Marcel Franquelin

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Marcel Franquelin

United States


Marcel Franquelin received a traditional artistic education in France, at Les Beaux-Arts

and the University of Lille, before teaching art and art history in France and later in the

United States. After producing copies of masterpieces for five years, he specialized in

traditional glazing techniques typical of the nineteenth century masters.

Coming to the United States in 1986, he immediately feel in love with the country and

rapidly acquired an audience for his realistic work. First through local galleries in New

Jersey, such as the Délann Gallery, the Garth Davidson Gallery, the Image Gallery, his

work gets collected by a growing clientele, including the famous art collector Howard

Tullman and corporation such as Whyeth Pharmaceuticals. Later on, he is displayed in

New York City at the Ambassador Gallery, the Stricoff Gallery and the Sherry French

Gallery as well. Several art publications (American Artist, International Artist, etc.) and

many art websites have made his work known internationally.

Several art competitions (Salmagundi notably) got his talent recognition and exposure as


With over 35 years of experience in Realism, Marcel Franquelin now teaches and paints

in his atelier near Princeton, New Jersey,, where he has several dedicated followers.

"Art is illusion"

I have always been fascinated by the visual impact that comes from the works of the

Masters; their paintings are magic, bringing you "elsewhere", way past the simple surface

of a canvas. I was trained very traditionally at "Les Beaux-Arts" in France, and spent my

life studying and teaching art. I understand that realism is not about the truth, but rather

the illusion of the truth: paint strokes, along with a well thought palette will bring magic

to the viewers, making them want to touch the illusion of a three dimensional object,

wonder about the life-like vision of a portrait. I believe it is the artist's mission to make

one look "again" at the marvels of our world, to make one stop and contemplate, think,

dream and imagine.

I truly believe that art is not in the content, but rather in the delivery: an idea, a vision,

just like a play for theater, can be either boring or quite entertaining, revealing or even

fascinating; it is all about how well 'directed" the representation will be.

I do not intend to shock, shake or upset anyone looking at my work, I do not seek

stardom, I just share my visual interests, my fascination for life and my passion for the


Marcel Franquelin

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