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 something of the anxieties of the human condition. Lately, the prominent thematic threads in my work have included crowds, battles, global conflicts, and protests in imagined landscapes.


I want to make paintings that surprise me, with a balance achieved between my technique and the resulting statement, and that 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.


Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculture
Skowhegan, ME


University of Southern Maine
Portland, ME

Whitelands College
Roehampton Institute
London, England

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