Evolve Urban Arts Project Presents Paintings by Anne Marchand

By Editorial Team on January 28, 2013


Wings of Desire. Anne Marchand.  Photo courtesy Evolve Urban Arts.
Wings of Desire. Anne Marchand. Photo courtesy Evolve Urban Arts.


Opening Reception: Thursday, January 31 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm


Exhibition on view through March 21, 2013

About the Artist
Anne Marchand was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Growing up in a colorful environment of Spanish and French influences left a lasting impression on Anne’s color sensibility. While traveling throughout the Southern United States, Anne gained a visual vocabulary of form and color in nature. She completed a Master of Fine Arts Degree Program at the University of Georgia. She has traveled widely in Europe, Central America, India and Thailand gaining inspiration from different cultural themes.

Anne uses a palette rich with saturated colors that gives her paintings an air of excitement, depth, and mystery. She continues to build on her knowledge of color theory. Luminosity and iridescence play a role in these evocative compositions. Applied textures contrast with passages of acrylic paint to enliven the surfaces of these bold abstract canvases. Her themes are diverse. She searches landscape, cosmoscape and abstract designs in nature for structure and movement in her compositions. Alongside her abstract paintings, Anne has developed a lively dialogue with the architecture of the city in a series of brightly hued and textured cityscape paintings. Vibrant hues in her oil paintings from urban rooftops create an optical vibration in the eye of the beholder. She derives inspiration by observing architectural shapes, contrasts of color temperatures, the play of light against dark, and the endless variety of nature’s elemental forces.

Anne is recipient of an Artist Fellowship 2009 from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She was honored as Liquitex Artist of the Month in November 2004. She was awarded a CAP/MEX EX Residency Grant in 2003 from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation & the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities to teach a mural workshop in Culiacan, Mexico. In 2002, Anne was nominated for Excellence in Artistic Discipline in the distinguished DC Mayor’s Arts Awards. She designed and won mural competitions notably in 2005 and 2001 through the DC Creates Public Art Program. In 2003, Anne’s 34 ft. x 34 ft. mural at the Westminster Playground in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC was included in a Visions Award from the Committee of 100 to the Westminster Neighborhood Association.

Anne’s paintings are represented in corporate and private collections in the USA. She has exhibited extensively in the United States for the past 29 years and internationally in Mexico. Selected exhibitions include La Escuela de Arts Jose Limon in Culiacan, Mexico, Maryland Art Place, the Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran Gallery of Art, the National Building Museum, the Federal Reserve Board and the Southeast Center for Contemporary Art. Her work has been shown in galleries in New York City, Santa Fe, Sedona, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Winston-Salem, Boca Raton, and Sonoma, CA.  Marchand teaches private art classes and maintains an art studio in Washington, DC.

Soft Sounds. Anne Marchand.  Photo courtesy Evolve Urban Arts.
Soft Sounds. Anne Marchand. Photo courtesy Evolve Urban Arts.

Artist Statement
Whether it’s physical, mental or emotional, I am curious about environments around the world. Abstraction is my inquiry into the nature of life. Bridging polarities: Lightness and Density; Joy and Sorrow; Flesh and Spirit; Good and Evil, I am exploring tensions between opposites and a still point.

The influence of poetic mysticism leads me to questions about man’s place in the universe. Through a process of layering mixed media and acrylic paint, I am re-creating an abstract language of color, shape and form. Luminous color is integral to my compositions. Using land, sky or the cosmos as a point of departure, I invent forms to convey feelings of energy and movement. Pulses, sounds, rhythms, colors and energy become the themes. I continually seek new ways to convey physical & spiritual sensations in paint. The paintings are put together in a dreamlike sequence to reinforce the reality of a metaphysical world. Forces of nature and the mysterious inner lives of human beings are themes that are constant in my work.”

The exhibit runs Thursday, January 31 through March 21, 2013. The Project space is located in the Pierce School Lofts at 1375 Maryland Avenue, NE, in the H Street Arts and Entertainment District.  The artist reception is free and open to the public.

About Evolve Urban Arts
The Evolve Urban Arts Project enriches the lives of residents, neighbors in the H Street Community, and Washington DC at large by providing free exhibition space to artists based in the metropolitan area.

The Project draws inspiration from the loft conversion movement – started by artists — that transformed downtown New York City warehouses and industrial spaces into functional live/work studios. Decades later, the process of gentrification has promoted the loft lifestyle across America, but few reflect upon or celebrate the artistic roots of this movement. The Pierce School Lofts, home to Evolve Urban Arts Project, was itself an abandoned elementary school before being adaptively re-used as rental loft apartments. Evolve has chosen to honor the buildings’ history and the artistic heritage of the greater loft movement by creating the Urban Arts Project and giving artists center stage in the building’s public spaces.

The Project sponsors approximately five exhibitions a year in a variety of formats and mediums and is entirely philanthropic, taking no payment for use of the space. Artists may make their work available for purchase, or they simply may choose to share their work with the community. By acting as an incubator for artistic talent, the Project aims to make Washington, DC a more dynamic, creative and fascinating place to live.

Evolve Urban Arts Project is located in the Pierce School Lofts at 1375 Maryland, Avenue NE, in the H Street Arts and Entertainment District.

To schedule an appointment after the opening reception, contact Geoff Ault, the Project’s curator, at 202.744.6439 or by email at geoff@evolveDC.com