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Fall 2017

Do I dear eat a peach, 60 x 72, Oil on linen

OTHERNESS, by France Jodoin

at Thompson Landry Gallery

From November 9th – December 3rd, 2017, France Jodoin’s highly anticipated new series, Otherness, is arriving at the Thompson Landry Gallery. France Jodoin’s solo showing will feature the artist’s signature impressionistic work and her penchant for rendering both landscapes of the past as well as landscapes born from the stretches of the mind’s eye.

Towards the door we open into the rose garden, 36 x 36, Oil on linen

Towards the door we open into the rose garden, 36 x 36, Oil on linen

This exhibition will include 28 new oil paintings of a variety of subject matters including: seascapes, cityscapes, florals, lighthouses, studies of monkeys, as well as timeless scenes of daily life.  France Jodoin’s declared interest in the conception of Otherness, or more specifically, other places, other times, other people, even other species, all are watched over with care and intimacy in her latest works.  She achieves this timely presence of “The Other” by treating paint, a fluid medium, as the elemental force driving her narratives, in which mere depiction defers to an atmospheric quality that invites the eye to linger and into which the viewer then becomes enmeshed. Otherness is an extension of France Jodoin’s captivating body of work that transports its onlookers to their own imaginations.

I remember a slice of lemon pie and a bitten macaroon, 60 x 72, Oil on linen

I remember a slice of lemon pie and a bitten macaroon, 60 x 72, Oil on linen

Attached to this email is a press release, evite and several images showing the diversity of the Otherness series by France Jodoin.  We hope you will come take a look at these extraordinary works in person!


To view all the works available by France Jodoin, please visit our website at http://www.thompsonlandry.com/ artists/a_jodoin.html

For more information, images, or to set up an interview with the artist, please contact Joanne Thompson at 416-364-4955 or jt@thompsonlandry.com


The shadow lies like wine within a cup, 36 x 24, Oil on linen

The shadow lies like wine within a cup, 36 x 24, Oil on linen

Otherness

Artist:  France Jodoin

Exhibition Dates:  November 9th – December 3rd, 2017

Location:  Thompson Landry Gallery, Stone Distillery at 32 Distillery Lane, Toronto

Opening Reception:  November 9th, 2017 6am – 9pm

Artist will be in attendance

RSVP:  info@thompsonlandry.com

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BOSTON

If  you need another reason to visit Boston this fall aside from seafood, art may well be it. Henry James and American Painting is on at the Gardiner Museum from October 10th, 2017 to January 21st, 2018.

It is the first exhibition to examine the connections between the famous novelist’s work and painting. James believed that artists and novelists toiled in the same garden and his work has often been praised for its painterly qualities. In return painting influenced James’ work. He had important friendships with American painters John La Farge, John Singer Sargent and James McNeill Whistler.

The exhibition contains more than 50 paintings, drawings, watercolours, sculptures, photographs, manuscripts, letters and books f rom two dozen museums and private collectors.


 

It would be hard to f ind anyone who doesn’t like Japanese woodblock prints. As they say about that beer, “Those who like it, like it a lot.” If you happen to fall into that category then a trip to Boston almost becomes mandatory because the Museum of Fine Arts Boston is running Showdown! Kuniyoshi vs. Kunisada until December 10th, 2017.

The two men were the top sellers in 19th century Japan and the show consists of a hundred prints, many of which have not been seen in America before. The images on display range from tattooed warriors and supernatural monsters to realistic portraits of kabuki theatre actors, sensual images of beautiful women and luxurious settings for historical scenes.

Fall 2017

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Summer 2017

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VENICE

If you find yourself in Venice this summer you may want to drop by the Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi to take a look at Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, running until December 3rd, 2017. The exhibition operates on the conceit that the works on display were discovered in a 2000 year old wreck that Damien Hirst discovered on the floor of the Indian Ocean and raised at his own expense. According to a review published in The Guardian on April 16th, 2017 by Laura Cumming, the show is: “by turns marvellous and beautiful, prodigious, comic and monstrous.”

Hirst has filled his extravaganza with hundreds of pieces made from marble, gold, bronze, crystal, jade and malachite. Throughout the show are references to his past work and other artists work which raise questions about reality and myth and the worth of an art work.

Summer 2017

If you find yourself in Venice this summer you may want to drop by the Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi to take a look at Treasures…

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VANCOUVER

Emily Carr: Into the Forest opens on May 13th and runs until March 4th, 2018 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. As you would image the exhibition’s subject matter is the West Coast forest and Carr’s relationship with it, as shown in 45 paintings. The gallery’s Senior Curator-Historical, Ian M. Thom says that, “by confronting the forest directly, Carr celebrated the natural world through her masterful images of the coastal forest landscape. Through her unique synthesis of the spiritual and natural, Carr’s forest paintings have shaped the way British Columbians perceive their natural surroundings.”

In 1935 Carr wrote: “Sketching in the big woods is wonderful. You go, find a space wide enough to sit in and clear enough so that the undergrowth is not drowning you. Everything is green. Everything is waiting and still. Slowly things begin to move, to slip in their places. Groups and masses and lines tie themselves together. Colours you had not noticed come out timidly or boldly… Here is a picture, a complete thought and there another and there…”

Summer 2017

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Été 2017

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Colourful Vibrations

François Faucher

Great Encounters

With their chromatic intensity and figurative spatial organisation, François Faucher’s paintings are permeated with soaring lyricism. His exceptional body of work, resolutely lively, appears to be dancing to its own musical score. The artist has invented a unique technique which incorporates a vibrational effect to the painted elements that approximates musical art. The resulting overall ambience is one of movement and vibrant warmth. Behold an artist who is celebrating forty years of artistic creation.

