"Through my art, I explore the world of wisdom and optimism, its beautiful creation, its portrayal, and depiction. To me, that is the role of art at this strange time, to make us think and hope, to feel and wonder, to smile with no fear, to imagine and dream, to endure and heal, to explore the invisible."
Marcelle Mansour is a Sydney-based, Australian multidisciplinary visual artist. Primarily painter, digital artist, photographer, light artist, poet, intellectual, published author, bilingual writer/journalist and Ambassador for Peace. She received two Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) and Studio Arts (MSA), from the University of Sydney, and previously a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English Literature. Mansour began drawing from early childhood and was numerously awarded top art prizes by the Department of Education. She held numerous national and international solo and group art exhibitions with acclaimed artists in prestigious venues in Sydney, New York, Paris (Louvre), Venice and London. Marcelle’s paintings of prominent Australians were published in her “Shifting Waves” book. She participated in UNESCO International Year of Light in Australia and the 21st Biennale of Sydney. In 2017. Marcelle was honored to be awarded the Order of Australian Medal (OAM) with the approval of Queen Elizabeth II and won two Honorable Mention Art Awards in 2021.
"Inspired by Greek philosophy as a vehicle for wisdom, my artwork highlights the theme of resilience based on the concept of lucid dreaming, human consciousness and optimism with a purpose to find hope in transition while facing challenges today. My figurative paintings highlight the beautiful visual qualities of the human mind, soul and form, and opens the door to perceptual communication to see the inward significance of my art. My style balances traditional insight with contemporary realistic formulation. My artistic inspiration comes from Greek philosophy, Christology, humanity, history, literature, and social issues. Inspired by the power of mind and beauty that characterizes women throughout history, my work reflects my soul and experiences as a universal woman and the connection to my roots. It is a call out to inspire distal thinking, joy, and gratitude towards advancing humanity."
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia
Master of Studio Arts (MSA) at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia
Associate Diploma of Travel & Tourism UTS University of Technology, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) English Language & English Literature, Cairo, Egypt
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