ABSTRACT OIL PAINTER AND PRINTMAKER I grew up in Seattle and moved to San Francisco over 40 years ago. I studied art at the University of Washington, and have taken numerous classes and workshops, but the greatest teacher is uncharted time working alone in the studio, analyzing what I make, reflecting, going back to work, coming up with a new vision. My work is abstract; I am fascinated by the interaction of colors and the physical feel and look of paint. Although oil painting is my main focus, I am also a monotype printmaker. This medium allows me spontaneity, constant surprises, and a focus on design elements. My “Leaf Series” is based upon my walks in Noe Valley, where I often pick up leaves to press and save them. Of course, they eventually found their way into my monotypes! I have had my studio at the Hunters Point Shipyard for the past 25 years. I am also a member of Nordic 5 Arts, an organization of professional artists of nordic heritage located in the San Francisco Bay Area. That website is www.nordic5arts.com.
Abstract oil painting, monotype printmaking, collage, drawing
University of Washington, Art Minor; University of California, Berkeley. B.A. in English 1976
SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2017 City Streets and Rural Paths, Main Street Artists Gallery, Quincy, CA, September Installation of 10 paintings and monotypes at Hanson Bridgett Law Offices, San Francisco, June - September Urban Scenes/Rural Walks, Think Round Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco, May-June 2015 Paintings and Monotypes, Indian Springs Art Gallery, Calistoga, CA, April-May Serenity: In Harmony, UCSF Women’s Health Center, 12 paintings, 5th floor, Jan-April 2014 Mementos, Hardin Studios, San Francisco, February 2013 Color in the Abstract, Main Street Artists Gallery, Quincy, CA, July 2012 Abstract Visions, UCSF Faculty Alumni House, San Francisco, CA 2009 Abstract Landscapes, Barton Gallery, Sacramento, CA Color on the Wall, Nomad Rugs, San Francisco 2008 Blue=Water, Yellow=Light, San Mateo City Hall Gallery, San Mateo, CA 2007 Recollections in Color, Minna Street Gallery, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco Sixteen Abstract Paintings, San Francisco Perinatal Clinic, San Francisco New Monotypes, The Body Gallery, San Francisco 2006 Landscape Abstractions, California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute 2004 Paintings from France, Matt’s at the Market Restaurant, Seattle, WA 2003 Abstract Anomalies, Zyt Gallery, Los Altos, CA Twenty Paintings, Mt Zion/UCSF Women’s Health Research Center 2001 Abstract Paintings, Sharon Park Gallery, Menlo Park, CA SELECTED GROUP SHOWS 2018 The Color Red - Four artworks, Jingletown Art Studios, Oakland, March Nordic Voyage: a Sense of Place, a group show of artwork by the artists of Nordic 5 Art, Harrington Gallery, Pleasanton, CA. March 2017 Runes Revealed: Contemporary Artists Respond to an Ancient Alphabet, Adobe Art Center, Castro Valley, California. December 2017 - January 13, 2018 The Depth of Perception Inaugural reception, Barba Contemporary Art, Palm Springs, CA November-December Crop Up, 3rd Street Village Gallery, San Francisco, June Marc Ellen Hamel page 2 2016 House and Garden, paintings by Marc Ellen Hamel and Kit Cameron, Gallery Sanchez, Noe Valley Ministry, San Franicsco In the Abstract, Studio Gallery, San Francisco Runes Revealed, Contemporary Artists Respond to an Ancient Alphabet, Scandinavian Cultural Center, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma WA SELECTED GROUP SHOWS (continued) 2015 Presenting Marc Ellen Hamel and Norma Lewis, two-woman show at Main Street Artists Gallery, Quincy, CA, September Runes Revealed, A Mixed-Media Exhibition by Nordic 5 Arts, San Pablo Art Gallery, June-July. 2014 Runes Revealed, A Mixed-Media Exhibition by Nordic 5 Arts, The Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA, July-August 2014 Architecture of the Soul, The Barber Lounge, 854 Folsom St, San Francisco, March-April 2012 All-Member Exhibit, Main Street Artists Gallery, Quincy, CA, September and December Sin and Redemption, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco 2011 Retrospective 4, Inclusions Gallery, San Francisco, December-January Three Monotype Printmakers, Pierson 20th Century Design, San Mateo, CA Voyages of Discovery: Contemporary Work by Nordic 5 Arts, Scandinavian Cultural Center, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA, April – November One Off, Monotype Prints by 4 Bay Area Artists, ARC Gallery, San Francisco, July 2010 Voyages of Discovery; Artwork by Nordic 5 Arts, Inclusions Gallery, San Francisco Bay Area Women Artists, juried by Donna Seager, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA, THREE: 9 Painters, 3 Paintings Each, Gallery 94124, San Francisco, CA Angular and Architectural, 901 Market Street Atrium Gallery, San Francisco 2009 Working Artist, Artist Working, Video Installation and Exhibit (an SFAC Commission “Art in Storefronts” Project), located 4114 3rd Street, San Francisco Crossroads, A Group Exhibit of Hunters Point Shipyard Artists, Gallery 94124, San Francisco 2007 Summer Fling, Mad River Post, 451 Jackson Street, San Francisco The Subject is Color The Art Foundry, Sacramento, CA Eight Paintings, Mad River Post, 451 Jackson Street, San Francisco 2006 The Steel Event at Fort Mason, Conference Center, Fort Mason, San Francisco Is Dada Dead? The O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA Paint Tube Collages, Forbeadin’ Gallery, San Francisco Primavera, Steel Gallery, San Francisco 2005 Define: Book, Art Books Press, Seattle, WA 2004 Rouge, Steel Gallery, San Francisco 2002 Berkeley Art Center 19th Annual National Juried Competition, Berkeley, CA 2003 The Holiday Show, Steel Gallery Inaugural Group Show, Steel Gallery, San Francisco AWARD 1999 Best of Show Award, Gallery Route One Annual Competition, Pt Reyes, CA; Juror: Philip Linhares of the Oakland Art Museum) Marc Ellen Hamel Page 3 RESIDENCY 2006 Ballard Art Works, Seattle, WA; one-week monotype residency MEMBERSHIPS 2012-present Member and Publicist, Main Street Artists Gallery, Quincy, CA, www.mainstreetartists.net 2008-present Member and Co-Coordinator, Nordic 5 Arts, www.Nordic5arts.com 2008-2012 Board Member, Shipyard Trust for the Arts (STAR) nonprofit organization 2009-2012 President of the Board, STAR as above (www.shipyardtrust.org) 2008-2011 Founding Member, Art 94124, a grassroots organization promoting arts in the Bayview District of San Francisco TEACHING & VOLUNTEER WORK 2010-2012 Teaching Artist, Malcolm X Academy Afterschool Program 2008 Summer Teaching Artist, Think Round Inc Family Art Program, Bayview Opera House, San Francisco 2007-2009 Teacher, ArtSeed, An Arts Program for Youth, After School Program at Leola Havard Child Development Center, San Francisco 2000 Volunteer Teacher, Children’s Summer Art Program, SF Museum of Modern Art 1996-2000 Art Group Facilitator, DrawBridge, An Arts Program for Homeless Children, San Francisco 1999 Teaching Artist, Children’s Mural Project, Bayview/Hunters Point, San Francisco COLLECTIONS My artwork is represented in private and public collections in the Bay Area, nationally, and in France, Germany, and Sweden. Corporate Collections California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco) Kaiser Foundation (Oakland) Neiman Marcus (Walnut Creek) Women’s Health Clinical Research Center of UCSF/Mt. Zion (San Francisco)