John Marc Anderson is an American artist born March 25,
1956, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Growing up in a
military family, Marc lived all across the United States and
Europe. His parents fostered a strong creative
environment for he and his four siblings, and art,
architecture, history, and science were ever present in
the Anderson household.
Marc's family settled in the Washington, DC, area, where
he attended high school and then The University Of
Maryland, College Park, where he received a degree in
Agriculture and Animal Physiology, originally intending to
go to veterinary school.
Upon graduation from college, Marc had already
established a business and was working full time right out
of school. He attended graduate school at Howard
University and The Florida Instititute Of Technology. He
lived in Alexandria, Virginia, until 2002, and then moved
to Mandeville, Louisiana, but splits his time between New
Orleans and home.
For over 30 years, Marc has created startup companies in
almost every industry, and has bought and sold dozens of
businesses, including two large scale production florist
businesses, a sheetmetal and neon sign production
business, and was the creator and founder of Ellen's Futon
Convertibles, a Washington and Baltimore, MD chain of
retail sofabed and alternative furnishings stores which had
He also founded an e-commerce business which designs
and manufactures specialty bedding products that target
the non-toxic and chemically sensitive community, and has
a vast and thorough knowledge of bedding materials and
ingredients which cater to this market, and is a recognized
authority on non-toxic and hypo-allergenic bedding
materials used for high risk individuals.
Marc is completely self-taught as an artist, and in fact, did
not start developing his art until he was 48 years old,
although he had a familiarity with most of the media
materials he uses.
His work typically is centered around three dimensional
wall mounted sculpture, creating original pieces from
styrene foam, modeling materials, wood, plastics, and
The originals are then laser scanned and printed using
three dimensional printers to create smaller variations of
the larger piece, and Marc can also cut up and use
sections of pieces, such as those found in his New
Orleans cemetery works, to create unique montages.
Every single piece, whether original or a casting, is hand
embellished, stained, painted, and treated as a unique
piece of art by Marc himself.
Marc is certainly best known for his beloved New
Orleans Christmas Ornaments, a new style of which is
created each and every year. Marc's New Orleans
Cemetery #1 Ornament captures the iconic architectural
and reverent style of the classic New Orleans above
ground cemeteries, and is a tribute to those celebrating
the holiday season, and to those who have gone before.
Other ornaments include the St. Louis Cathedral, New
Orleans Skyline, and for 2018, the newest ornament,
currently at the tail end of production, the Roman Taffy
Cart, a New Orleans classic.
Marc's St. Louis Cathedral Pieces For New Orleans Area
Homes And Businesses Are In Such High Demand, There Is
Often A Lengthy Backlog Of Work. Larger Pieces Are
Available For Municipal And Upscale Settings. For larger
custom pieces and commercial work, contact Marc's
studio directly at 985 966 7000
This Was The Original Sculpture Of "Old Cemetery
#1" That Started The New Orleans Cemetery Series
That Has Received Worldwide Acclaim For Marc's
Work. Visitors Around The World Are Fascinated By
Our Unique Architecture And Design Elements That
Can Be Found In Any Area Graveyard.
"Charmed" was a piece Marc completed as a study of
extrapolation of scale. Working from a 12" model, Marc
designed and hand cut each piece of this astonishing replica of
the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, France, purely by sight. The actual
sculpture was 19'11" tall, and featured a ring at the top area
which represented the ring that would be used to attach a
miniature version to a charm bracelet.
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Marc in his studio in Mandeville, Louisiana.
JOHN MARC ANDERSON
MIXED MEDIA ART
St. Louis Cathedral Detail, 2013
Figurative Work 2010, created for a client after lifecasting.
These pieces can be commissioned, and prices begin at
$7500 for individual works.
Lifecasting, commission by client, closeup of hand and torso.