Painting a Country
“I do not know whether my paintings are Surrealist or not, but I do know that they are the most honest expression of myself.” – Frida Kahlo
Facing me, the man stands straight as an oak tree. His hands are huge. His hair is shaggy, much as Albert Einstein’s. His deep intense eyes reflect the greatest joys as well as the torments of human experience. René Gagnon has been dealing with the hazards of life for all of his 86 years, including 67 years with the demons of creation.
Over the restaurant table, he is showing me the pictures that are included in his book. Here, on a fishing trip with Riopelle, Paul Rebeyrolle and Stanley Cosgrove; another, with Alfred Pellan, taken during an exhibition in Paris. Being cognizant of René Gagnon’s creation is, to me, one of life’s blessings. Could it be one of the best kept secret of Québec art history?
Texte de Michel Bois
Facing me, the man stands straight as an oak tree. His hands are huge. His hair is shaggy, much as Albert Einstein’s…
Gordon Harrison is a man of many parts, all of which have combined to make him one of the most successful Canadian landscape painters working today.
In September he won First Prize at the Rêves d’Automne 2014 painting contest in Baie Saint-Paul, in Charlevoix, Québec, where 140 prominent artists displayed 251 paintings, each bidding to capture the unofficial title of best Canadian landscape painter. He has also exhibited his work at what may be called the spiritual home of Canadian landscape painting, the McMichael Gallery in Kleinberg, just outside of Toronto, where all but one of the Group of Seven are buried.
For those who aren’t familiar with the spectacular natural beauty of the Charlevoix region, it has been captivating Quebec and Canadian landscape painters from the Group of Seven on down and Harrison has from time to time been called the eighth member of the Group of Seven.
Text by Noel Meyer
Gordon Harrison’s work is represented at the following venues: Galerie Perreault, 205 Saint Paul St., Québec, 418-692-4772; L’Express Gourmand, 31 Morin St., Sainte-Adèle, 450-229-1915; Les Fougères, 783 Route 105, Chelsea Qc, 819-827-8942; Gordon Harrison Canadian Landscape Gallery, 495 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, 613-746-6853; Petroff Gallery, 1016 Eglington Ave West, Toronto, 416-782-1696; In2Art Gallery, 136 Church St, Oakville, 905-582-6739; Peaks and Rafters Gallery, 162 Medora St., Port Carling, 705-765-6868; Ryan Fine Art Gallery, 3658 Muskoka, Hwy. 118 West, Port Carling, 705-765-1500; Rouge Gallery, 245 3rd Ave., Unit 200, Saskatoon, 306-955-8882; West End Gallery, 12308 Jasper Ave., NW, Edmonton, 780-488-4892; West End Gallery, 1203 Broad St., Victoria, 250-388-0009.
Gordon Harrison is a man of many parts, all of which have combined to make him one of the most successful Canadian landscape painters…
“It’s the uncertainty that charms. A mist makes things wonderful and mysterious.” – Oscar Wilde, author
Oh my goodness! The painter expresses such high sensitivity by recurring to the vaporous contours of sfumato; a technique that goes as far back as Leonardo Da Vinci, which forces the spectator to take a step back, admire and internalize the essence of the work. Rarely used in contemporary art, sfumato is a mode of colour blending which procures a vaporous, even smoky, effect where the subject’s contours are evoked rather than delineated, as through a veil of diffused and blurred lights.
Text by Michel Bois
Alexi-Martin Courtemanche is represented by: La galerie d’art du Château Frontenac, Québec; La galerie d’art Courtemanche, Magog; The artist can be reached via his website to arrange for a visit of his studio/gallery: www.aleximartin.com
Oh my goodness! The painter expresses such high sensitivity by recurring to the vaporous contours of sfumato; a technique that…
Art in Discovery
“Slavish representation of a landscape… Impossible! The landscape artist always, and first and foremost, creates from his inner being!” – Fabienne Verdier, Philosopher.
Dear landscape artists, for whom truth lies in the blue of sky and water, the white of snow, the green of fir trees and the orange undulations of burnt hay; how I admire how you are able to express your love of life by translating the nature that surrounds you! The heartfelt creation of Miguel Forest, a true discovery as far as I am concerned, testifies to the artist’s fascination with the landscape.
