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Tex Lecor (1933-2017)

A Brother to All

In Memoriam

“The true artist is one who has a sense of life, who enjoys everything, who readily obeys inspiration and who loves all forms of beauty without categorizing,” – George Sand (1846)

Exceptional painter of great humanity, radio and television host, humorist and singer Tex Lecor, whose real name was Henri-Paul-Cyrille Lecorre, was born on June 10th 1933, in Saint-Michel-de-Wentworth, in Québec’s Laurentian region.

He was the eldest of a family of three children. The multitalented artist passed-away on September 9th 2017, at the age of 84. With his ‘coureur des bois’ and ‘lumberjack’ persona, he enjoyed great popularity among a very broad audience through his songs as well as his hosting a very popular TV show for many years. Tex also headlined a humoristic radio show that then revolutionized Montréal’s airwaves. But he was a painter first and foremost, who appreciated being able to live a carefree life as a visual artist thanks to the success of his parallel career in TV and radio. Where did Tex come from? The legend is that when he worked in logging camps, he wore a belt with the word Texas on it, hence the affectionate nickname appropriately dubbed by his coworkers.

Tex in his studio

Tex in his studio

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Text by Michel Bois

17 December 2017

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Debby Talbot

The Relativity of the Image

Delight in Discovery

In this era of image culture where representations of reality are constantly enhanced, what is true anymore in what we see? Debby Talbot’s reflection on the very personal relationship each of us entertains with beauty and seduction may have been influenced by her work as a graphic artist specialising in packaging.

But it may be fitting to ask ourselves whether the human being hasn’t also become a consumer product to be showcased. Photographs are everywhere, alluring and often misleading, in limitless and sprawling
lushness. Retouched, improved or modified, they show individuals that are always at their best in a faultless slideshow, as if life was pure perfection. This visual assumption is what Debby Talbot questions in her artistic approach, overlooking first impressions so the eye may go beyond what it captured at first glance. In this universe of manufactured “looks”, where many feel the need to expose themselves to prove their existence, what is left of the elusive dimension of beauty which does not fall under any predetermined social conditioning? Why should we simply yield to the dictates of modern aesthetics?

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Eliane

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Text by Lisanne le Tellier

Debby Talbot is represented by Galerie du Vieux Saint-Jean, in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

17 December 2017

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Yves Doré

Fanciful Illustration

Artist Profile

With its simple lines and vibrant colours, Yves Doré’s art charms us and makes us smile. His distinctive subjects invoke memories of simpler times and betray the artist’s sense of humour. A quick wit and fanciful disposition, an illustrative style and a graphic approach constitute his visual signature.

Born in Montréal in 1942, the artist began drawing at a very early age. “The pencil promptly became my best friend.” Beyond any intent of becoming a professional artist, he engages in his favorite pastime for pure pleasure. His father recognizes his talent and suggests he attend courses in graphic arts and industrial drawing. He enjoys working in these fields and rapidly rises up the advertising world ladder. As Artistic Manager he works with numerous important clients. In this pre-computer era, the task is laborious and workweeks are highly intense. Yves Doré then paints occasionally, when he is able to enjoy some rare free time. From inception to execution, his graphic drawing career profoundly imprints his artistic expression. Now five years retired from his business career, he has become his only client and confers mandate and objectives towards his own projects.

1408, rue St-Paul

1408, rue St-Paul

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Text by Isabelle Gauthier

Represented by Galerie Robert Senneville, Sherbrooke

17 December 2017

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Jacques Jourdain

One of the Last Romantic Painters

Painting a Country

“A work of art is a suspension of time” – Bonnard

It is highly unlikely that one could encounter such a unique creative path in our complicated era when an artist must please his mother, his father, art collectors, local reporters as well as officials from the Ministry of culture. Hence, 86 years old Jacques Jourdain may well be the last romantic artist of this time in the field of visual arts.

Born in 1931 in Three-Rivers, he graduated from the Québec School of Fine Arts in 1956. He was a favorite student of Jean Paul Lemieux who instilled in him the essence of art and imparted his expert advice. He first encouraged him to pursue his creative endeavours, then urged him to look for ways to improve his purely personal approach while cautioning him about possible pitfalls, fleeting fashions and the tortuous art market.