Born in Thetford Mines, in 1959, François Faucher has always loved to draw. As a youngster he is gifted with a starter painting set which sets him on the path of creation. From the age of 16, he exhibits his works annually. But, despite his growing interest, he is not yet considering a professional artistic career. He rather chooses architecture, which he practices on the lower north-shore for six years. Then, while one day listening to Claude Dubois’ melancholic rendering of the “Blues du businessman”, he experiences a burst of passion for the arts and, at 40 years old, he quits his practice to pursue his artistic career. Never having stopped painting, François Faucher is a self-taught artist who has participated in Albert Rousseau’s famous open workshops and is inspired by Iacurto, Le Sauteur, Picasso and Van Gogh.  Abonnez-vous au contenu de notre site internet pour lire ce texte. Subscribe to our Website content to read more


Text by Isabelle Gauthier

Canadian Galleries: Symbole Art (Montréal), Jutras Art Gallery (Toronto).

With their chromatic intensity and figurative spatial organisation, François Faucher’s paintings are permeated with soaring lyricism…

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Colourful Aerobatics

Marc Samson

Artist Profile

Forever seeking to excel himself as a way of life ever since his initial physical education training, it isn’t surprising that Marc Samson approaches painting with the same commitment and determination he invested into the sports disciplines he practiced. A consummate athlete, he finds the aesthetics of visual arts equivalent to the perfection of movement he strives to achieve through his intensive workouts.

He believes satisfactory results can only be achieved if he engages all of his energy in his undertakings, passion being his driving force. Hence, he fully launches himself into pictorial art, with as much ardour as he invested into the universe of sporting competition where he was able to transcend thanks to his constant quest for excellence. He finds Picasso and Cathelin fascinating, one for his geometric interpretation of reality, the other for the richness of his textures. He is also influenced by Matisse’s modern approach, strong values and abundant motifs.

Art is today a participant to his overall health regimen, allowing this part of him that accepts no boundary to endlessly elaborate on canvas. Drawing from his memories and subconscious mind, he remains attentive to his inner feelings and lets the magic happen. Official recognition of his talent as an artist adds to his sense of achievement, confirming that he’s been able to define a unique style and secure his place in the art world. “This second career is nothing less than pure happiness!”, says the artist. Delighted to be able to finally devote all of his time to his painting, he mentions his head is full of ideas. Since there is an ever increasing demand for his work, he is confident he made the right choice in focussing all of his efforts on his art.  Abonnez-vous au contenu de notre site internet pour lire ce texte. Subscribe to our Website content to read more


Text by Lisanne le Tellier

Marc Samson’s works can be viewed on his website at www.marcsamsonartist.com/about/ or on his Facebook page.

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Spring 2017

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Marie-Claude Demers

Moment of Grace

Forms Volume and Space

« Sculpture is glowing memory. » 
— Miguel Angel Asturias

The air is crisp and invigorating. Immaculate snow covers the ground. Admiring the scenery and keeping an eye out for deer darting through the valleys, I make my way towards an artist studio set on the heights of a country road that leads to infinity. On this perfect Saturday afternoon, I am meeting with Marie-Claude Demers, the outstandingly talented and generous artist who dwells here. Her sculpture work in bronze is more than formidable, it is magical, sublime, and bearer of happiness. Detail-oriented and monumental, it is an absolute delight!

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By Michel Bois

Her artworks can be found at:
Atelier Marie-Claude Demers, 418-453-3351
Musée du bronze, 1760, ch. Dublin, Inverness, QC, 418-453-2101
Galerie Jeannine Blais, 100, rue Main, C.P. 90, North Hatley, QC, J0B 2C0, 819-842-2784
Galerie dʼart Iris, 30, Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Baie-Saint-Paul, QC, G3Z 1L9, 418-435-0224
Galerie dʼart La Marée Montante, 1317, chemin Royal, Saint-Laurent, Île d’Orléans, QC, G0A 3Z0, 418-828-1859
Galeries dʼart Beauchamp, info@galeriebeauchamp.com 1-877-694-2244

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MONTRÉAL

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Chagall Colour and Music will be running at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from January 28-June 11, 2017. Chagall is one of the most important popular modern artists and although he flirted with Cubism, Fauvism, Suprematism and Surrealism he always in the end returned to represen-tational and narrative art. As the name suggests the exhibition takes a look at how music influenced Chagall’s work. Music played an important role in Chagall’s life as an artist. He designed the sets for operas The Magic Flute and Daphnis and Chloe as well as the ballets Aleko and The Firebird. It also played a large part in his painted work. The exhibition consists of 400 works including paintings, sculptures, maquettes, gouaches, stained glass windows, photo-graphs, films, costumes and puppets. Many of these objects have not been seen by the general public.


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Chagall Colour and Music will be running at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from January 28-June 11, 2017.

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Winter 2017

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EDMONTON

The Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton is exhibiting David Altmejd: The Vessel until January 29, 2017.

Altmejd is of course the Canadian wonder kid who has taken the international art world by storm as well as representing Canada at the Venice Biennale. As far as this exhibition goes I’m afraid it is a case of be there or be square.

In 2011 Altmejd said this about The Vessel: “What inspired The Vessel was a movement. The movement of something that retracts a little, to gain energy just before throwing itself forward. Like a wave that draws back and swells with water and energy, and is about to crash, or the movement of an arm that is about to throw an object.”

The sculpture is difficult to describe. To begin with it is enclosed in a 20 foot long plexiglass box that contains among other elements hands and noses. It is animate and changes. At times the various elements combine into swans.

Shows To See Before It Is Too Late: Many of us plan to go and see a show only to realize that it has already too late. This Christmas treat yourself to the chance to see some shows which in all probability will never return.

