“Art should be a part of life and life a part of art.”– Marie D’Agoult, 1849.
Much tenderness, plenty of love, a great deal of generosity and truthfulness! Through humour or song, when writing or drawing, Clémence DesRochers always remains true to herself. She never engages in self-censorship of her personality and talent.
As it happens, on April 23, 2015, Madame DesRochers’ drawings entered the Museum through the front door. The artist’s lesser known works are, in fact, part of a group of objects donated to the museum by collector René Jacob, a long time friend with whom she has collaborated for quite some time, creating images to the written words of the poet, author and editor, also pharmacist. They have been entertaining this prolific friendship, in all liberty, for the past 15 years. He wrote! She drew! Based on René Jacob’s own family pictures, the collection in a way paints a portrait of Québec society during an era that has become our heritage.
Text by Michel Bois
Much tenderness, plenty of love, a great deal of generosity and truthfulness! Through humour or song, when writing or drawing…
Forms, Volume and Space
THUIR (Catalonia, France), Winter 2011
The tramontana, that gale force wind from the Pyrénées, is fiercely blowing on the old town. In a corner of the city square, I am waiting for my husband, somewhat protected from the wind behind a bronze sculpture that is round, warm and maternal, next to a palm tree.
A little further on this same grassed area, next to an olive tree; a second bronze sculpture faces the first, powerful and imposing, representing Saint George overcoming the Dragon. Sant Jordi, the illustrious patron saint of Catalonia from South to North. I look for a signature to no avail, finding only initials. After investigation, I finally learn the name of the creator of these two superb bronze sculptures: Rosa Serra. As days go by, the intensity of the moment I experienced between these two sculptures fades away.
Text by Christiane Frenay
BIBLIOGRAPHY (Besides numerous articles in the press and magazines)
“Rosa Serra, Una visió monumental” (Art book, 238 pages) Author: Antoni Garrido, author, editor, art critique and founder of the “Fundació de la Premsa Comarcal de Catalunya”. Editor: Edicions el Bassegoda, Olot, 2008.
“Rosa Serra” (Art book, 238 pages) Introduction: Arcadi Calzada, editor. Texts: Josep Valls, philologist, author, art critique. Editor: Galeria d’Art Arcadi Calzada, Olot, 2008.
“Suite Olympique Rosa Serra” (Art book, 128 pages) Texts: Andreu Mercé Varela, sports journalist (Barcelona 1918-2011). Editor: Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland.
“Xavier Carbonell MANHATTAN” (Art book, 216 pages) Author: Ed McCormack, writing collaborator for Editors of Andy Warhol’s, who has written various articles on art and popular culture for Rolling Stone and The Village Voice, among others. Presently, with his wife Jeannie McCormack he publishes The New York Art Journal Gallery & Studio. Editor: Jadite Gallery, New York, 2010.
“Xavier Carbonell STILL LIFE” (Art book, 200 pages) Author: K. Mitchell Snow, author and art critique, essays and literature. Editor: Jacqueline Rothschild Fine Art, New York, 2001.
“Xavier Carbonell VIATGE I PINTURA” (Art book, 224 pages) Author: Josep Valls, author, biographer, art critique. Editor: Jadite Gallery, New York, 2014.
The tramontana, that gale force wind from the Pyrénées, is fiercely blowing on the old town. In a corner of the city square…
The field of dog training having long been a part of Hélène Caron’s life, it is with great sadness that she resigned herself to abandon the idea of sharing her life with an animal companion, due to allergies suffered by those close to her.
Deprived of the pleasure of interacting with either a cat or a dog, she directed her need towards the visual representation of animals, mostly of those that would not remind her of what she was missing. “It’s been a painful grieving process, since connecting with animals is essential to me. I had to find another way of having them around me.”
Text by Lisanne Le Tellier
The field of dog training having long been a part of Hélène Caron’s life, it is with great sadness that she resigned herself to abandon…
Art in a Feminine Perspective
Energetic and vibrant, colourful and cheerful! When the same adjectives are used to describe an artist and her paintings, it means she has reached a level of authenticity that exceeds a signature. Nicole Coulombe follows her dreams armed with paint brushes, her head full of colours.
Text by Isabelle Gauthier
Represented by Galerie Symbol’Art, Montreal
Energetic and vibrant, colourful and cheerful! When the same adjectives are used to describe an artist and her paintings, it means she…
Delight in Discovery
“An artist should never copy nature, but rather take elements of nature and create a new assemblage that will touch people’s imagination.” – Magritte
No key code is needed to unlock Manon Potvin’s paintings. Animals, human figures, elements of nature, reveal themselves instantly through a fantastic and visionary dimension that touches us beyond all understanding. Penetrating Manon Potvin’s universe is a suave experience which causes us to dive straight into a world of surrealism and symbolism.
