Date and place of birth
Marc Martel was born in Lévis in 1933. He spent his childhood and adolescence in Buckingham before settling in the Quebec City area to continue his studies.
Training and career
An Arts graduate of Université Laval, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Université du Québec in Trois-Rivières, Marc Martel began sculpting in the early seventies while pursuing a teaching career. He refined his art through a number of internships in Canada, the United States and Europe and has honed his skills with concrete, bronze and ceramics. A prolific artist, Marc Martel has participated in 25 exhibitions, including 13 solo exhibitions, and was the subject of a retrospective in 2001. His sculptures are exhibited in several Canadian galleries, and his works form part of many private collections.
His work and his art
Drawer, painter, engraver and jeweller by turns, Marc Martel is a versatile artist who established his name with sculpture. His works, rich with symbolism, are fertile, original and expressive. Through his imposing sandstone and concrete murals, his terracotta busts of famous figures or his miniature bronze pieces, Marc Martel has a talent for conveying the essential. He bases his approach on a noble philosophy, a single-minded desire to make sculpture «accessible without being easy, that speaks to people, awakens their senses and carries them forward.»
In recent few years, the sculptor has turned his creative energies to a series of patinated bronze birds. Since 1993, the artist has made more than a thousand drawings in a small sketchbook, from which he developed 180 models produced in a limited run of only eight pieces. These pieces, which rarely exceed 30 centimetres, inspire joy and gaiety, while their skilful contours attest to the sculptor’s mastery of his art. The sculptures are named for descriptive characteristics, which effectively breathes life into each bird. You will enjoy getting to know méditatif, bedonnant, somnolent, jongleur and bollé; some of the expressive winged creatures, the flights of fancy that elicit a smile from all who gaze upon them.