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Michele de la Menardiere
Username: mdelamen
Member Since: March 2013
Michele de la Menardiere
San Francisco, CA United States

Through iridescent color, amorphic shape, and varying texture, Michele de la Menardiere uses an abstract language to explore the rich complexity of the visceral landscape. She creates to inquire into such universal themes as: mortality; beauty; loss;... more

Tags: abstract, acrylic, mixed media, colorful, palette knife
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Gender: Female
Artist Statement: Through iridescent color, amorphic shape, and varying texture, Michele de la Menardiere uses an abstract language to explore the rich complexity of the visceral landscape. She creates to inquire into such universal themes as: mortality; beauty; loss; the spirit; conflict; harmony; loneliness; and grace. The process of painting itself is equally as important as the end result. Michele paints as a cathartic response to her constantly evolving energies and emotions. She paints to be present and to connect to something deeply essential and sublime. Through this meditative exercise, each piece becomes an authentic and passionate expression of existing in the moment.
Education: BA, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, England
Parson's School of Art and Design, Paris, France
Awards & Distinctions: 2013: Art chosen for permanent display in the Crystal City Metro, Arlington, Virginia.

2012: Art purchased by Archstone 1st and M for their permanent collection.

2010: Art purchased by Stone and Youngberg for their permanent collection.

2009-2014: Paintings selected for Emerge, a large-scale art installation at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Crystal City, VA.

2009: Paintings featured in the home section of The Washington Post.

2007-2009: Art chosen for Emerge, a large-scale public art walk installation in Washington, DC

2008: Paintings purchased for the U.S. Embassy in Burkina Faso as part of the US State Department’s Art in Embassies Program.
Exhibitions: EXHIBITIONS
A selection of past exhibitions:

PUBLIC ART
Nascent Flight, Art Walk, Washington, DC (2007-2010)
Emerge, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Crystal City, VA (2009-2014)

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Archstone 1st and M, Washington, DC
Stone and Youngberg, New York, New York
U.S. Embassy, Burkina Faso
Westin Hotel, Reston, Virginia
DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities, Washington, DC
Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies,Washington, DC

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (PAST)
National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC
US Consulate in Pristina, Kosovo
US Embassy in Algiers, Algeria
Modernism Show, Palm Spings, CA
Pierson Modern, San Mateo, CA
Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Axis Art Gallery, San Jose, CA
City Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, CA
Aspect Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Brea City Art Gallery, Brea, CA
Gallery 2611, Redwood City, CA
Secession Gallery, San Francisco, CA
East Alcove Gallery, NIH, Bethesda, MD
Strathmore Center, Washington, DC
Gallery 10, Washington, DC
Alliance Francaise, Washington, DC
Gallery West, Alexandria, VA
Arlington Arts Senter, Arlington, VA
Creative Partners Gallery, Bethesda, MD
Del Ray Artisans, Alexandria, VA
Vastu Gallery, Washington, DC
Maison 14, Washington, DC
Children’s Hospital, Washington, DC
HNTB Architecture, Washington, DC
Mary’s Center, Washington, DC
National Press Club, Washington, DC
Khoja Gallery, Arlington, VA
Greenbelt Municipal Center, Greenbelt, MD
Meridien Center, Washington, DC
Capitol HIll Art League, Washington, DC
Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC
Artistic Influences: Richard Diebenkorn
Willem de Kooning
Nicholas de Stael
Mark Rothko
Helen Frankenthaler
Artist Tags: abstract, acrylic, mixed media, colorful, palette knife



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