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Ohé ohé au sucre, 32 x 48 in

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Text by Michel Bois

Jacques Jourdain is represented by Galerie Douce Passion
42 A, rue Notre-Dame, Québec. 418-648-9292

17 December 2017

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Chantal Malek

Forging her lucky star

Great Encounter

When Chantal Malek has something in mind, nothing can stop her. Once she sets her goal, this shining comet catalyses all of her efforts towards fulfilling her dream and overcomes with aplomb any challenge hindering her path.

From a clear initial vision grounded in her instinct, all of her wishes materialize, one after another, thanks to her audacity and determination anchored to an entrepreneurial spirit. “Once I have a plan in mind, I always take long-term decisions to ensure its realization. We must believe in our capabilities and seek-out what we desire without relying on anyone’s help, seeing our ideas through to the end,” says the artist with confidence. She trusts life and is firmly convinced that everything is accessible, a principle that allows her to go forward and remain undaunted.

Abstraction 62, 48 x 24 in

Abstraction 62, 48 x 24 in

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Text by Lisanne Le Tellier

Chantal Malek’s works are found at galerie Céleste, 285, rue Principale in Saint-Sauveur, at galerie Vigneault in Repentigny and at galerie Les plumes de Beirut, in Lebanon.

17 December 2017

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Sandra Veillette

Breath of the Forest

Forms, Volume and Space

Akin to precious jewelry cases, Sandra Veillette’s delicate art preserves the ephemeral beauty of nature. Collected with emotion and delicately assembled, these unique organic works of art are mounted on magnets so they may be displayed in an original and modular fashion.

Since early childhood in Abitibi, Sandra Veillette has been acquainted with the striking immensity of nature. Nature as it is featured on postcards from Canada: its forest, its skies, its fauna. Raised by her grandparents, she accompanies her nature-loving grandfather on fishing trips and goes snowmobiling under a full moon. In silence and idleness she becomes very observant and soon starts collecting stones and dried flower buds. At eleven years of age she moves to Montréal and enters boarding school. Under the nuns’ guidance, she practices diverse forms of applied art such as pottery, enamel and charcoal. She is quite adept at drawing and briefly considers entering the field of fashion design.

Petit plaisir - Photo : Sophie Thibault

Petit plaisir – Photo : Sophie Thibault

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Text by Isabelle Gauthier

Represented by:
Galerie Québec Art (exclusive for Québec)
Balcon d’Art, Saint-Lambert
Musée Colby-Curtis, Stanstead

16 December 2017

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Galerie Le Chien d’Or

A Beautiful Story

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“The œuvre emerges in its time and of its time, but it is only once displayed in public that it becomes a timeless work of art.” – André Malraux

The renowned gallery, an integral part of Québec’s cultural heritage if ever there was one, is located on Fort Street, directly across the Château Frontenac. The Galerie Le Chien d’Or transcends the ages, its mission enhanced via the ever rising quality of artworks offered, thanks to the vigilance of the successive proprietors.

Johanne Thomassin, the present owner, purchased the gallery name from Anne Lemieux, the daughter of painter Jean Lemieux (1946-2011). Drawing on her diverse experiences within the art market, the highly talented painter artist has brilliantly taken on the challenge.

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Text by Michel Bois

Galerie Le Chien d’Or, Johanne Thomassin, artist owner – 8, rue du Fort, Québec (Qc)

www.chiendor.com

418 694-9949

16 December 2017

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Annie-Cécile Tremblay

Creation as a Way of Life

Art Craft

“Creation is an extension of the dream that resides in us.” – Marcel Schneider

This article is the first of a series dedicated to the promotion of exploding creation by dazzling fine crafts artists. For your pleasure to discover and ours to present! We welcome your help in bringing exceptional creations to our attention.

Without really understanding why, Annie-Cécile Tremblay wasn’t feeling as invested in her fashion designing career as she should have been, considering her heartfelt desire to succeed. Did it seem too superficial to her, too capitalistic, too competitive? The reason just wasn’t clear. For a while she also flirted with scenography, which neither produced satisfactory result. She never imagined, however, that she would merrily follow the unusual paths of arts and crafts. It came indeed as a surprise, a great and wonderful surprise prompted by an encounter with master potter Marcel Beaucage, who became her friend and initiated her to a creative universe that rests on a humanistic lifestyle that greatly suited her. She headlong dived into the new adventure and became a ceramicist.