Winter 2017

The Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton is exhibiting David Altmejd: The Vessel until January 29, 2017. Altmejd is of course the Canadian wonder kid who has taken…

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WINNIPEG

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is exhibiting The Man Who Made Time Stand Still: The photographs of Harold Edgerton, running through until April 9, 2017.

Edgerton was an engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology whose experiments with strobe lights during the 1930s morphed into the development of a new camera ash device that captured stillness in motion. Edgerton became famous for the pictures that followed, lush shots of bullets travelling through apples and pole vaulters climbing through space in individual frames.

Eventually Edgerton would turn his camera to capturing liquid droplet formation and the movements of animals and athletes, as well as some beautiful images of bullets passing through a variety of objects. This would lead to The National Geographic dubbing him “The Man Who Made Time Stand Still.”

WAG acquired 60 Edgerton prints from MIT in 2013 and this exhibition is made up of 31 of those prints.

Also on View in Winnipeg is Starting with Rodin, staged to celebrate Rodin’s 176th birthday. The exhibition is slated to run through into the Spring. The centerpiece consists of the recently donated major bronze Danaid. The exhibition is made of 30 pieces from the museum’s collection bringing together those who came before Rodin and those whom he influenced.

Winter 2017

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is exhibiting The Man Who Made Time Stand Still: The photographs of Harold Edgerton, running through until April 9, 2017…

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Fall 2016

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Claude Gauthier

Giving Free Rein to Imagination

Great Encounter

Accessing the imaginary world of Claude Gauthier means following a path filled with radiant colours and symbols. His dreamlike and whimsical works invite the viewer on an ethereal journey the sense of which only he can interpret.

The art of Claude Gauthier never goes unnoticed: bright colours, subjects depicted on abstract backgrounds, graphic textures and composition, all vigorously catch the eye. These visual design qualities are the result of a long career in graphic arts with Radio-Canada. Where art begins and illustration ends is an indeterminate point that is characteristic of his body of work. An open door to the realm of fantasy, his art emits a juvenile aura which he explains thusly: “It may seem a bit childish, but that’s normal for I’m still a child!” His fantasy landscapes are filled with varied objects that are repeatedly featured in his paintings: houses, vases, horses. Without any precise narrative, his unbridled creations leave room to the imagination and free interpretation. Abonnez-vous au contenu de notre site internet pour lire ce texte. Subscribe to our Website content to read more


Text by Isabelle Gauthier

Represented by: Galerie Lydia Monaro, Vieux-Montréal Galerie Michel Bigué, Saint-Sauveur

 

Accessing the imaginary world of Claude Gauthier means following a path filled with radiant colours and symbols. His dreamlike and whimsical works invite…

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Carole Doucet

When words take shape

Delight in Discovery

Powerful and technically polished, Carole Doucet’s artworks are above all spiritual messengers on a humanitarian mission that far outreaches the art world from which they emerge.

Based on words of holistic wisdom, her works are constructed around a warm and mineral palette expressing the glowing spirit of the Psalms of David, the Song of Solomon, or the wise proverbs and quotes from which they emanate. ” The goal is to connect the emotion with the idea, freely, without worry about performance. is action will be extended through the spectator’s own perception, corresponding to his particular reality,” says the artist. Abonnez-vous au contenu de notre site internet pour lire ce texte. Subscribe to our Website content to read more


Text by Lisanne LeTellier

Powerful and technically polished, Carole Doucet’s artworks are above all spiritual messengers on a humanitarian mission that far outreaches the art world from which…

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Summer 2016

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MONTREAL

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has mounted one of those shows that can probably best be described as once in a lifetime. Running from February 6 September 5, 2016 Pompeii, is a magnificent exhibition on the city that was laid to rest by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

The show consists of more than 220 of the best preserved works from the National Archeological Museum in Naples. The show is designed to provide a look at the public, private and intimate realms of Roman citizens when Vesuvius preserved the city and those citizens who remained under a blanket of ash. It is a portrait of ancient life frozen in time.

The show features frescoes, mosaics and statues in bronze, terra cotta and marble, luxurious accessories, silverware, everyday utensils, religious paraphernalia and an exquisite selection of erotica from the Secret Cabinet of the National Archeological Museum in Naples. The exhibition is accompanied by historically accurate music.

Summer 2016

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WINNIPEG

Karel Funk, from June 11 through to October 2, 2016 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

The gallery is presenting the work of hometown artist Karel Funk, a Canadian artist who stands poised to breakout into international art scene stardom. Although some aspects of his work appear to carry forward Alex Colville’s mantel Funk is a hyperrealist mining a very Canadian vein.

Funk’s recent work focuses on single isolated figures wearing high performance outerwear against a white backdrop. Over the years the figures themselves have slowly disappeared. Funk’s work is held in major institutions including the National Gallery of CanadaWhitney Museum of American Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, Solomon R. Guggenheim and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Summer 2016

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Été 2016

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Joseph-Richard Veilleux RCA

Visionary Art Imprinting on Reality

Great Encounter

“The nomad, like the artist, will not on his journey unless he can envision a Promised Land.” – Jacques Attali

Dictionaries define the word voyage as a way or course taken, an attempt or undertaking, an enterprise, an expedition. Symbolically, a voyage illustrates the path one must follow to acquire knowledge or reach a higher spiritual dimension. The pilgrim’s voyage always brings him back to his point of departure. The soul’s voyage expresses a search for happiness, truth and immortality. Physical movement infers the conquest of new territory. A voyage is a long journey of exploration and discovery.

