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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!

Portrait

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

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Marshal

The Eloquence of a Distinctive Talent

Contemporary Realism

 

If contemporary creativity benefits from extensive archives campi­ling centuries ofwidely diverse artistic proposals, it also inherits the challenge of reinventing déjà vu. The bar is raised even higher by the multiplied avenues of artworks dissemination. How to express himself differently, in a way that has never been done before, has been joe Marshal Foster’s motivation from the outset. Without ever negating the past, his approach consists in absorbing parts of the culture that shapes a person’s way of life while striving to find unexplored avenues that correlate his profoundly personal vision of the world. In his opinion, an artist’s work will stand out only if he adopts a pictoriallanguage that reveals his uniqueness and authen­ticity.

“Art has existed for such a long time, it is the cultures revol­ ving around it that change. Since everything has already been done, an artist must find a way to express what’s already known with surprising originality.” To honour his grandfather, an exceptional man in his eyes from whom he draws his middle name, he chooses Marshal as his signature.

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Text by Lisanne Le Tellier

Marshal is represented by galerie Le Balcon d’art in Saint-Lambert. His works are present in numerous local and international corporate collections. Marshalarts.org

24 September 2017

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Alain Lacaze

An Evocative Body of Work

Great Encounter

“Any obstacle reinforces determination. One who has set a goal for himself will not falter.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Alain Lacaze was born in Paris in 1939. He was a war child who had to grow up and educate himself on his own. The man is a poet and an erudite. He is a French painter in North America, and is extraordinarily savvy. He is humble, while endowed  with great human and universal consciousness. He has been living in Québec since the 1980s.

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Text by Michel Bois
Galerie Alain Lacaze 129-131, Saint-Paul, Québec, Canada / 418 692-4381 / galerie@alainiacaze.com

24 September 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).

10 June 2017

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Lynn Garceau

On Exhibit

Having been raised in a family of artists, it was foreseeable that painting would someday be part of Lynn Garceau’s life. A more than likely prospect indeed as she believes the discipline has literally chosen her and that she would have been unable to follow a different path. She is however in her early thirties when the call becomes really insistent, pressing her to devote more of her time to art, with ever increasing ardour. Passionate about flowers, tulips, peonies and poppies are prominent in her paintings, sometimes depicted in close-up, sometimes as part of a spanning panorama that allows for a quasi-abstract treatment.

“I can’t imagine my life without flowers. It’s a penchant that runs in our family, transmitted from one generation to the next. This theme is part of my life and is certainly here to stay, especially since there is such a quantity of locations when we can watch them bloom.” Starting with La Mauricie National Park where she’s been going every week for a very long time, the Annual Tulip Festival in Ottawa and the wonderful gardens of Les Hémérocalles de l’Isle, located in Bécancour, that count more than twenty thousand cultivars. She has also been to Algonquin Park, located between Georgian Bay and the Ottawa River in Ontario, kayaking to discover the aquatic flora and the twisted pines that were so well depicted by Tom Thompson. And then there are Monet’s gardens in Giverny, the Alhambra gardens in Spain, as well as Provence where she can follow in Van Gogh’s footsteps. She also visited the Antilles where the light is so different and where she had the opportunity to paint exotic species depicted in flowerpots on smaller sized canvasses.  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

Lynn Garceau’s works are available in the following galleries:

Galerie Bel Art, in Québec City, Galerie Beauchamp in Baie-Saint-Paul, Galerie Le Bourget in Montréal, Galerie Lumière au pinceau in the City of Grand-Mère, Koyman Galleries in Ottawa, Woodlands Gallery in Winnipeg, Galerie Céleste in Saint-Sauveur, Oceanside Art Gallery in British Colombia and Ryan Fine Art Gallery in Port Carling, Ontario.

10 June 2017

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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.

10 June 2017

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Jean-Pierre Neveu’s Universe

Contemporary Realism

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.  Abonnez-vous au contenu de notre site internet pour lire ce texte. Subscribe to our Website content to read more


Text by HeleneCaroline Fournier

www.galerievieuxstjean.com/portfolio/jean-pierre-neveu

10 June 2017

Jean-Pierre Neveu was born in 1948 in Saint-Basile-le-Grand (Québec). He begins drawing and painting at a very early age…

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Redolent Paintings

Ilinca Ghibu

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.  Abonnez-vous au contenu de notre site internet pour lire ce texte. Subscribe to our Website content to read more


Text by Michel Bois

Ilinca Ghibu is represented by Galerie Québec Art, 40, rue Notre-Dame, Québec (Québec) / 418 692-8200www.galeriequebecart.com

10 June 2017

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