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Text by Michel Bois

Annie-Cécile Tremblay is present a cross a vast network of prestigious boutiques in Québec. The artist can be contacted by phone at 514824-8863 or via email at anyce@oricon.ca

24 September 2017

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Sylvain Coulombe

Traces of life

Artist Profile

With slanted glances, Sylvain Coulombe’s figures embed their sweet presence. Their sinuously textured, colourful faces showcased  against bare backgrounds are instantly distinguishable. But are they male or female faces? Impossible to determine, other than they are human faces.

The  artist’s intent is to portray the very soul of his subject. His large format paintings on wood leave no one indifferent: giant faces, bared of artifice, invoke a narrative the observer is eager to imagine. “Texture breathes life,” according to the artist whose process is unique. Minimizing flourishes allows him to bare the human soul and ensure that his message will be received unambiguously, as a true visceral reaction.

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Text by Isabelle Gauthier

Represented by : Galerie Blanche, Thompson Landry, Galerie L’Harmattan, Galerie d’Art AlphaLas Olas Fine Arts, Galerie Château Frontenac.

24 September 2017

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Stéphane Gagnon

Absolute Talent

Painting a Country

“To all those who question you on the practice of art… tell them that it’s not only a matter of skill, that something more is needed, a certain something that cannot be taught…  finesse… charm, something that is inherent to the artist.” – Renoir

It’s been more than ten years since your Magazin’Art has mused over painter Stéphane Gagnon’s notable creation. Hence, what a pleasure it is to have another opportunity of sharing with you the full dimension of this artist’s incredible talent! Since our previous encounter years ago on Île d’Orléans, the man now facing me has greatly matured. His eye hasn’t lost any of its sparkle and acuity. Much as a great wine vintage, his art, his palette and his impressionistic vision have improved with time. Confident in his knowledge and expertise, the painter minimizes his merit and readily adopts a modest attitude during our interview. The greater the man, the greater de courtesy, says the dictum, of which Stéphane Gagnon is living proof. In the realm of visual arts, he is gifted with high sensitivity and tremendous ability. He is able to hear the roar of waterfalls, the trickling of brooks or the calls of birds, as he paints on full moon nights. This is the occupation he has chosen. He loves challenges and each painting is a battle he must fight till it reaches a happy conclusion, as a guiltless need that must be fulfilled.

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Text by Michel Bois

Stéphane Gagnon is represented by Galerie Douce Passion, 42A, rue Notre-Dame, Québec, Qc /418 648-9292 / www.galeriedoucepassion.com

24 September 2017

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Édith Liétar

A Free Spirited Artist

Delight in Discovery

Belgo Canadian artist Édith Liétar has been  living in Québec since 1966. Having graduated in facial art, colour analysis and in fashion styling and design, she has long owned a fashion boutique and worked as a style and colour consultant analyst as well as fashion stylist for various magazines.

Art has always been part of her life. From childhood, nothing hinders her creative freedom. She later creates clothing she highlights with hand painted motifs. After attending a number of development and refinement workshops, she pursues a self-taught painting career. A path that soon leads her to exhibit her work, as early as 2006, in numerous countries such as France, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Romania, Italy and the United States, etc. She is present on the international scene from the very start of her career as a professional artist. Her works are purchased by art lovers as far as in the Middle-East and are today  part of a great number of public and private collections.

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Text by HeleneCaroline Fournier

www.edithlietar.com

24 September 2017

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Galerie Gruais-Grondin

A successful year!

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Democratize, promote, be involved, innovate, bring together ; these are the leitmotifs of the mission the two owners of the Gruais-Grondin Gallery have set for themselves. The gallery is celebrating its successful first year of existence!

The two gallery owners, Viviane Gruais and Sylvie Grondin, are also professional artists. They naturally met while participating in various group exhibitions and other visual art events. Both possessed the necessary energy and ambition to contemplate becoming gallery owners. Hence, at the opportune time, they dove head  first into the adventure without ever looking back. They’ve had no regret since and are still looking forward.

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Text by Michel Bois

galeriedartgruaisgrondin@gmail.com / 418 658- 5588 / 2600, Boulevard Laurier, Place de la Cité Ville de Québec, GlV 4T3

24 September 2017

Democratize, promote, be involved, innovate, bring together ; these are the leitmotifs…