All definitions befitting in fact the timeless works of painter Joseph-Richard Veilleux as intermediaries between the world of the spirit and the wold of the living. Observe the precarious boats swaying through the tides, winds and waves! Watch the blue of the sea coalesce with the blue of the sky! See the passengers’ worried faces as they try to protect themselves with fragile umbrellas against the soaring elements splitting the atmosphere!  Abonnez-vous au contenu de notre site internet pour lire ce texte. Subscribe to our Website content to read more


Text by Michel Bois

Joseph-Richard Veilleux r.c.a. will be showing his works at Galerie Bernard in Montréal from August 18 to September 17, 2016. Opening August 17, in presence of the artist.

Joseph-Richard Veilleux is also represented by Galerie Linda Verge in Québec City and by Galerie Yvon Desgagnés in Baie-Saint-Paul.

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Michel Blouin

Being True to Oneself – In Praise of Artistic Creation

Contemporary realism

“Art never comes to rest in the beds we’ve made-up for it.” – Jean Dubuffet

Those are the words by which Michel Blouin welcomed me to his Île d’Orléans home. Some sort of warning, I guess, but I was pleased to hear it. For the artist never dwells in the conformity of déjà-vu. To be able to take this stand, he has read all he could about art, and has visited a great number of exhibitions, locally and abroad. He was able to form a clear idea about the authenticity of self-expression in the visual arts.

A self-taught painter of undeniably unique talent, poet and musician, it’s refreshing to hear the artist speak of spontaneous art, without any form of academic pretention and conforming to no established aesthetic standards. Dubuffet would be speaking of “raw art” or “mediumistic painting”. As if a diamond in the rough was present in each of us, the facets of which we would need to polish to achieve the greatest possible luminescence.  Abonnez-vous au contenu de notre site internet pour lire ce texte. Subscribe to our Website content to read more


Text by Michel Bois

Michel Blouin is represented by: Galerie Québec Art, 40, rue notre-Dame, à Québec. Tel. : 418 692-8200

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Spring 2016

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BOSTON

If you happen to find yourself in Beantown in the near future I would heartily recommend dropping by the Museum of Fine Arts where from February 13 – June 26, 2016  they will be showing Visiting Masterpieces: Pairing Picasso . The show consists of 11 Picassos hung side by side for the sake of comparison. You could also take in The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris , which runs from March 12 – June 12, 2016 . Before it moves on later in the year to the AGO in Toronto.

Spring 2016

If you happen to find yourself in Beantown in the near future I would heartily recommend dropping by the Museum of Fine Arts where from February 13 – June 26, 2016 they will be showing…

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Winter 2016

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Artist’s Guide Online

Reserve your place now for the launching*

The bilingual online GUIDE is national in scope, featuring artists from every corner of the country, from Newfoundland to British Columbia. Since 1996, its reputation extends across the continent, being distributed in selected U.S. markets – it is even present in the Library of Congress in Washington.

The cost of inscription is $250. For artists listed in the last issue of the Guide, the cost is $150. Your name, a faithful reproduction of one of your artworks, your artist’s rating in gallery as well as all information pertaining to your career are published on one page and are being viewed by thousands of people whose main function is to buy, sell and promote works of art.

 

 

 

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As soon as the Guide will be online (around February 8th), you will receive a link to an inscription form to be filled that will create your page.*

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VANCOUVER

Something wonderful has happened at the Vancouver Art Gallery. It is the beneficiary of a trove of Northwest Coast Art donated by the estate of the late San Francisco collector George Gund III. One of the First Nations art works dates back to 700 AD. The collection is made up of 20 historical works by Haida, Heiltsuk, Inuit, Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth, Nuxalk and Tinglit artists and 17 modern pieces including two more or less recently carved totem poles, drawings by Bill Reid and 13 carved works by Robert Davidson.

When joined to the museum’s existing collection of Davidson’s work the new pieces mean that the Vancouver Art Gallery now has the most significant Davidson collection in a museum. The Gund Collection is on exhibition until January 31, 2016 .

Last but not least VAG is exhibiting what appears to be a blockbuster show on Canadian landscape painting from 1840-1940, Embracing Canada: Landscapes from Kreighoff to the Group of Seven . Once again this is a run don’t walk scenario because the exhibition which features some 130 works finishes on January 24th . All the usual suspects are present when it comes to realistic painting.

Winter 2016

Something wonderful has happened at the Vancouver Art Gallery. It is the beneficiary of a trove of Northwest Coast Art donated by the estate of the late San Francisco collector George Gund III…

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Valerie Kent

Her Art is Her Silk Road to Everywhere

Contemporary realism

“Painting is my vocation and my avocation. It is a love of my life. It has never really been work to me. It is my most sincere pleasure and challenge, a series of puzzles to solve. I believe that there are no Painting Police and I can experiment, improvise and create and, no matter the result, it is the process that really counts, so I am always and forever, very, very fine. I also believe there are no bad paintings: they are just not yet finished.” – Valerie Kent

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Cantin

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On the Web features inspiring artists who use social media and various sharing platforms for the purpose of promoting their art on the Internet.

Born in Jonquière, Québec, Patrice Cantin obtains his BA in Visual and Media Arts from Université du Québec à Montréal in 2002. As part of his studies, the artist explores an inter-disciplinary approach to painting, often integrating music and performance aspects. This academic research laid out the premises of his present corpus.

The artist’s desire to paint is initiated by the recollection of a composition and a colour. These abstractions carry a load of ideas, of concepts accumulated overtime and stored throughout the channels of his creative memory. “I don’t take notes. Shapes, atmospheres, colours, contrasts are all stacked-up in my mind.” The artist starts painting without any definite plan of execution, rather relying on instinct. The narrative materializes as he works, and, from these spontaneous movements, from these medium overlays, from this distinctive gestural technique, a ‘Cantin’ comes to life.

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Tell us about your choice of medium?