Text by Michel Bois
Dear landscape artists, for whom truth lies in the blue of sky and water, the white of snow, the green of fir trees and the orange undulations…
Wildlife in Art
For centuries, the animal kingdom has ignited man’s imagination. We need only think of ancient cave paintings as well as the great many artistic achievements it has inspired to creators in all cultures.
Well beyond a purely symbolic association that serves a purpose, wildlife art is primarily meant to be a vibrant testimonial to the connection that unites all living beings sharing the same planet.
Text by Lisanne LeTellier
For centuries, the animal kingdom has ignited man’s imagination. We need only think of ancient cave paintings as well as the great many artistic…
Original, exceptional, luminous: adjectives that perfectly describe painter Mance Di (www.mancedi.com) as well as her body of work.
She has been painting for nearly twenty years, travelling throughout Québec, from north to south and from east to west, from one artistic event to another, with Bob, her faithful hairy companion. Her paintings leave no-one indifferent. Because of their striking colours immediately catching the eye, yes, but also because of their rather unorthodox subject: nuns!
Text by Dominic Villeneuve
Original, exceptional, luminous: adjectives that perfectly describe painter Mance Di (www.mancedi.com) as well as her body of work…
A great number of art lovers toy with the project of opening a gallery. There is however, between dream and reality, a large gap to be conquered which is not everyone’s cup of tea.
This mix of culture and business sense is rather rarely found, but when it does present itself, the sustainability of the project is foreseeable. Such is the case for Galerie Céleste, owned by an artist with a high degree of business sensitivity; fourteen years of existence and solid growth as undeniable proof.
A great number of art lovers toy with the project of opening a gallery. There is however, between dream and reality, a large gap…
On the Web features inspiring artists who use social media and various sharing platforms for the purpose of promoting their art on the Internet.
Originally from Montreal, Claire Desjardins gave up her career as graphic designer in 2011 to dedicate herself entirely to her artistic practice. In her work, she seeks to recreate movement and, in painting, transform personal chaos into tranquility.
This creative intensity is perceivable through the kinetic energy with which the artist applies pigment on canvas, but especially through her most distinctive colour palette.
She has been the recipient of numerous grants for artist residencies, one of which brought her as far as the Da Wang Culture Artist Residency in China. Claire Desjardins is one of the top-selling artists on the Saatchi Art platform, a global leader in transactional websites specializing in the sale of artworks. She also displays her work off the web, in a more traditional fashion, in galleries across Canada.
Due to her consistent Internet presence and the indisputable quality of her work, Claire Desjardins is regularly mentioned on a great number of webzines and influential blogs.
How would you describe your artistic work in a tweet of 140 characters, hashtags included?
C.D.: Abstract painter, inspired by the expressionists of the 1950s.
In your opinion, how important is having a website for an artist or a gallery owner?
C.D.: It’s very important! Everyone is on social media, so we need to be on it too!
Have you called on professional help for your website design and programming?
C.D.: Yes, I had my website programmed by a company specializing in such work. Its design, however, I did myself, since I actually was a Web designer for many years.
What would you recommend for artists who still do not have a website and whose budget is very limited?
C.D.: Create your own website! If not, join and feature yourself on sites where you will be able to sell your art. For example: Saatchi Art, Fine Art America or Art Finder. Also maintain regular social media presence… It’s free!
At what frequency do you update your website?
C.D.: Ideally, daily!
How much time, on a professional basis, are you investing in social media?
C.D.: I am actively present on social media everyday. I monitor throughout the day and especially during my workshop breaks.
How have social media helped you in your career? Can you give us a concrete example?
C.D.: Of course! It’s an excellent way of promoting my art exhibits and advertising my forthcoming workshops. I once welcomed students from Virginia who had driven 13 hours to attend a workshop that was advertised on Facebook. Some of my paintings have also been sold through sharing on Pinterest or Facebook.
As a professional artist, do you maintain a blog? What topics do you discuss and how frequently do you post?
C.D.: On my blog, where I allow myself to post opinions, I write about events related to my artistic practice, for example: fairs, workshops, inspiring travel experiences, artist residencies, etc.
Do you sell your work on any online gallery?
C.D.: Yes. I am essentially present on Saatchi Art.
Is selling your artwork online a complex process, especially concerning shipping?
