Deborah Simpkin King, Artistic Director & Founder
A self-taught artist, Marleen Provençal was born in Sherbrooke Qc in 1961. She currently lives and works in Québec City (Canada) where she devotes herself entirely to painting. Although her talent for the visual arts was evident at an early age, it was only at the beginning of her forties – after completing studies in the arts and cinema, and years of work in theater and contemporary dance – that she decided to become what she always dreamed of being: a painter.
The detour has left its mark: light, space and movement are characteristic elements of her work. For Provençal, who approaches each piece with no preconceived notion of the final product, painting is an arena – or a stage – on which anything can occur.
The artist has participated in a dozen solo and group shows. Her paintings are part of the Loto-Québec collection and numerous private collections in the United States and Canada, and have also been used as cover illustrations for several books published in Québec.
Her work — Paradis perdu I — will be an integral part of Ember’s promotional and concert materials for the 2018-2019 season.