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.
Text by Isabelle Gauthier
With their chromatic intensity and figurative spatial organisation, François Faucher’s paintings are permeated with soaring lyricism…
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.
Text by Lisanne le Tellier
Forever seeking to excel himself as a way of life ever since his initial physical education training,…
Art in a Feminine Perspective
Her paintings are like welcome breaths of fresh air, beneficial and appeasing. She possesses the unusual experience of an immigrant who views and observes, takes root and expresses herself. She benefits from a Romanian cultural heritage as well as an important Québécois cultural baggage. Her name: Ilinca Ghibu, a lawyer at the Justice Department in Ottawa, who, since 2012, has devoted herself to the experience of art by taking up her brushes to paint on a daily basis. In the practice of art, down times can be tragic for the artist, but are easily offset by heights brought about by wonderful unexpected and inexplicable events. Welcome to the universe of someone who knows.
Text by Michel Bois
Ilinca Ghibu is represented by Galerie Québec Art, 40, rue Notre-Dame, Québec (Québec) / 418 692-8200 / www.galeriequebecart.com
Her paintings are like welcome breaths of fresh air, beneficial and appeasing…
Jean-Pierre Neveu was born in 1948 in Saint-Basile-le-Grand (Québec). He begins drawing and painting at a very early age. He is only fourteen when he sells his first paintings, which garners him some local notoriety. Having taken drawing and painting lessons taught by a variety of teachers, at 20 years old he enrolls at the Montreal School of Arts and Crafts where he attends classes in stone sculpture instructed by Ivanhoé Fortier. Thereafter, from 1973 to 1976, he successively takes courses in enamels on copper, wood sculpture, watercolours, welding on metal, etc. Until just recently, Jean-Pierre Neveu has never ceased learning the different visual and plastic arts techniques and mediums. All these years of study have made him the accomplished multidisciplinary artist he is today.
From 1971 to 2014, Jean-Pierre Neveu has himself taught painting, drawing, enamels on copper, wood and stone sculpture and watercolours in various venues across Québec. In 1985, he founded his own painting and stone sculpting school, Studio Créativ-Art , which has given birth to the Association des Sculpteurs sur Pierre de la Montérégie. Throughout his career, the artist has received a great number of prizes and distinctions, including a “new technique” award during the Salon des Artistes du Monde international exhibition in Cannes in October 2016, a major international recognition for this exceptional Canadian artist. In 2015, he was awarded a Bronze Medal by the Société nationale des Beaux-Arts de Paris (SNBA) when he exhibited his work at the Carrousel du Louvre. In June of 2016, the Commission Supérieure des Récompenses de l’Académie Arts-Sciences-Lettres de Paris awarded him a Silver Medal.
The Saint-Basile-le-Grand artist is one of few Québecers to have participated in the Québec Ministry of Culture and Communications’ Art and Architecture Integration program concerning government buildings and public places. He thus created three major murals for the Montreal Jacques Viger hospital in 1991, and in 2005, he created a model for the Saint-Basile-le-Grand École de la Mosaïque. Jean-Pierre Neveu’s works are displayed in a number of museums (Musée Marc-Aurèle-Fortin, Musée Marius-Barbeau, etc.) and he regularly exhibits his work in Canada since 1969, in France since 1987, in the United States since 1989 and in Belgium since 2016.
Text by HeleneCaroline Fournier
Jean-Pierre Neveu was born in 1948 in Saint-Basile-le-Grand (Québec). He begins drawing and painting at a very early age…
Delight in Discovery
Horses have inspired painters since the dawn of time. Their beauty, their grace, this indefinable quality that unites force and fragility, femininity and masculinity. Artist Johanne Doucet is particularly sensitive to the mythical aura these noble animals exude, and for good cause: they saved her life.
