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Tania Lebedeff

Emergence of Alternating Images

Great Encounter

“To see the world differently, one must start by thinking differently.” – Anton Gill

Without a doubt, Tania Lebedeff works in perfect synchronicity from both her left and right hemispheres, manifest by the evolution of her work as an overall and total macrocosm. A universe where the human silhouette mutates, is not limited to one viewing angle or one approach, where other figures tengentially stem from the depth of the canvas. A universe that goes beyond matter to better permeate the psyche.

Nuit de pleine lune, 48 x 48 in - photo © Guy l’Heureux

Nuit de pleine lune, 48 x 48 in – photo © Guy l’Heureux

Are we faced with surreal systems and doctrines? Maybe. But, it rather seems to me that the painter’s intrinsic ambition is aimed at piercing the secrets of the soul through her passion for creation. Indeed, Tania Lebedeff is able to depict poetry, movement and marvelous visual discoveries, in such a way as to nourish the spectator’s own perception. We are thus given to understand that these works of art find their meaning and specificity being imbued with dominant awareness of the relationship between content and form. The content being the most distant plane of the image that attempts to break to the surface  in  a  hesitation  waltz  that  transcends  the  form. Surreptitiously the soul becomes visible and overshadows the incarnate being.

Les errants, 36 x 48 in - photo © Guy l’Heureux

Les errants, 36 x 48 in – photo © Guy l’Heureux

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Text by Michel Bois

To reach Tania Lebedeff :

À l’atelier : 1087, Laurier Blvd, Mont-Saint-Hilaire (Québec) Canada J3G 4S6 514 834-6543

tanialebedeff.com

tanialebedeff@hotmail.com

In Montreal : Galerie Richelieu, 7903, Saint-Denis street, Montreal (Québec) Canada H2R 2G2 514-381-2247

info@galerierichelieu.com

Header image : Globe-trotters diptyque 2 fois, 48 x 36 in (detail) – photo © Guy l’Heureux
17 September 2019

Without a doubt, Tania Lebedeff works in perfect…

War and Peace

The contradictory universe of ceramist Laurent Craste

Actual Expression

Ceramist Laurent Craste’s creations plunge us into a unique antithetical universe where the glorification of beauty and the bruising of destruction are literally and figuratively confronted. Voluntarily and specifically, the artist pushes the contradiction between two proposals of opposite meanings; between two general ideas derived from reality. On one part, there is the beauty of porcelain featured at its peak decorative and flamboyant qualities with its classic references, and on the other, the reference to historical and contemporary events marked by major breakages or dramatic societal episodes.

[…] “I use historical archetypes as a material in itself, in an approach that explores the meaning of decorative collectibles.” – Laurent Craste.

Laurent Craste and his work Iconocraste - photo © Laurent Craste

Laurent Craste and his work Iconocraste – photo © Laurent Craste

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Text by Marie-France Bégis

To view Laurent Craste’s works:

– Solo exhibition at Galerie YL-S Art contemporain, Saint-Gabriel de Brandon. Vernissage: September 21, 2019.
Art Toronto contemporary art fair. Galerie 3. From October 25 to 27, 2019.
– Solo exhibition at Galerie 3, Québec. From November 22 to December 22, 2019.
– Group exhibition as part of the eXcentrer series at Galerie d’art Desjardins in Drummondville. From November 8 to December 15, 2019.

Header image : Petite immolation II, porcelain, smoking and encaustic, 15,3 x 33,2 x 20 cm, 2012 – photo © David Bishop Noriega
17 September 2019

Ceramist Laurent Craste’s creations plunge us into…

Eduard Gurevich

The Splendor of Nature

Contemporary Realism

“Art is the reflection of the human soul dazzled by the splendor of beauty.” – Victor Hugo

If many artists are particularly voluble about their work, others on the contrary remain rather uncommunicative. For his part, Eduard Gurevich is the incarnation of discretion. I am reminded of a fabulous painter, the late Jacques Hurtubise (1939-2014), one of Québec’s leading art figure, who, faced with journalists questioning him about the meaning of his flamboyant painting style, angrily answered: “I painted!”

As if the rest was not of his concern. In short, he maintained that a piece of art should be judged on its own merits, without being subject to convoluted theories and muddy discourses. The sentiment becomes crystal clear upon viewing Gurevich’s paintings. The images are strikingly communicative. There is no need for further discourse or skillful shenanigans. The spectator takes note and is instantly moved, in accordance with his personal life’s journey.

