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René Gagnon

A Giant Madly in Love with the Kingdom of Saguenay

Great Encounter

“Several aspects of a painting are worthy of interest. The subject, the theme, must always be rendered in a simple, coherent fashion, but still impress the beholder. The viewer must be led – by avoiding unnecessary details – to follow the path the painter intended and behold the sensation which possessed the artist.” – Alfred Sysley.

A freedom-loving farmer’s son, René Gagnon wanted to be a “coureur des bois”. The hazards of life and an irresistible calling towards artistic creation determined otherwise. Definitely for the best! Indeed, some of the greatest visual artists of the time passed on to him their tremendous and tumultuous passion for art. Artists such as René Richard, Cosgrove, Ayotte, Albert Rousseau, Marc-Aurèle Fortin, and many others.

Au pays d’un royaume (Saguenay), oil on Masonite, 40 x 48 in, 2008

Au pays d’un royaume (Saguenay), oil on Masonite, 40 x 48 in, 2008

This simply due to the fact that he was the nephew of René Bergeron, an important artists’ manager, who invited his protégés to come and paint on his land in the Saguenay. Thus, self-taught painter René Gagnon was privy to the best lessons in art and life itself through the words of these passionate, freedom loving, masters. In interview, the artist warmly reminisces about these moments, late in the day, when everyone appraised the work of others, often providing constructive criticism. But always delightfully appreciative of how a colleague was able to capture the beauty of the landscape and the fugacious lights of the moment.

Féerie d’automne, oil on Masonite, 40 x 48 in, 2016

Féerie d’automne, oil on Masonite, 40 x 48 in, 2016

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Text by Michel Bois


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66, chemin de la Pointe à Gagnon, Anse de roche, Sacré-Cœur, QC

Musée René Gagnon, 203, rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC

Header image: Féerie d’automne, oil on Masonite, 40 x 48 in, 2016

 

Hiver 2020

28 December 2019

Several aspects of a painting are worthy of interest…

Sylvie Grondin

Confluence of Mineral and Vegetal Elements

Abstraction in Art

“Matter is the unconscious of form.” – Gaston Bachelard

The artist is delighted. Never before have her works been so well received by the public. Her agenda is filled with dates of forthcoming events and exhibitions.

Sylvie Grondin began her visual arts career in the field of printmaking at Engramme in Québec City. She has ever since been exploring the infinite possibilities of paper and colours. Hence, the inclusion of the precious and revealing material in her mixed techniques paintings.

Petits papiers (30), 20 x 20 in

Petits papiers (30), 20 x 20 in

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Text by Michel Bois


Sylvie Grondin is represented by:

Galerie Off, 113, Rue Saint-Paul, Québec, QC 418 569-3316

Galerie Le Luxart, 66, Rue Saint-Paul Ouest, Montréal, QC 514 848-8944

Header image: Les petits papiers (42), 16 x 16 in

 

Hiver 2020

28 December 2019

Matter is the unconscious of form…

Denis Jacques

The Eyes of the Heart

Contemporary Realism

“It is the selection of details, and not their number, that ensures a portrait’s likeness.” – Alexis Carrel

The initial contact is cordial, thus promising. The man is baldheaded and wears an earring on his left earlobe. His steel blue eyes express confidence while imparting a dreamlike stance. Denis Jacques (IAF) is forthcoming and loquacious.

His words flow like a river: “Natives of the Mauricie region either head for Québec City or for Montréal. I first went to the big city, but I adored Québec. There is no comparison. I was drawing a lot and had heard that the city hosted a lot of portraitists. When I saw Sainte-Anne Street, with its mighty trees and friendly artists, it was an easy choice. I first settled-in to draw portraits during the summer of 1980 and remained until 2004,” explains the artist.

Mathilde au pourpoint, oil on wood mounted on cotton, 20 x 16 in, 2015

Mathilde au pourpoint, oil on wood mounted on cotton, 20 x 16 in, 2015

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Text by Michel Bois


Denis Jacques is represented by:

Galerie Archambault, 1303 Notre-Dame, Lavaltrie QC 450 586-2202

Galerie Le Pépin d’Art, 204 Sainte-Rose Blvd, Laval, QC 514 965-9637

Académie Internationale des Beaux-Arts du Québec

He is also the founder of the Académie des Beaux-Arts de Québec, where he dispenses courses to a large public: 755 Charest Blvd. East, Québec, QC 581 989-1337 – admin@acbacq.comdenisjacques@acbaqc.com

denisjacques.cainfo@denisjacques.ca

Header image: Cronos – Autoportrait, clay oil

 

Hiver 2020

28 December 2019

It is the selection of details…

Guy Brassard

Encounter with a Passionate Artist

Artist Profil

“A painting and its painter part ways when they no longer need one another. When the painting can no longer nourish the painter, when the painter can no longer nourish his painting.” – Christian Bobin

A master painter once said: “If you start working on a painting and already see it completed in your mind, abandon the project and start another; your painting is already done,” relates the artist to his students. He adds: “A painting comes to life as it is being created.”

