Marcelle Mansour (OAM) is an Australian Palestinian Visual Artist. Fine Art Photographer, Light Artist, Painter, Intellectual, Poet, Bilingual Writer, Journalist Contributor and Ambassador For Peace. Marcelle has professionally practiced visual arts since the early 1980s. Her work spans from a representational art of portraits, murals, sceneries and various topics, through to abstract arts. As an Australian immigrant, Marcelle received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and English Literature (BA) in 1977 from Ain Shams University, Egypt. In Sydney she furthered her studies in a variety of fields, and contributed to journalism within the Australian Ethnic Media, covering newspapers, community radio, and the satellite TV network.
Having completed the Master of Studio Arts (MSA) in 2011 and the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in 2012 – 2013 at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, along with her traditional art mediums of paints, she has gained an additional focus as a contemporary light artist, where the main medium of expression is light. Marcelle’s current work of light highlights the theme of universal human experiences in a phenomenological manner, with roots embedded in Eastern and Western art, along with spiritual and philosophical traditions. She emphasizes the presence of the power of light and perception as a body lived experience.
Marcelle has had previously held numerous national acclaimed solo and group exhibitions with famous artists in prestigious venues, such as S. H. Ervin Gallery, Barry Stern Gallery, the Opera House, the Australian Museum, Artspace, The Parliament House of NSW, Bondi Pavilion, Arthaus Gallery, the Atrium Gallery ABC, Casula Powerhouse, Delmar Gallery, Art Moment Gallery, Willandra Ryde Gallery, Bankstown Arts Centre , Mary MacKillop Place Museum, Art Space on the Concourse Chatswood, and the Corner Gallery Stanmore. Marcelle has also participated internationally, in tours around Australia and the world including, Australis in 2000, New York City Gallery Space in 2014, Louvre Museum in 2015 and New York Manhattan in 2017.
Marcelle’s Solo Art Exhibition of Threshold won the competition of the USA Year In Review 2013 Competition Group Show, Inclusion at the New York City Gallery Space during Armory Week NYC 2014. Marcelle’s work also won the competition of Louvre Museum, Fifth Annual Exposure Photography Award, inclusion in the International display at the Louvre Museum in Paris in July 2015.
Threshold Solo Art Exhibition was displayed at Mary MacKillop Place Museum North Sydney from 10th December 2014 until – 30th March 2015 with a series of Artist’s Talk sessions. Acknowledged by UNESCO International Year of Light (IYL). The same exhibition with the seminar of & Art, Light & World Peace at Universal Peace Federation (UPF), as a part of the UN International Year of Light, (IYL) has earned Marcelle The Ambassador for Peace in April 2015
As a Community Artist, Marcelle has received several art project grants from the Australia Council for the Arts (CCDU) and National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA), amongst others. A key example includes Images of Wisdom 1996, in the Australian Museum, which received tremendous success through the Federal Government press release. In addition to painting murals within cultural venues and work of religious arts, Marcelle was commissioned for community art projects by government bodies such as the RTA, and Liverpool Hospital.
Marcelle is a recipient of a number of art prizes, grants, and awards and was also selected as a cultural Role Model in 1996, by Universal Woman. Marcelle is also the author of Shifting Waves book 1998.
Marcelle Mansour was awarded the Order of Australian Medal (OAM) in 2017 with the approval of Queen Elizabeth the Second, by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC Governor of New South Wales, for her service to the visual and literary arts, and to the Arabic speaking community in particular and to the Australian community in general.
As outlined in the below CV, Marcelle’s artworks, have been featured in the English and Ethnic media, including SBS TV.