About Marcelle Mansour

Marcelle Mansour OAM is a Sydney-based Artist, Intellectual, Painter, Light Artist, Fine Art Photographer, Poet, Contributing Bilingual Writer and Journalist for Ethnic Media and Ambassador for Peace who has been professionally practising visual arts since the early 1980s. Her work spans from representational art of portraits, murals, sceneries and various topics, through to abstract arts and contemporary light arts.
Marcelle Mansour is an award-winning artist who has worked as a Freelance Artist, Community Artist and Light Artist. Marcelle held numerous national and international acclaimed solo and group art exhibitions with famous artists in prestigious venues in Sydney, New York and Paris. Marcelle was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2017 for her service in Visual and Literary Arts and to the Community. Marcelle's Solo Art Exhibition of Threshold won the USA Year In Review 2013 Competition Group Show’s inclusion at the New York City Gallery Space during Armory Week NYC 2014. She was awarded Ambassador of Peace by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF), for participating in United Nations International Year of Light (IYL) Australia 2015. Marcelle's work also won the competition of Louvre Museum, Fifth Annual Exposure Photography Award’s inclusion in the International display at the Louvre Museum in Paris in July 2015, and Manhattan Art Fair for Frieze Art Week, Chelsea, New York City in May 2017.
Marcelle was awarded grants from Australia Council for the Arts and National Association for the Visual Arts. She Won the Prize for Bicentenary An-Nahar Literary Newspaper Competition in 1988 and won the Prize for the International Women’s Day of a Poster Design competition and Arts exhibition on Celebrating Women’s Strength in 1993 and she was also selected the Role Model in 1996, by Universal Woman. Marcelle is also the author of Shifting Waves book 1998.
As a contemporary light artist, Marcelle’s work of light highlights the theme of universal human experiences in a phenomenological manner where she emphasises the presence of the invisible and the power of light and perception as a body lived experience, exploring light and perception as a vehicle for transformation, Super Consciousness and social change, reflecting a path to self-knowledge to inspire her viewers for advancing humanity and reshaping reality in the world.

Education

Academic Studies
2013 Arts (MFA) Master of Fine Arts , Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney,
2011 (MSA) Master of Studio Arts, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney,
1977 (B. A.) Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature, Ain Shams University, Egypt.

Exhibitions

SOLO ART EXHIBITIONS (selected)
2017 Oct Discover the Power of SuperConsiousness, The Corner Gallery Stanmore, coinciding with NSW October Mental Health 2017.
2016 Dec Treasure Forever, Portraiture Exhibition, acknowledging International Day of Tolerance, Art Space, Chatswood. Portraits of prominent people.
2016 Sep Instrument for Just Peace, Exhibition & Seminar celebrating the International Day of Peace, Parliament of New South Wales.
2015 Oct Art, Light & World Peace, Threshold, Solo Exhibition & Seminar, Parliament of NSW, UN International Year of Light (IYL).
2015 Apr Threshold Solo Exhibition & Art, Light & World Peace seminar at Universal Peace Federation (UPF), supported by (UN), (IYL)
2014 -'15 Threshold, Solo Exhibition, Mary MacKillop Museum, Nth Sydney with Artist’s Talk, acknowledged by UNESCO International Year of Light
2014 Threshold Solo Art Exhibition, Bankstown Art Centre, Studio 1.
2012 Geometric Art Exhibition, Studio 8, SCA, University of Sydney.
1998 – 2000 Shifting Waves, dual work of book launch and art exhibition, coinciding with Olympics , NSW Parliament, Arthaus Gallery, and APC Guildford
1997 Images of Wisdom, The Australian Museum, Sydney.

GROUP ART EXHIBITIONS (selected)
2017 The Manhattan Art Fair for Frieze Art Week, Chelsea, New York City, May 2017
2015 Louvre Museum, Fifth Annual Exposure Photography Award, Louvre Museum, Paris
2014 Year In Review 2013 Competition Group Show, New York City Gallery Armory Week
2013 Mixed Media, Art Moment Gallery, Bondi Beach
2011 Elemental, Light in Spiritual Monochrome, Delmar Gallery, Ashfield
2000 Australis International touring exhibition, coinciding with the Olympics Year
1998 Arabmade group exhibition, Casula Power House Australia
1998 Earth Environment, women group exhibition, Tap Gallery, Sydney
1997 International Women’s Day, promoting “Peace”, Atrium, Gallery, ABC Ultimo Centre
1996 Works on Paper, Barry Stern Gallery, Paddington,
1996 Carnivale Fringe, Multicultural Art Alliance, Leichhardt, Australia
1993 On the Other Hand, SH Irvin Gallery, The Rocks. Sothbey’s auction for disabled children
1993 International Women’s Day, Winner Art Prize. Tin Sheds Gallery, University of Sydney.
1993 The Arts of Sydney, Combined Arts Societies, Sydney Opera House, Highly Commended.

Press

Marcelle Mansour’s creative works of visual and literal arts have been featured in English and Ethnic media including books, press releases, newspapers, SBS radio and SBS TV and magazines, including ‘Australian Artist’ magazine, Arts in Action. Marcelle is the author and publisher of Shifting Waves’ book in 1998.

Influences

Marcelle is inspired by her roots of Eastern and Western art, along with spiritual and philosophical traditions. Marcelle’s artwork has the feeling of the simplicity and spirituality of Malevich’s Suprematism, and the spiritual iconoclastic works of Kandinsky’s music inspiration. she is inspired by the works of contemporary light artists Robert Irwin and James Turrell.