For two years now, Guy Brassard has had the opportunity of teaching drawing and oil painting to diverse groups of students. He urges them to step out of their comfort zone, to forego the safety of photographs and let themselves be guided by their instinct, by what radiates from within. An intuitive painter, he teaches them how to observe and interpret, to trust themselves, to loosen-up. “An artist must remain open to the unexpected, welcome surprises and accidents,” says the teacher. “The canvas will speak to you!” A conversation occurs between the painter and his painting. During the process of creation, it invites him to apply such a colour, to draw a particular shape. Once a work is completed, a painter might say, for example, that this barn’s blue roof simply could not have been painted in another colour; this shade of blue naturally imposed itself to him along the process.

Champs de rêve, oil applied with spatula on canvas, 27 x 57 in

Champs de rêve, oil applied with spatula on canvas, 27 x 57 in

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Text by Anny Brassard


Header image: Les blés sont mûrs, oil applied with spatula on canvas, 24 x 36 in

 

Hiver 2020

28 December 2019

A painting and its painter part ways when…

Marie-Claire Plante

A Multidimensional Complexity

Actual Art

For many years, Marie-Claire Plante has painted in the evening, at night and during the weekends in order to live-out her passion and address her profound need to express herself, as she pursued a career in a field totally unrelated to art. Despite full-time employment, she nevertheless managed to spend upwards of 30 hours a week at developing her talent.

Her retirement in 2013 allows her to finally devote herself wholeheartedly to her painting, resulting in an unprecedented increase of her artistic output. Her inquisitive nature had previously lead her to experience a variety of mediums as she endeavoured, in research mode from year to year, to discover new avenues the combination of which will later constitute her pictorial uniqueness. The various paths she explores over the years intertwine and orient her style which becomes resolutely abstract. “Becoming an artist was always my wish. In the beginning, I did not yet allow myself to paint without figurative benchmarks, although the desire to stray was already there and is now fulfilled in my present works. Figures have long been part of my creative process, although they more often than not already bore the manifestation of this latent intention to one day burst the boundaries,” she says.

Passage obligé, mixed techniques, 36 x 48 in

Passage obligé, mixed techniques, 36 x 48 in

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Text by Lisanne Le Tellier


Marie-Claire Plante’s paintings are exclusively accessible from her personal website: marieclaireplante.com, and her Facebook page.

Header image: Au-delà, mixed techniques, 40 x 54 in

 

Hiver 2020

28 December 2019

For many years, Marie-Claire Plante has painted in the evening…

Espiègle dancus carota

Cédric Loth

Creative Freedom

Forms, Volume and Space

Cédric Loth is a multifaceted artist reputed for his humor and his graphic approach. Best known as a cartoonist, he also sculpts, etches and engraves. With a sound mastery of drawing, his mordant style allows him to settle some scores with society. Portrait of an artist whose single purpose is to create.

His greatest passion being the comic strip, Cédric Loth can work ten hours a day on different projects of his own devise: books, series and commissions. But even after these long hours, he enjoys a change of pace by exploring other mediums. “I adore sculpture and its lasting aspect. I abandoned caricature precisely because of the constant need to start over every day, the previous day’s drawing already forgotten.”

Bronze la poulette

Bronze la poulette

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Text by Isabelle Gauthier


Header image : Espiègle dancus carota

 

Hiver 2020

28 December 2019

Cédric Loth is a multifaceted artist reputed for…

Mégane Fortin (Meg)

An Artist to Discover

Thumbnail Sketches

A new young abstract painter has recently joined Québec’s visual arts community: MEG. Born in 2007 in Québec City, Mégane Fortin started painting at the age of seven under the auspices of her teacher, artist Maurice Louis. Talented and quite determined, she is encouraged to pursue her emerging artistic practice.

She first exhibits her works in Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury, a Québec City suburb, at the age of nine, in duo with her teacher. The exhibition garners great success and the rising young artist gains public renown. Art lovers in attendance are impressed with her talent and most of the exhibited works are sold, many of them notably being purchased by European collectors.

Abstrait 4

Abstrait 4

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Text by Marie-France Bégis


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From April 23 to 26, 2020: Artexpo “Solo” New York PIER 94, 711 12th Ave, New York (NY)

From December 1st 2019 to May 31st 2020: “Vibration” Themed exhibition at the Musée d’art contemporain VR 3D, 54400 Longwy (France)

 

Hiver 2020

28 December 2019

A new young abstract painter has recently joined…

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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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

If many artists are particularly voluble about…

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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www.yvanbedardphotonature.com

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…