C.D.: If you wish to sell on the Internet, you necessarily need to be organized! First, equip yourself with the necessary shipping materials: bubble wrap, cartons and boxes. You must also know what the dimensions and weight of the final parcels are. Inquire about all customs regulations: value of your export, NAFTA rules, other countries regulations, etc. When I possess all this information, everything becomes easier!
If you could recommend only one Website to other artists, which one would it be?
What projects are you entertaining for the coming 6 months (or more)? Exhibitions? Artist residencies? Training?
C.D.: Having just ended my participation in The Artist Project fair in Toronto, where space was allotted to house my production, I am presently dedicating the majority of my time to catching-up with my work in studio! I am scheduled to lead some workshops in Montréal and in the United States and I am in preparation for an exhibition at the Wall Space Gallery in Ottawa.
Text by Isabelle Gagné (MissPixels)
The following links will allow you to follow Claire Desjardins on the Web and stay connected with the artist:
Official Website: clairedesjardins.com
Saatchi Art: saatchiart.com/clairedj
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Originally from Montreal, Claire Desjardins gave up her career as graphic designer in 2011 to dedicate herself entirely to her artistic…
What better place could there be for something modern that the Art Gallery of Alberta which is showing Pop Show Dazzled by the Everyday, March 21, 2015-June 7, 2015. Pop Art which focussed a critical eye on the everyday emerged after the Second World War, which when you think about it is a pure case of cause and effect. The show contains work by Warhol, Lichtenstein, Oldenburg and British contemporaries, Richard Hamilton, Allen Jones and David Hockney as well as Canadians Joyce Wieland, Greg Curnoe and Michael Snow.
What better place could there be for something modern that the Art Gallery of Alberta which is showing Pop Show Dazzled by the Everyday…
There are a couple of interesting things going on at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. There first you might call a bit of a retrospective and the second you might call a bit of a miracle. L.L. FitzGerald’s Impressionist Decade, 1910-1920, running until June 7, 2015, examines some luminescent work by the Manitoba artist Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald. FitzGerald’s work in trying to honestly record the effect of light and atmosphere have resulted in some wonderful works that deserve to be appreciated to a greater extent than they are.
And now, here’s the miracle: Elisapee Ishulutaq Yesterday and Today, running until June 14, 2015. The work consists of one large mural done in oil stick on paper. It shows the dif ferences between when Ishulutaq was young and the world around her in Pangnirtung now.
Wight had been aware of Elisapee for some time and so she should have. Elisapee Ishulutaq is one of the last if not the last original artist from the Pangnirtung experimental print shop in 1970. Her work is famous and has been used as the basis for tapestries. She is also a member of the Order of Canada.
The charming part of all of this is that if you want more insight into the creation of art you can watch it being done in a seven minute video that is completely both charming and fascinating. You can see the video on the Winnipeg Art Gallery website in the current exhibition section or look Elisapee Ishulutaq up on YouTube.
There are a couple of interesting things going on at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. There first you might call a bit of a retrospective and the second…
It may now be time for something a little more modern and the Art Gallery of Ontario will be showing Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time until May 10, 2015. Basquiat made a reputation for himself in New York City during the late 1980s and that reputation soon became international. Basquiat was black and his art confronted racism, identity and social tension. This is the first retrospective of Basquiat’s work to be shown in Canada and consists of close to 85 large scale paintings and drawings from private collections and public museums across Europe and North America.
It may now be time for something a little more modern and the Art Gallery of Ontario will be showing Jean-Michel Basquiat…
The Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec is promising those who devoted to Japanese art one heck of a time with Japan, The Great Seduction, running from June 11, 2015 – September 27, 2015. The exhibition draws on the famous collection of Japanese art at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and consists of 130 works including pieces in lacquer and silver, paintings, photographs and prints. The Quebec City showing is the only stop in Canada. The exhibition promises to explore the Western world’s fascination with Japanese art and its powerful influence.
It seems, however, that Boston Museum of Fine Arts has kept some of its more famous works at home. From April 5, 2015 – August 9, 2015 the museum will be exhibiting Hokusai, whose images are perhaps the most widely recognized of any Japanese artist. Katsushika Hokusai, 1760-1849, was the first Japanese artist to be internationally recognized. Some of the masterworks on display will be Under the Wave Off Kanagawa from the legendary series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji and the brilliantly coloured multi-panel screen painting Phoenix.
The Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec is promising those who devoted to Japanese art one heck of a time with Japan…