C.: I am presently working with oil and oil sticks. I rarely use any tools other than my hands and the painting knife.

How would you describe your work in a 140 characters tweet, hashtags included?

C.: #Cantin artist painter #abstract portraits, semi-figurative work featuring light and plays on shadows and spots.

How important is it for an artist to have a website and be present on social media?

C.: A presence online is today extremely important, essential even. My website is my business card! To all those people I don’t have the opportunity to meet or that do not visit my studio, a personal website is a good way to show my work. Social media allow me to share my work and promote it to those people who are outside our usual circles of friends.

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Pablo Picasso

Have you called on professional help for your website’s design and programming?

C.: I myself am webmaster and programmer. It’s what I do to make ends meet. I conceive and design my own things as I wish!

What would you recommend for artists who still do not have a website and whose budget is rather limited?

C.: A good number of platforms exist today that allow one to set-up a website without requiring any particular knowledge. However, one must put-in the time needed. Taking good photographs is essential.

At what frequency do you update your website?

C.: Every time I have a new painting, I update my website.

How much time, on a professional basis, are you investing in social media?

C.: Hum… I may appear addicted, but I spend a great deal of time in front of my monitor promoting my paintings. It’s constantly ongoing. If I added-up the moments spent in one day, I would say it totalled between 3 and 5 hours.

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What impact has social media had on your career?

C.: I sell 90% of my work on the web. 75% on Facebook. It’s a powerful platform for one who knows how to use it effectively.

If you could recommend one inspirational website to other artists, which one would it be?

C.: For inspiration, I sometimes visit Etsy.com. A good number of creators frequent the site and it’s a nice window where you can refresh the creative side of your brain whenever it fails you.

What are your forthcoming projects for the next 6 months or more? Any exhibitions, artist residency, or training sessions planned?

C.: I am presently working on large size triptychs that will be both streamlined and tumultuous. I will be exhibiting my work in Toronto in September during the Toronto Outdoor Art event. In 2016, I will be present at Galerie Carte Blanche with a solo exhibition.


 Text by Isabelle Gagné

The following links will allow you to follow Cantin on the Web and stay connected with the artist:

Official Website: galeriecantin.com

Facebook: facebook.com/galeriecantin

Twitter: twitter.com/lecantin

Instagram: instagram.com/lecantin/

YouTube: youtube.com/user/lecantin/

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Born in Jonquière, Québec, Patrice Cantin obtains his BA in Visual and Media Arts from Université du Québec à Montréal in 2002…

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Summer 2015

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Clémence DesRochers

Live Your Life, No More No Less

Great Encounter

“Art should be a part of life and life a part of art.”Marie D’Agoult, 1849.

Much tenderness, plenty of love, a great deal of generosity and truthfulness! Through humour or song, when writing or drawing, Clémence DesRochers always remains true to herself. She never engages in self-censorship of her personality and talent.

As it happens, on April 23, 2015, Madame DesRochers’ drawings entered the Museum through the front door. The artist’s lesser known works are, in fact, part of a group of objects donated to the museum by collector René Jacob, a long time friend with whom she has collaborated for quite some time, creating images to the written words of the poet, author and editor, also pharmacist. They have been entertaining this prolific friendship, in all liberty, for the past 15 years. He wrote! She drew! Based on René Jacob’s own family pictures, the collection in a way paints a portrait of Québec society during an era that has become our heritage.

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To purchase drawings, contact Louise Collette or Clémence via the website clemencedesrochers.ca. All monies from the sale of works benefit the Les Impatients non-profit organization.

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Rosa Serra

and Xavier Carbonell

Forms, Volume and Space

THUIR (Catalonia, France), Winter 2011

The tramontana, that gale force wind from the Pyrénées, is fiercely blowing on the old town. In a corner of the city square, I am waiting for my husband, somewhat protected from the wind behind a bronze sculpture that is round, warm and maternal, next to a palm tree.

A little further on this same grassed area, next to an olive tree; a second bronze sculpture faces the first, powerful and imposing, representing Saint George overcoming the Dragon. Sant Jordi, the illustrious patron saint of Catalonia from South to North. I look for a signature to no avail, finding only initials. After investigation, I finally learn the name of the creator of these two superb bronze sculptures: Rosa Serra. As days go by, the intensity of the moment I experienced between these two sculptures fades away.

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Text by Christiane Frenay

BIBLIOGRAPHY (Besides numerous articles in the press and magazines)

“Rosa Serra, Una visió monumental” (Art book, 238 pages) Author: Antoni Garrido, author, editor, art critique and founder of the “Fundació de la Premsa Comarcal de Catalunya”. Editor: Edicions el Bassegoda, Olot, 2008.

“Rosa Serra” (Art book, 238 pages) Introduction: Arcadi Calzada, editor. Texts: Josep Valls, philologist, author, art critique. Editor: Galeria d’Art Arcadi Calzada, Olot, 2008.

“Suite Olympique Rosa Serra” (Art book, 128 pages) Texts: Andreu Mercé Varela, sports journalist (Barcelona 1918-2011). Editor: Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland.

“Xavier Carbonell MANHATTAN” (Art book, 216 pages) Author: Ed McCormack, writing collaborator for Editors of Andy Warhol’s, who has written various articles on art and popular culture for Rolling Stone and The Village Voice, among others. Presently, with his wife Jeannie McCormack he publishes The New York Art Journal Gallery & Studio. Editor: Jadite Gallery, New York, 2010.

“Xavier Carbonell STILL LIFE” (Art book, 200 pages) Author: K. Mitchell Snow, author and art critique, essays and literature. Editor: Jacqueline Rothschild Fine Art, New York, 2001.

