Dans un livre trouvé près du corps sans vie de Chris McCandless, l’aventurier américain qui a inspiré le récit biographique Voyage au bout de la solitude, une annotation révèle « Le bonheur n’est réel que lorsqu’il est partagé ».

  Originaire de Sherbrooke, Québec, William Marceau-Briggs complète en 2009 un Diplôme d’études collégiales en Arts Plastiques au Cégep de Sherbrooke. Ensuite, il s’installe à Tiohtià:ke/Montréal et obtient, en 2016, un baccalauréat en beaux-arts spécialisé en peinture et dessin de l’Université Concordia.

  Le travail de William se concentre sur les expériences quotidiennes qui, lorsqu’elles sont partagées avec d'autres, génèrent un sentiment d'appartenance. L’intention est de témoigner de l’importance d’un sentiment si abstrait, mais qui sème le bonheur. L’artiste manipule les souvenirs, les photos et les esquisses accumulés au fil des ans pour explorer les relations tissées entre les événements, les objets et les lieux, parfois banals, puis son entourage. Ses peintures et ses dessins expriment la nostalgie du passé à travers une gestuelle expressive, des couleurs éclatantes et une recherche continue marquée par différents médiums. Cependant, les œuvres de Marceau-Briggs dissimulent aussi l'anxiété et la peur que l’artiste ressent envers le climat sociopolitique ainsi que l’environnement mélancolique actuel. Sa démarche célèbre donc les instants de tous les jours qui nous lient les uns aux autres, malgré les tourmentes qui nous emportent collectivement.

  Son parcours artistique comporte plusieurs projets solos et collaboratifs ainsi que divers évènements, tels les festivals Mural et Under Pressure. Il expose à travers le Québec ainsi qu’en France, en Allemagne et en Nouvelle-Calédonie. Quelques-unes des sources d’inspiration de l’artiste sont Jules de Balincourt et David Hockney ainsi que Peter Doig, Janet Werner et Kim Dorland, trois peintres canadiens.

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  In a book found near the lifeless body of Chris McCandless, the adventurer who inspired the biographical novel Into the Wild, a handwritten note reads, “Happiness is only real when shared”.

  Born in Sherbrooke,Québec, William Marceau-Briggs completed a College Diploma in Fine Arts at the Cégep de Sherbrooke in 2009. After relocating to Tiohtià:ke/Montréal, he obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University in 2016 where he specialized in painting and drawing.

  William’s work focuses on everyday interactions which, when they are shared between people, generate a feeling of belonging. The intention is to communicate how important such an abstract feeling is because it has the power to spread happiness. The artist explores relationships between places, people and things through interpreting memories, photographs and sketches that he has collected over time. Marceau-Briggs’s paintings and drawings reveal nostalgia through expressive gesture, intense colour and a continuous study of media. However, they also conceal anxiety and fear about the current sociopolitical climate and melancholic environment. His work aims to celebrate the little things that surround us and link us to one another, albeit the ongoing turmoil.

  His artistic achievements include numerous projects and events, which include solo and collaborative work, such as Mural Festival and Under Pressure. He has also exhibited throughout Québec as well as in France, in Germany and in New Caledonia. The artist’s inspirations include painters such as David Hockney and Jules de Balincourt, in addition to Canadians Peter Doig, Janet Werner and Kim Dorland.

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Education

SEPTEMBER 2012 - APRIL 2016

Concordia University, Montréal - Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction Major Painting and Drawing

SEPTEMBER 2006 - MAY 2009

Cégep de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke - DEC en Arts Plastiques

Group Exhibitions

2020

SGF (Sans Galerie Fix), Québec, Canada - Artist

Hot Paper, Online Exhibition, www.gifc.art - Artist

Grand Projet Secret 3 (Canadien Bacon), Québec, Canada - Artist

Intersection 3, Centre Culturel Françoise-Dunn, Sherbrooke, Canada - Artist

2019

Bouffe ton Art, Sherbrooke, Canada - Artist

Expo au Puces, Centre Culturel Françoise-Dunn, Sherbrooke, Canada - Artist

Punchlines Exhibition, Gallery Rw21, Bayreuth, Allemagne - Artist

Punchlines Exhibition, Haras, Annecy, France - Artist

Punchlines Exhibition, Maison des Arts, Aime-La-Plagne, France - Artist

2018

Signature (Chrome Mtl), Salle de Spectacle de Lachine, Lachine, Canada - Artist

Intersection 2, Centre Culturel Françoise-Dunn, Sherbrooke, Canada - Artist

13 Moons (Qure Agency), Montréal, Canada - Artist

Punchlines, Fresh Paint Gallery Montréal, Canada - Artist

PunchLines, Centre Culturel Dumbéa, Nouméa, Nouvelle-Calédonie - Artist

2017

Intersection, Centre Culturel Françoise-Dunn, Sherbrooke, Canada - Artist

Out for Fame, Galerie Art by Friends, Annecy, France - Artist

Grand Projet Secret 2 (Canadien Bacon), Québec, Canada - Artist

Spectrum, Art Lounge, Montréal, Canada - Artist

Spraycan Art (Chrome MTL), Art Gang, Montréal, Canada - Artist

2016

Concordia Fine Art Graduate Exhibition, FOFA Gallery, Montréal, Canada - Artist

MTL375, Art Gang, Montréal, Canada - Artist

Bare Bones, The Main Gallery, Montréal, Canada - Artist

Artflip 2, Fresh Paint Gallery, Montréal, Canada - Artist

Artflip 2, Centre Culturel Françoise-Dunn, Sherbrooke, Canada - Artist

Amalgam 5, Sherbrooke, Canada - Artist

Out For Fame, Centre Culturel du Mont Dore, Nouvelle-Calédonie - Artist

Grand Projet Secret 2 (Canadien Bacon), Québec, Canada - Artist

Éponyme (Chrome MTL), Montréal, Canada - Artist

2015

Canadien Bacon MTL, Montréal, Canada - Artist

Out For Fame, Fresh Paint Gallery, Montréal - Artist

Impair 2, Centre Culturel Françoise-Dunn, Sherbrooke, Canada - Artist

Amalgam 4, Sherbrooke, Canada - Artist

Letter is the Limit (Chrome MTL), Le Sino, Montréal, Canada - Artist

2014

Art Flip, Montréal, Canada - Artist

Amalgam 3, Sherbrooke, Canada - Artist

2013

The Joy of Painting, Hinnawi Café, Montréal, Canada - Artist

Impair, Centre Culturel Françoise-Dunn, Sherbrooke, Canada - Artist

Amalgam 2, Sherbrooke, Canada - Artist

Professional Practice

Mural Festival, Montréal, Canada - Live Painting, 2020.

Under Pressure, Montréal, Canada - Mural, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016.

Canettes de Ruelles, Montréal, Canada - Mural, 2019, 2018, 2017

Sid Lee, Montreal, Canada - Live Painting, 2018

Festival de Canes , St-Hubert, Canada - Mural, 2018, 2017.

MASSIVart, Montréal, Canada - Live Painting, 2016.

Amalgam, Shebrooke, Canada - Mural, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.

Foufounes Électriques Montréal, Canada - Mural, 2015.

Beaux Dégâts, Montréal, Canada - Live Painting, 7 éditions (2014-2017).