Born in Montréal in 1951, to a family of four children, Johanne Doucet has always been surrounded with animals. Although living in a city, she starts practicing horseback riding at an early age. There are artists and creators in her family who motivate her to pursue her interest in drawing. Her father, a skilled draughtsman, will turn to wood sculpture near the end of his life. Her uncle is a singer, her aunt a renowned watercolorist, and in 1920, her grandfather had built his own airplane. The whole household loves westerns and, from a very early age, Johanne dreams of owning a horse. Like her father, she exclusively draws animal subjects.
Upon entering the workforce, she leads training sessions for adults in the real estate sector. In 1998, the passing of her father engenders a period of reflection. Since he never had the opportunity to do the type of work he really would have loved, she suddenly feels a sense of urgency to align her life with her true aspirations. She leaves everything behind to start her own business and to return to the arts. Ignoring conventions, and inspired by the principles in Betty Edwards’ book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, she creates her own teaching workshop, “L’atelier Mine de rien”, where she initiates adults to the art of drawing.
Text by Isabelle Gauthier
Horses have inspired painters since the dawn of time…
Forms, Volume and Space
The text you are about to read may be short but it took some time to write. Why? Because the man I met wished to ascertain it left a pleasant impression, much as a plant would want to be photographed during its flowering period. He is the first interviewee to ever ask if he could read what I’ve written. Hence, shall I weigh every phrase, every word even! Like him, I want to make sure that this article does justice to his immense talent. I want this written page to be magical so that going through it, as through Alice’s mirror, means discovering a fabulous world on the other side.
Michel Lajeunesse‘s spiritual nourishment is provided by nature, the animals, and the forest. His father, also an artist, initiated him at a young age to drawing rather than to hockey, thus predestining him for the arts. Talent is clearly hereditary, although the son later attended the School of Fine Arts.
In his adult life, our man first engages in commercial endeavours, doing lettering, calligraphy, graphic design and illustration work to be able to feed his family. He introduces wood signs with gold leaf embellishments in Québec. A discipline for which he wins international awards, adorns magazine covers, receives media coverage including being featured on television shows. Around that time, he learns how to use gouges, studies the proprieties of wood fiber as well as a thousand and one sculpting techniques that will prove essentially relevant in future. “One cannot improvise himself as an artist. An artistic career must be forged.”
His greatest influences come from Alfons Mucha’s era, when ruled the aesthetics of lines and the elegance of rhythms and colours. It was the Art Nouveau era (1890-1914). Among his contemporaries, Lajeunesse admires Hubbell, the multidisciplinary artist who builds organic structures somewhat resembling Gaudi’s creations.
Text by Robert Lafontaine
The text you are about to read may be short but it took some time to write…
The place is located on the charming and historic Avenue Royale in Château-Richer, on the mythical Côte-de-Beaupré. The bicentennial stone building is more than welcoming. Galerie St-Aubin-Marion occupies the summer kitchen area, and the painters’ workshop overlooking the space is accessible via a millers’ staircase; all to the greatest enjoyment of visitors such as myself. I am thrilled!
This is what two artists at the peak of their artistry are proposing to the public at large, visual art aficionados and collectors. Yvon St-Aubin and Louise Marion greatly enjoy meeting people who are interested in their work. Together, these artists have been travelling across Québec, Canada and Europe. They have just settled in their new dwellings on the “Chemin du Roy”, where they opened their gallery on August 1st 2016. The realization of a dream here takes on its full dimension with respect to the creative process and with life as a whole. It’s on a piece of land, conceded to Toussaint Toupin in 1650, that artists will gather to paint from nature, while sketching and painting workshops will be held in parallel, dispensed by Yvon St-Aubin during summer and fall.
Galerie St-Aubin-Marion, 8361, Avenue Royale, Château-Richer. From 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, 7 days a week, between May 1st and October 31st of each year. For information: 514 942-2514
The place is located on the charming and historic Avenue Royale in Château-Richer, on the mythical Côte-de-Beaupré. The bicentennial stone building is more than welcoming…