Marianne Watchel

Selected Works

Biography

Born

Saskatchewan, Canada

Education

University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013: Veils and Incidents, Scott Gallery, Edmonton AB

2012: Studio Notes, CKUA, Edmonton A

2007: Elements, Scott Gallery, Edmonton, AB

2005: Borderland, Scott Gallery, Edmonton, AB

2005: Chains, TransAlta Barns, Edmonton AB

2002: Jazz for Breakfast, Scott Gallery, Edmonton, AB

1990: Recent Work, Thomas Gallery,  Winnipeg, MB

1986: Paintings, Vinish Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

1985: Testimony, Vinish Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012: Panforte, Scott Gallery, Edmonton, AB

2011: 25th Anniversary, Scott Gallery, Edmonton AB

2010: Winter Exhibition, Scott Gallery, Edmonton AB

2009: Relationships and Investigations, Scott Gallery, Edmonton AB

2008: Real, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB

2008: U8, Sopa Fine Art, Kelowna BC

2008: Fall Confluence, Scott Gallery, Edmonton AB

2007: Celebration of Women, Scott Gallery, Edmonton AB

2006: 20th Anniversary Show, Scott Gallery, Edmonton AB

2004: 12th Annual Edmonton Contemporary Artists' Society Exhibition, Great West
          Saddlery Building, Edmonton, AB

2003: 11th Annual Edmonton Contemporary Artists' Society,
          Great West Saddlery Building, Edmonton, AB

2002: 10th Annual Edmonton Contemporary Artists' Society,
          Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB

2002: Gifts of the Land, McMullen Gallery, Edmonton, AB

2001: 9th Annual Edmonton Contemporary Artist’s Society, Edmonton, AB

2000: Christmas Treasures, Scott Gallery, Edmonton, AB

1998: The 6th Annual Edmonton Contemporary Artists’
          Society Exhibition
, Edmonton, AB

1997: Edmonton 2000 – A Revelation, Harcourt House, Edmonton, AB

1997: New for 97, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB

1997: A Studio Show, Marianne Watchel & Adrian Vinish, Edmonton, AB

1994: Canadian Women Artists, Virginia Christopher Galleries, Calgary, AB

1992: Small Works, Profiles Gallery, St. Albert, AB

1991: Group Show, Thomas Gallery, Winnipeg, MB

1990: Marianne Watchel & Aganetha Dyck – Recent Work,
          Thomas Gallery, Winnipeg, MB

1990: Recent Work, Thomas Gallery, Winnipeg, MB

1989: Selected Work, Profiles Gallery, St. Albert, AB

1988: Watchel/Richards – Recent Work, Profiles Gallery, St. Albert, AB

1987: The Motivating Factor, Profiles Gallery, St. Albert, AB

1986: Celebration of Women, Kathleen Laverty Gallery, Edmonton, AB

1986: Works on Paper, Vinish Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

1986: Group Show, Vinish Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

1985: Testimony, Vinish Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

 

Artist Statement

Marianne Watchel was born in rural Saskatchewan and studied painting at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. In the early 1980's she began painting full time. She attended the Emma Lake Artist Workshops in 1983, 1987 and 1988. Her work is in many private and corporate collections in Canada, the United States and Australia.

"Years ago, I would refer to myself as a landscape painter and my work would have easily been recognized as such.  I am still influenced by the landscape and readily use the horizon line as a starting point.  My definition of the landscape has been shaped by my time spent in the bush of northern Saskatchewan and Alberta every year and viewing the land by helicopter.  I have found that distance often determines the recognition of objects.

Often my paintings rely on “the incident.”  By this I mean when viewing the work the eye is directed through a series of stops or pauses and then drawn on as it moves within the picture.  The hope is that this can be done while still experiencing the piece as a whole. I’ve always been interested in pictorial tension and testing how far something can be pushed in a painting before it loses any sense of order.

The order I refer to is not the unfeeling placement or clever juxtaposition of elements in a painting to achieve easy resolution but instead hope the order comes through a kind of reconciliation that I have come to as I work.  Imposed solution are sacrificed to intuition forged over years of engagement and the necessity of that particular painting demanding that specific response.  I paint in the hope making something that I and others can take pleasure in looking at and responding to. " - Marianne Watchel