“Xavier Carbonell VIATGE I PINTURA” (Art book, 224 pages) Author: Josep Valls, author, biographer, art critique. Editor: Jadite Gallery, New York, 2014.

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René Gagnon

In Harmony with Nature

Painting a Country

“I do not know whether my paintings are Surrealist or not, but I do know that they are the most honest expression of myself.” Frida Kahlo

Facing me, the man stands straight as an oak tree. His hands are huge. His hair is shaggy, much as Albert Einstein’s. His deep intense eyes reflect the greatest joys as well as the torments of human experience. René Gagnon has been dealing with the hazards of life for all of his 86 years, including 67 years with the demons of creation.

Over the restaurant table, he is showing me the pictures that are included in his book. Here, on a fishing trip with Riopelle, Paul Rebeyrolle and Stanley Cosgrove; another, with Alfred Pellan, taken during an exhibition in Paris. Being cognizant of René Gagnon’s creation is, to me, one of life’s blessings. Could it be one of the best kept secret of Québec art history?

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Gordon Harrison

All I want to do is paint

Great Encounter

Gordon Harrison is a man of many parts, all of which have combined to make him one of the most successful Canadian landscape painters working today.

In September he won First Prize at the Rêves d’Automne 2014 painting contest in Baie Saint-Paul, in Charlevoix, Québec, where 140 prominent artists displayed 251 paintings, each bidding to capture the unofficial title of best Canadian landscape painter. He has also exhibited his work at what may be called the spiritual home of Canadian landscape painting, the McMichael Gallery in Kleinberg, just outside of Toronto, where all but one of the Group of Seven are buried.

For those who aren’t familiar with the spectacular natural beauty of the Charlevoix region, it has been captivating Quebec and Canadian landscape painters from the Group of Seven on down and Harrison has from time to time been called the eighth member of the Group of Seven.

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Gordon Harrison’s work is represented at the following venues: Galerie Perreault, 205 Saint Paul St., Québec, 418-692-4772; L’Express Gourmand, 31 Morin St., Sainte-Adèle, 450-229-1915; Les Fougères, 783 Route 105, Chelsea Qc, 819-827-8942; Gordon Harrison Canadian Landscape Gallery, 495 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, 613-746-6853; Petroff Gallery, 1016 Eglington Ave West, Toronto, 416-782-1696; In2Art Gallery, 136 Church St, Oakville, 905-582-6739; Peaks and Rafters Gallery, 162 Medora St., Port Carling, 705-765-6868; Ryan Fine Art Gallery, 3658 Muskoka, Hwy. 118 West, Port  Carling, 705-765-1500; Rouge Gallery, 245 3rd Ave., Unit 200, Saskatoon, 306-955-8882; West End Gallery, 12308 Jasper Ave., NW, Edmonton, 780-488-4892; West End Gallery, 1203 Broad St., Victoria, 250-388-0009.

 

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Winter 2015

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Claude A. Simard (1943-2014)

Achieving Timelessness

Great Encounter

“Always remember to take some time to slow down, follow your instincts and taste life to its fullest. It is the essence of truth in creation and of its extended relevance throughout generations.” – Calvin Klein

Never has the passing of a painter and university professor in graphics communication received such a vibrant tribute in the form of a letter published in a major daily newspaper. This short passage conveys its content: “We can say of him that he was colourful and that he has largely influenced our own sensibilities. This teacher was able to ingrain in us a sense of duty and a love of beauty. He made us believe in ourselves. Professor, you have loved us dearly, we know. It’s our turn to tell you how much we loved you in return. Your passion, so inspiring, will live on. It is now part of us all. And, we have long since started to in turn pass it along to others. We will never forget you, Mr. Claude A. Simard!” – Three decades of saddened students.

L'artiste en séance de signatures

L’artiste en séance de signatures

Wow! It certainly stirs at your heart! I wonder how the painter would have reacted at reading such a letter. For Claude A. Simard was a gentle man, a man who saw and appreciated the people around him, humanity in general and the act of creation in perpetual regeneration. So tender-hearted that he felt vulnerable, hence needed to hide behind some protective armour. He was never entirely convinced that his way of teaching was the right way. And, he felt the same about his artistic process, which motivated him to work on his paintings at length, until he finally felt satisfied. The painter’s wife, Huguette Moreau, is adamant: “If the studio door was closed, I was not to bother him. But, if the door was open, I knew he wished to hear me voice my opinion, although he never directly asked for it. I waited for the right moment to be able to speak objectively. He never trusted his first impression, never being entirely convinced of having fully realized his vision.”

Oliviers et tournesols, 30 x 36 po

Oliviers et tournesols, 30 x 36 po

The beginnings

Paper and pencil: that’s all it took to embark on a creative adventure! Claude A. Simard had an enterprising spirit which guided him throughout his life. He never imagined it could be any different. He bit into life fully. “He had this quality of being able to look at his work with a critical eye and foresee possible limitations in the expected result,” explains gallery owner Roch-André Perreault, who highly promoted the painter’s works here in Quebec and abroad.

Noël à la campagne, 36 x 48 po

Noël à la campagne, 36 x 48 po

“It all started when Claude A. and I met while we were both employed by Maison Simons,” relates Mr. Perreault. Claude A. Simard indeed started working in 1966 as a young graphic designer for the Quebec fashion retailer. “Logos, interior store design, advertising drawing: he’s the one who developed the company’s brand image of excellence,” says Roch-André Perreault, adding that, being himself a merchandise buyer for Simons at the time, he travelled all over the world for the retailer and his friend Claude A. never failed to ask him, upon his return, for a report on everything he had seen in Europe. “Claude A was an inspired creator and always on the look-out for the latest trends,” relates Mr. Perreault, reminiscing about his dear friend. “When I opened my own clothing store, where I offered international fashions, he’s the one I entrusted with the architectural design and signature brand. What he created was so audacious and innovative that people still remember it.”

