
    March 14, 2021
  • Art & Object Online, Exhibition showcase
    September 29, 2020
  • Washington Post, Reviews
    December 2018 and December 2017

Education

  • University of Georgia, Master ofFine Arts
    Athens, GA,1975 
  • Auburn University, Bachelor of Fine Arts
    Auburn, AL,1971