Marc Oullette's collection PureThroat were shown in the Pure Backspace in May 2001. These evocative and
disturbing paintings are part of Marc Ouellette’s first ventures into oil painting after painting
primarily in acrylic. Marc sees the throat as one of the more expressive features of the head and
readily admits the influence of Francis Bacon in his work.
Marc Ouellette is an emerging artist from Albuquerque, in fact, PureThroat is his second solo
show. Previously he had pursued an interest in music, but having a family
involved in the art world - his mother is painter Carol Pryharska, he was exposed to
visual art at an early age and experimented with drawing, sculpture and assemblage
before music absorbed his creative energies.
Prior to his move to Albuquerque, as lead guitarist he wrote, recorded and performed with his band throughout the Boston/New York
area. An early stint in the art department at State University of New York at New Paltz convinced
him to steer clear of an art education, but visual art was hi first and surviving interest. He drew,
painted and experimented with sculptural-assemblage throughout his youth and into his college years,
when music began to absorb most of his time and creative energies. When his band broke up in 1991
he went to Central America for six months to participate in an Interfaith Peace Walk in support of
indigenous peoples - a response to the 500 year anniversary of Columbus’ ‘discovery’ of the Americas.
When he settled in Albuquerque in 1992 his political convictions re-awakened the need to express himself through art.
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