Final approach, 30 x 36 po

Final approach, 30 x 36 po

“After the adventure with fashion designers, Claude A. was not surprised to find me working in the art world. His presence in my gallery’s pool of artists testifies to the friendship and mutual respect we shared. All my artists are important to me, but Claude A. had a way of putting himself forward, which was evident on our exhibition walls. The public’s response has always been extraordinary, and he knew it. But, he constantly sought to better himself, even though he was holding all the elements of a recipe that could be exploited indefinitely. Claude A. Simard has, in fact, never felt entirely within his comfort zone while creating. As a gallery owner, I was more than happy to represent such an artist.”

An exceptional legacy

The vivacious luminosity of nature! Happiness, joy of living and of painting with audacious colours to attract the eye and extract sentiment! Here are paintings that spread smiles on society. Smiles full of hope and joy! Facing his canvas, the painter never knew in advance what he was going to do. His compositions took form progressively as he painted, seeking unusual connections of space and volume among the various themes represented. His multiple trips abroad and the many drawings sketched under the lights that are so particular to Europe, allowed him to explore a variety of effects of balance and harmony, which, in the end, may have benefited his style, his vision even.

La fleuriste est amoureuse, 36 x 42 po

La fleuriste est amoureuse, 36 x 42 po

Claude A. Simard’s artistic path has engendered other areas of interest. Environmentally conscious, he advocated the protection of nature. He was always ready to fight for freedom of artistic expression as much as for the quality of life that will be our children’s legacy. And, via his paintings, he was able to permanently engage the public at large in his causes. Another challenge that this talented and perfectionist man has brilliantly met. Thank you for everything, Mr. Claude A. Simard!

Your Magazin’Art wishes to thank Mrs. Huguette Moreau, the painter’s widow, for her testimony, and Mr. Roch André Perreault, gallery-owner of renown and, most importantly, friend of the artist whose first creative sparks he was present to witness.

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Claude-A. Simard is represented by : Galerie Alan Klinkhoff, Montréal, Québec ; Galerie Perreault, Québec, Québec ; Galerie L’Harmattan, Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec ; Galerie Richard Hevey, Sainte-Adèle, Québec ; Galerie Roberts, Toronto, Ontario ; Galerie Masters, Calgary, Alberta ; Galerie Masters, Vancouver, C.-B. ; Galerie West End, Edmonton, Alberta ; Galerie West End, Victoria, C.-B.

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Raymond Quenneville

The Golden Hour

Painting A Country

“For the painter, the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in seeing with new eyes.”– Marcel Proust

The “Golden Hour” is known amongst professional photographers as that specific time of day that offers the best quality of lighting, that is, the first moments of light at sunrise and the last moments of light before sunset. Artist Raymond Quenneville captures in his paintings these crucial light phases when the sun nears the horizon to produce the softest contrasts and warmest glows, for our greatest enchantment.

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Texte by Michel Bois

Raymond Quenneville is represented by: Fallen Leaf Gallery, 102, Main Street, Canmore, Alberta ; Galerie d’art Céleste, 285, rue Principale, St Sauveur, Québec ; Galerie Michel-Ange, 430, rue Bonsecours, Montréal, Québec ; Galeries Beauchamp, à Québec et à Baie-St-Paul, Québec ; New Masters Gallery, Carmel, California, USA ; Oceanside Art Gallery, 172, Second West ave, Qualicum Beach, B.C.

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Autumn 2014

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The Many Faces

of Dansereau

Great Encounter

People should learn to see things for themselves and not take advice. – Renoir

Defending the creations of a painter’s unfettered imagination is a freedom some are still reluctant to embrace. Yet, the irrational osmosis between art and life, the lyrical outpourings, the intuition of mystery and the unforeseen discoveries, allow the greatest possible enrichment of the painting as a whole, thus revealing the inner core of its creator.

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Gérard Dansereau is represented by : Galerie Michel-Ange, Montreal, Galerie d’art Iris, Baie-Saint-Paul, Galerie d’art Vincent, Château-Laurier, Ottawa, Galerie Linda Verge, Quebec City, Galerie d’art La Corniche, Chicoutimi, Galerie Robert Senneville, Sherbrooke, Galerie Coup de Coeur, Saint Jean-Port-Joli, Liss Gallery, Toronto.

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Richard Bélanger

Audacious and Nonconformist

Artist Profil 

Becoming a member of the American Watercolor Society undoubtedly represents ultimate recognition for a watercolour painter. The oldest and most important artistic organization in North-America has been in existence since 1866 and counts but a few Canadians among its membership. Since April 2014, a first Quebecer was able to integrate the ranks of the prestigious watercolour society; a long desired and greatly deserved honour for artist Richard Bélanger.

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 Text by Mélissa Fauteux

Richard is represented by : Galerie West End, Westmount, Montreal, Galerie d’Art Loft, Old Montreal, Tilting at Windmills Gallery, Manchester, Vermont.

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Summer 2014

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Lise Labbé

Ode to Simplicity

Studio Visit

In a La Presse article dated April 14th 2014, Montréal Canadians General Manager, Marc Bergevin, mentions a painting he has purchased that follows him everywhere: a canvas depicting children playing hockey in a lane, painted by Lise Labbé. The artist was overtaken with emotion as she read this statement. “There is no better tonic than the acknowledgement of the public.” For this hockey enthusiast, the compliment was even more soothing.

