Rosanna Marmont currently works and resides in Tucson, Arizona. Her work is informed predominantly by Western North America. She exhibits primarily in Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Her preferred canvas of wood emphasizes the natural grain and figure through hundreds of thinly applied layers of oil pigments using a self-developed technique unique to her work.

Born in rural New Zealand, a life of continuous travel and exploration gave rise to Marmont's’ first experience of Western Canada in southern Alberta. The impact of the plains landscapes later became a central muse in her creative endeavors, resurfacing as landscape painting during her studies at Concordia University. Graduating in 2009 from Concordia University with distinction in Fine Arts, she has since embraced a life working full time as an artist. 

Marmont's work has focused primarily on a unique perspective of Western landscape and culture. Conceptually she seeks to juxtapose the romantic portrayal of Western prairie with contemporary realities. A plastic bag blows in the wind on a barbwire fence, oil pools before the silhouette of an oil jack, a herd of ear-tagged buffalo stand within the confines of a feedlot, a cowboy pushes a grocery cart down the dusty trail.  The popular image of the west, saturated with rural nostalgia, cowboy mysticism and the romanticized native ‘indian’ is subversively challenged. As an artist, Marmont acts as a visual journalist, seeking to observe and include that which most often goes edited in the construction of our visual narratives. 

Solo Exhibitions

2019  ‘Finding Tucson’, Feb 1 - March 30, Gallery 2SUN, Tucson, Arizona

2018  ‘Manifest Destiny’, March 1 - April 30, Gallery 2SUN, Tucson, Arizona

2015  ‘Working the Land’ and ‘Still Life’, June-August, Okotoks Art Gallery, Okotoks, Alberta

2015  ‘Between the Furrows’, June - September, Leighton Art Centre, Millarville, Alberta

2014  ‘Working the Land’, August - September, Pincher Creek Public Art Gallery, Lebel Mansion, Pincher Creek, Alberta

2012  ‘Land/ Landed/ Landless’, June - July, Salmon Arm Public Art Gallery, Salmon Arm, British Columbia

2011  ‘SCAPE’, July, Gallery V, Montreal, Quebec

Group Exhibitions

2019   ‘Refocus Foothills’, Okotoks Public Art Gallery, Okotoks, Alberta. Curated by Brian Rusted (Dean of Arts, Calgary University) 
           and Katherine Ylitalo (Calgary Art Critic)

2017  ‘I AM WESTERN’, Medalta Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, Alberta. Curated by Melissa E. Cole. 

2017  ‘I AM WESTERN’, CSpace, Calgary, Alberta. Curated by Melissa E. Cole. 

2017  ‘PostWest’, Billie Rae Busby and Rosanna Marmont, Lebel Mansion Gallery, Pincher Creek, Alberta 

2017  ‘Fresh Picked Southern Alberta’, Lineham House Gallery, Okotoks, Alberta

2016  Artist Studio, Calgary Stampede, Calgary, Alberta

2015  Western Showcase, Calgary Stampede, Calgary, Alberta

2014  Western Showcase, Calgary Stampede, Calgary, Alberta

2012-2014  Peter Brondz Art Gallery, Bird Creek, Alaska

2012-2013  Defining Moments, Top-26 Group Show, traveling show exhibited in all provinces and territories of Canada 

2011-2013  Group Exhibition, Odin Gallery, Silver Star Mountain, British Colombia 

2011  Feature Artist, September-December, Art First Gallery, Revelstoke, British Columbia

2011  NOAA Members Group Exhibition, Vertigo Gallery, Vernon, British Columbia

Artistic Awards

2012  First Place Winner of ‘Defining Moments’ National Art Competition, held by Taking-it-Global and sponsored by Heritage Canada

2005  Awarded the Cameron Memorial Award for Compatibility and Artistic Excellence

2005  First in Art, Grade 12, Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

Artistic Education

2009 Graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with distinction, Majoring in Painting in Drawing
2010-2011 Two month under-study with Alaskan potter Peter Brondz
2010-2011 Six month apprenticeship under Saskatchewan wood and salt firer and functional ceramicist Martin Tagseth
2009-2010 Tutorship under conceptual ceramicist Carmela Laganse
2009-2010 Tutorship under Montreal Wood Carver Bob Comeau