Michele Théberge was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her paintings, drawings and installations both abstract and figurative exude a quiet stillness rooted in her years of meditation practice.
She was educated at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, (BFA), Tufts University (BA) before receiving a MFA from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California.
Her works have been shown in museums and galleries worldwide, including the Museum of Kyoto, Japan, Sharjah Art Museum in the United Arab Emirates, the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art, the di Rosa Collection in Napa, California, Sakai City Museum, Sakai Japan, and Montblanc Gallery in Hong Kong. She has been in residence at the the Morris Graves Foundation in Arcata, California and at the Headlands Center for the Arts as an affiliate artist.
Michele Théberge’s paintings are an invitation to still the mind and drift into peaceful inner awareness. She begins with numerous layers of paint built up to a rich, luminous glow. Colors, glazes and iridescent pigments are brushed, sanded, sprayed and rubbed into the surface. After which, Théberge pour several layers of clear acrylic and a non-toxic resin to create a glassy surface. This surface allows the subsequent brushstrokes and shapes painted to appear to float above, casting shadows on the color below. This distance creates an illusional as well as a physical depth. Her compositions are characterized by thousands of repeated marks and hushed shapes in gentle shifts of sheen from matte to gloss. Row upon row of tiny painted crescents are the artist’s meditation on the present moment offering the viewer a place of rest and respite