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 Text by Isabelle Gauthier

Le Balcon d’ArtSaint-Lambert

Chase GalleryBeaconsfield

Galerie 2000Montréal

Galerie IrisBaie-St-Paul

L’Art-isteSt-Jean-sur-Richelieu

Galerie Robert SennevilleSherbrooke

Koyman GalleriesOttawa

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Ginette Laplante

Naïve Art Cast in Bronze

Form, Volume and Space

In Québec, Ginette Laplante is a renowned artist in the field of naïve painting. Her colourful and expressive universe, tinted with humour and full of lightness, has charmed an ever increasing public for more than 20 years. If the artist, native of Drummondville, has gained recognition through her oil paintings, she has lately found a new passion: bronze sculpture.

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Summer 2013

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Nathalie Frenière

Luminous Impressions

Thumbnail Sketches

“Before judging a painting, seek to understand what the artist wished to express and do not condemn him for the sacrifices he had to make to better render his thought. Ingenuity consists mainly in daring to put forth the necessary efforts, however great they may be.”– Anatole France.

After studies in graphic design, at a time when everything was done by hand, and a fifteen years career of sustained efforts that produced such prestigious logos as Adidas and SNC Lavalin, came the era of digital technology and the infamous Photoshop software which required further training in order to stay abreast of the competition.

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Nathalie Frenière is represented : Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York, USA – Westmont Gallery, Toronto, ON – Galerie d’art Vigneault, Repentigny, QC

After studies in graphic design, at a time when everything was done by hand, and a fifteen years career of sustained efforts…

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Autumn 2013

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Canes and Sticks

Antiques

Most people believe canes and sticks have but one function, that of a walking aid, but there is much more to it than that.

“In the millennial history of mankind, there isn’t an era when the stick hasn’t played a role, sometimes as a working tool, sometimes as a symbol of power or social status, sometimes as a bizarre and ingenious transformable object, more often as a walking aid.” 1

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François Faucher

When Vibrationism Meets the Freedom of Abstract Art

On Exhibit

Ensconced in his lakefront studio in the Appalachian mountains of Quebec, the region where he was born, François Faucher took advantage of the summer months to perfect his new artistic approach.

After fifteen years on a creative path that generated the vibrationist movement, its instigator unveils his most recent foray into abstraction with works that undoubtedly still bear his distinctive signature.

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Winter 2014

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Louise Calvé

When Painting is as Natural as Eating and Drinking

Great Encounter

I must confess: I fell deeply in love with the work as with the woman, the two being inherently linked. Louise Calvé has been part of Québec’s visual arts scene since the 1960s.

The distinctive artistic trajectory she has chosen warrants that we stop and take note, especially to underline the character traits of an artist that has been able to evolve rapidly between figuration and abstraction, the latter omnipresent, almost required, under the influence of the ‘Refus Global ’ movement. “Artistic expression requires total freedom, ” explains the artist. Having spent time in Paris, she unhesitatingly states that this is where a decisive turning point occurred for her.

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Claude Langevin

The Golden Era

Painting a Country

At the time, children followed in their parents’ footsteps,” reminisces Claude Langevin. Like many others, he started his professional career on this principle. Then, with audacity and perseverance, he branched off onto his own path, something few people ever did.

Son of a medical doctor and one of five siblings, Claude Langevin began studying medicine, engaged on a path set by his father and already followed by his eldest brother. “I studied medicine for a year and soon came to understand that it wasn’t a career for me. I had been painting since the age of 14, and that was what I loved doing. The news was difficult to accept for my family.” To discard such a secure career option for one that was perceived as marginal seemed like pure folly. But we were in the early 60s, when a wind of freedom and change had started to sweep Québec. Claude Langevin, then known under his real name of Paul Viens, was about to embark on this wave of artistic renewal that celebrated local talent.

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Spring 2014

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Marie Montiel

Between Modesty and Admission

Art in a Feminine Perspective 

“Painting someone’s portrait always becomes a self-portrait of the artist who lends to it the virtues he wishes to see in the mirror.”  – Patrick Deville

Softness and sensitivity, plays of light and shadows reminiscent of Renaissance masterpieces: painter Marie Montiel’s creativity is a glorious gift to us all. A body of work full of grace and poetry! A little night music for the eyes! A vision of the human experience expressed with restraint and modesty! Without sentimentality! Without artifice! Marie Montiel is one of those painters blessed with monumental culture. Here is a fresh and acute talent that de-lights us with deliciously intimate canvases that speak to the soul. To achieve this goal, Marie Montiel carefully selects her models, most often among her group of friends: actors, singers and pain- ters, like her.

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By Michel Bois

The works of Marie Montiel are available at Galerie d’art Le Vieil Art in Alma, Québec, at Galerie du Lac Brome in Knowlton, Québec, and at Galerie dʼArt Courtemanche in Magog, Québec. 

Spring 2014

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Xavier Raventos

Xavier Raventós

Form, Volume and Space 

Born in Barcelona, Xavier Raventós is Catalan, as have been many preceding ge- nerations. Xavier, ‘Javier’ in Spanish, has an Inuit sculptor’s eye who, readying himself to work on bare rock of the Great North, seeks the specific piece of stone that already embodies a bird, another ani- mal or a human form. Others, sculptors and poets, walk the beaches to pick-up whatever the sea has abandoned in the sand such as pieces of driftwood whitened by salt and polished by surf. Xavier Raventós, for his part, collects scrap metal; corroded objects that bear ingrained history which they recount to him, no lon- ger silent witnesses of an ancestral life.  Abonnez-vous au contenu de notre site internet pour lire ce texte. Subscribe to our Website content to read more


By Christiane Frenay

Meeting set-up through the intermediary of Mrs. Anny Alric, Director, organization of Exhibitions at the Médiathèque of Céret, France. 

Born in Barcelona, Xavier Raventós is Catalan, as have been many preceding ge- nerations. Xavier, ‘Javier’ in Spanish…

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