Words: Erin Irwin
Australian-born, Canada-based artist Marc Etherington has established an instantly recognisable style, injecting humour into imaginative and whimsical scenes. As a self-taught artist, his aesthetic approach is highly individual, injecting his personality into narratives that are often humorous and highly relatable.
With a practice that encompasses painting and sculpture, Etherington utilises bold colours and amusing details to create nostalgic and playful works, often looking to pop culture, mass production and his own experiences for inspiration.
While currently based overseas, Etherington is well integrated in the Australian art scene, having spent many years working and exhibiting across the country. He has been a finalist at the Archibald Prize every year from 2015 to 2020. He has also been a finalist in the Sir John Sulman Art Prize and the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW, the John Fries Award at UNSW Art & Design, and the Fisher’s Ghost Art Award at Campbelltown Art Centre.
His works are held in the Artbank collection, as well as several private collections in Australia, North America and Europe.
Hugo Michell Gallery states that ‘we congratulate Marc on all his achievements, and look forward to working together’.
This article was posted 2 March 2023.
Image: Portrait of Marc Etherington. Courtesy: the artist and Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide. Photography: Maria Stoljar, Talking with Painters Podcast.