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Artist Statement

My earliest enthusiasms in painting reflect an abstract expressionist aesthetic. The painterly gesture, balance of composition, and unity of form are all possibilities inherent in the medium, and together with the element of surprise, are all important factors and influences.


My current practice is focused on exploring modern and contemporary abstract tendencies without surrendering the imperative initial figurative impulse. My work has a strong foundation in drawing, allowing me to improvise compositions that suggest natural forms. Through the exploratory nature of this process, I aim to extend my versatility and expressive range to convey the vulnerability and fragility of the human condition. Lately, the prominent thematic threads in my work have included crowds, battles, global conflicts, and protests as well as imagined urban and fantastic landscapes.


I want to make paintings that surprise me, that balance technique and the overall composition and retain a record of the painting's creation in the final image.


Marc Pelletier was born in Lewiston, Maine in 1957. He received his BFA from the University of Southern Maine in 1981 and earned a Master of Fine Arts from Syracuse University in 1983. In 1979 he studied at Whitelands College in London. In 1980 he spent a formative summer at the Skowhegan School of Art in his home state after being awarded the Marguerite Zorach Scholarship in Painting. Pelletier began making collages after he moved to Manhattan in 1983, and since then has participated in solo and group shows in NYC and Cherry Valley, NY.


Exhibition Catalog Essay

Cherry Branch Gallery, 2014



MFA, Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculture
Skowhegan, ME

BFA, University of Southern Maine
Portland, ME

Whitelands College, Roehampton Institute
London, England



2019                  SAGA 85th Members Print Exhibition, Newark Public Library, Newark NJ.

2019                  Blue, group exhibition, ArtGarage, Cooperstown, NY.

2018                  Black and White, Cherry Branch Gallery, Cherry Valley, NY.

2017                   Anima Animus, group exhibition, ArtGarage, Cooperstown, NY.

2017                   Migration – Immigration, Cherry Branch Gallery, Cherry Valley, NY.

2014                  Recent work, solo exhibition at Cherry Branch Gallery, Cherry Valley NY (catalog)

2000-2018     Annual Print Review, Art Students League, NYC

2013-2018       The Smithy Center for the Arts, Cooperstown, NY

2014                  Neighbors, The Annex Gallery, Pleasant Brook, NY

2012                  Meet the Artist, The American Hotel, Sharon Springs, NY

2012                  Recent Work, Cherry Branch Gallery, Cherry Valley NY. One-man show

2005-2013     Etchings  Art Students League, NYC

2005                 Urgent  Underground Gallery  East  Village NYC

2004                 Audubon Artists, Salamagundi Club, New York City

2004                 New Paintings, Metropolitan, Williamsburg, NY, One-man show.

2003                 Breakwater Gallery, Provincetown, Mass.

2002-2003    Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, Mass.

2001                  "New Work"  Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Williamsburg, NYC, One-man show.

1999-2005      "Open Your Heart" Bailey House Benefit Auction, Puck Bldg, NYC

1998                   "Seeing Money" The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1998                   "Skowhegan at Fifty, The Maine Legacy" Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine

1997                   "Recent Paintings" GalleryXVI, NYC, One-man show.

1997                   "Recent Paintings and Drawings" The Bar Gallery, NYC, One-man show.

1993                   Hobe Sound North Gallery, Portland, Maine

1993                   Wenniger Graphics Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts

1992                   "Refiguring the Form" 101 Wooster Gallery,NYC

1992                   "Body Double" La Mama Galleria, NYC

1991                    "Fracture" Marymount Manhattan Gallery, NYC

1991                    "Made in Maine" University of Southern Maine, Portland

1990                  "Figure in the Landscape" Center Gallery, Gorham, Maine, One-man show.

1986                  Group show at Virgil Gallery, NYC.

1985                  Group show at Danceteria, NYC.




1981                  Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

                         (Marguerite Zorach Memorial scholarship in Painting)

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