April’s Adventure, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 in

April’s Adventure, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 in

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Eduard Gurevich is represented by Galerie Québec Art, 27 and 40, Notre-Dame street, Québec, Qc, Canada – 418 692-8200

Header image : Sun’s Birth Place, acrylic on canvas, 38 x 57 in
17 September 2019

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The Temporal Dialogues of

Odette Théberge

Artist Profile

Odette Théberge’s series of works entitled Mementos, Chroniques and Résonances, les murs se racontent are simultaneously embedded with vivid creative energy and a clear willingness to highlight the passage of time. The book-sculptures that initiated the Mementos series stem from a fortuitous discovery that led the artist to reflect on the relevance of books, the material place they hold in our lives and the gradual abandon they are subjected to.

A vivid corpus, of huge significance. Inspired by an event where a group of friends were invited to throw objects or papers in a campfire, meant to signify the end of a chapter in each of their lives, Odette Théberge found the remains of books among the cinders the next morning.

burned books, acrylic, gold leaf, leather and steel (belt)

Memento 26, burned books, acrylic, gold leaf, leather and steel (belt), 17 x 17 x 20 cm

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Exposition Résonances, les murs se racontent, Odette Théberge, Centre d’art Louise-Carrier du 8 septembre au 2 octobre 2019.

Header image : Résonance 11 (détail), acrylic and collage on canvas, 100 x 100 cm, 2019
17 September 2019

Odette Théberge’s series of works entitled…

Yvan Bédard

Experiencing photography from within

Art and Photography

“Composition must be one of our constant preoccupations, but at the moment of shooting it can stem only from our intuition, for we are out to capture the fugitive moment, and all the interrelationships involved are on the move.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson.

In the era of multimedia and mass consumption of images from all sources, contemporary photography is still able to elevate the photographer’s standing by granting him a special status. He is in fact assigned a dual role since he positions himself as witness while also being an active player. Which is manifest in Yvan Bédard’s creation.

From the time of his adolescence, when he drew, painted and took pictures, this man from the world of science first and foremost remains a lover of art and nature. Emeritus professor at Laval University in Geomatics Engineering, Doctor in Civil Engineering, international lecturer and recipient of several prestigious awards for his research and his writings, he is now completely and passionately committed to landscape photography.

Un autre temps - La rencontre, 20 x 30 in

Un autre temps – La rencontre, 20 x 30 in

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Text by Michel Bois

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Galerie Québec Art40, Notre-Dame street, Québec, QC, G1K 4G1 418 692-8200

Header image : Sables éternels – Percée de soleil, 40 x 60 in
17 September 2019

In the era of multimedia and mass consumption…

Huguette Joncas

Narratives

Forms, Volume and Space

A graduate of Laval University’s Faculty of Arts in 1973, Huguette Joncas commences her artistic career painting large format canvases. During the 70s she mostly depicts human figures. She is also interested in serigraphy and soon, gambling on her entrepreneurial skills, she launches her own clothing business in Québec City.

Her signature line proposes pieces of clothing adorned with silk-screened motifs. Already then, the bird is emerging as a preferred theme which will endure and become prominent in her contemporary production. Throughout her career, Huguette Joncas will occasionally revisit textile as support for the creation of painted pieces of clothing during the course of various exhibitions.

Le retour, aluminium and bronze, 70 x 55 x 26 cm

Le retour, aluminium and bronze, 70 x 55 x 26 cm

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Text by Marie-France Bégis

To learn more about Huguette Joncas’ work, visit : www.creationsgarnojoncas.com

Header image : Le combattant, bronze and aluminium, 40 x 44 x 30 cm
17 September 2019

A graduate of Laval University’s Faculty of Arts in 1973…

Créations-sur-le-champ

The Audacity of Hope

Nature and Art

If environmental concerns today profoundly alert most of the planet, this trend was scarcely emerging not that long ago. When the city of Mont-Saint-Hilaire approached Jérémie Boudreault in 2006 asking her to submit an original proposal that would help the region distinguish itself artistically, she immediately contemplated a landmark event featuring nature, in an inspiring setting that would be accessible to all.

“For me, creating with natural elements means effecting great evocative power with very little, within ephemeral and playful works that are thought-provoking while remaining in sync with their environment.” As a youth, Jérémie Boureault entertained a rich imaginary world where she amused herself with almost nothing, and she retains a unique memory of this childlike wonder. Land art echoes this propensity for minimalist staging where the magic of the moment is able to touch and unite spectators around a single impulse. The professional path of this innovator at heart led her towards becoming an actress, an artistic director and producer of short films, even for a while, the owner of a small theatre where she organized, in all simplicity, a myriad of activities often experimental in nature.

C-Juillard, M-Bachelet - photo © Patrick Deslandes

C-Juillard, M-Bachelet – photo © Patrick Deslandes

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Text by Lisanne Le Tellier

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Header image : M-F Bourbeau – photo © Patrick Deslandes
17 September 2019

If environmental concerns today profoundly…

Christian Bergeron

Great Encounter

“Painting is writing with light, said Salva. You must first learn its alphabet, then its grammar. Only then will you be able to master style and magic.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

Despite a climactic career of fifty years, Christian Bergeron remains the best kept secret of Québec’s young history of art. This in spite of the fact that his paintings are selling like hot cakes, here and elsewhere. Indeed, prestigious galleries in the United States, in Europe and largely in Canada, are displaying his undeniable powerfully expressive and attractive works.

A reserved man, of great stature, with piercing eyes, and extremely sensitive, from the outset he states that this will be the third journalistic interview of his fifty years career. Yet the man is rather talkative and knowledgeable about art. I am rather spellbound. His comments on the topicality of art are ringing in my ears as a symphony attuned with knowledge, experience and success.

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Text by Michel Bois

Christian Bergeron is represented by :

Galerie Porte Rouge : 61, Saint Jean Baptiste Street, Baie-Saint-Paul, QC – 418 760-8830 galerieporterouge@gmail.con

Galeries Cimon : 77, Du Sault-Au-Matelot Street, Québec, QC – 418 694-7959 / 35, de Buade Street, Québec, QC – 418 694-7999 info@galeriecimon.com

421 Gallery : 560 Raymer Avenue, Kelowna, BC – 250 448-8888 info@gallery421.ca

25 June 2019

Despite a climactic career of fifty years…

Caine Harris

As Profoundly Authentic as Possible

New Figuration

“My brush-strokes start in nothing and they end in nothing, and in- between you find the image.” – Karel Appel

The works of Caine Harris displayed at Galerie Québec Art constitute an unexpected and formidable gift of creation in the city of Québec. There is absolutely no commonplace with the clichéd works over-exhibited in surrounding galleries. Whether taking into account the taste of art collectors or of passing tourists, a gallery should also dare to show unusual pieces of incomparable quality. Far from decorative or insipid eye-catching illustrations, Caine Harris’ works are extremely expressive. The proud New Brunswicker is a self-thought and brilliant artist.

21 x 17 in

21 x 17 in

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Text by Michel Bois

Caine Harris is représente by Galerie Québec Art 27 and 40, Notre-Dame Street, Québec. QC 418-692-8200 

25 June 2019

The works of Caine Harris displayed at Galerie Québec Art…

Lucie Michel

Artist Profile 

“A landscape is the backdrop to human life.” – Bernardin de Saint-Pierre

The prestigious imprint of Lucie Michel’s body of work undoubtedly resides in her landscapes. She is able to create a unique universe from skillful alchemies. Her painting straddles the random limits of matter in fusion, hence, this shimmering effect on the spectator’s retina. It also lies in this novel way of viewing nature and its landscapes, prime sources of inspiration for the artist.

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Text by Michel Bois

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25 June 2019

The prestigious imprint of Lucie Michel’s body…

Sylvia Audet

The Art of Connecting with Nature

On Exhibit

Painting for the sheer pleasure of it

Artists that can boast of having evolved by following a multifaceted pathway while remaining true to their preferred creative field, are few and far between. Having obtained her postgraduate university degree, Sylvia Audet also taught visual arts while taking part in a myriad of solo and collective art exhibitions. Well-known and recognized by her peers, this artist-painter, residing in the MRC Arthabaska region in Centre-du-Québec, is highly inspired by nature.

“I have always been influenced by the natural environment, and water, in all its forms whether fog, ice, snow or clouds, pervades my paintings. Nature at its purest readily welcomes light, details and contrasts the subtleties of which I never hesitate to explore. The seasons, Mother Nature’s whims and the changing intensities of light always surprise me,” she explains.

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Sylvia Audet’s works are on permanent exhibit at Taillon-Carpe-Diem gallery in Magog.

Her forthcoming exhibition, entitled L’eau, une mine d’art, will be held in the exhibition area of the Lac-Mégantic Sport Centre, from July 8th (Vernissage July 11th) to September 8th 2019.

To view the artist’s paintings and learn more about her artistic process, visit her personal website at www.sylviaaudet-artistepeintre.com

25 June 2019

Artists that can boast of having evolved by following…

Suzanne Maillé

Glass Artist

Thumbnail Sketches

With Suzanne Maillé, it’s quite natural to begin a conversation talking about birds. In fact, our interview takes place prior to her delivering one of her lectures on the subject of Ducks in Saint-Jovite, before the members of the Upper Laurentians Ornithology Club. Her passion for birds started in 1976 and she is today able to recognize more than 150 species simply by listening to their song. So, before we start discussing her art, we converse about Pileated Woodpeckers, Sparrows, Barred Owls and other feathered forest dwellers.

Infants, Baltimore Oriole, 135 pieces, 18 x 28 in, 1988

Infants, Baltimore Oriole, 135 pieces, 18 x 28 in, 1988

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Text by Robert Lafontaine

25 June 2019

With Suzanne Maillé, it’s quite natural to begin…