Texte de Michel Bois
On communiquera avec l’artiste par le biais de son site : www.manonpotvin.com
No key code is needed to unlock Manon Potvin’s paintings. Animals, human figures, elements of nature, reveal themselves instantly…
My first visit to the Zénon Alary museum in Mont-Rolland so impressed me, I couldn’t understand how an establishment of such high quality, while untraditional, wasn’t more widely known throughout the Laurentians region.
Without the dedication of a team of volunteers and the unrelenting efforts of its founder, Simone Constantineau, the museum project would probably have long fizzled-out.
Texte de Robert Lafontaine
My first visit to the Zénon Alary museum in Mont-Rolland so impressed me, I couldn’t understand how an establishment of such high quality, while…
On the Web features inspiring artists who use social media and various sharing platforms for the purpose of promoting their art on the Internet.
Should you one day cross path with Raphaëlle Séguin, she may well capture an aspect of your facial physiognomy and use it to create one of her cheerful figures.
The artist’s paintings are in fact inhabited by characters with wide intriguing eyes, wearing subtle glasses. Whether named Colin, Fabrice or Sacha, the subjects candidly stare back at us, sometimes with a questioning look in their eyes. On her Facebook page, which she updates regularly, Raphaëlle Séguin generously shares her passion, her work in studio and her day-to-day life as an artist. In spring 2015, she was a finalist at the provincial ExpoPlus, a competition taking place exclusively on the Internet and social media. The artist’s pictorial creation is presently very well received. Her works in acrylic and pastel are displayed in various galleries in Québec and in the United States.
How important is it for an artist to have a website and be present on social media?
R.S.: In my opinion, it is primordial for an artist to have a personal website which allows you to directly communicate with the public, thus increasing your visibility and recognition for your work. Through my website art lovers are able to easily view my creations without having to go to an art gallery. The use of social media platforms is also proving highly effective in reaching potential buyers. These platforms offer me the possibility of connecting with other artists represented in galleries and share their experiences, projects, undertakings, etc. Social media has also afforded me the opportunity of communicating with patrons in France, Spain, United States and Mexico. Proof that the Web knows no border!
How would you describe your artistic work in a tweet of 140 characters, hashtags included?
R.S.: Contemporary style paintings created with #passion and a grain of folly. #playful, sensitive, naïve, candid, introspective, colourful. POW!
Have you called on professional help for your website design and programming?
R.S.: I did everything myself. It is today easy enough (while demanding) to create a personal website without being a professional web designer. You simply need to take the time needed and inquire a bit. Personally, I used the Wix platform to set-up my site. (http://fr.wix.com)
At what frequency do you update your website?
R.S.: On a weekly basis if possible, or even more frequently. It depends on whatever time is available, whether I am in a period of creation or not.
How much time are you investing on your Facebook page?
R.S.: I am present on Facebook almost on a daily basis. During pauses in my creative process, I take my messages or dispense information.
Have social media markedly impacted your career? Can you give us a concrete example?
R.S.: Absolutely! Last spring, one of my paintings won the ExpoPlus contest organized by Abribus and Québecor media. The public voted, via their website, for their favourite work out of 10 finalists. They were also invited to share their choice on social media. Thanks to this recognition, my work entitled “Harry” was projected on seven feet high luminous panels in some twenty “Abribus” bus stops in Greater Montreal.
If you could recommend only one Website to other artists, which one would it be?
R.S.: I find the fubiz.com website very interesting. It features on a daily basis the best of contemporary creative culture: graphic art, culture, products, digital clips and arts.
Do you have plans for forthcoming exhibitions?
R.S.: I am actually in preparation for a solo exhibition in Rosemère. Details will be posted on my Facebook page as well as on my website. I have 1001 projects in mind that I will probably never be able to realize during one lifetime!
Text by Isabelle Gagné
The following links will allow you to follow Raphaëlle Séguin on the Web and stay connected with the artist:
We also invite you to stay connected with Magazin’Art on our various media:
Official Website : magazinart.com
Twitter : twitter.com/magazinart
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Should you one day cross path with Raphaëlle Séguin, she may well capture an aspect of your facial physiognomy and use it to create one of…
Being an art lover, you take pleasure in visiting gallery exhibitions or strolling along one or more of the many symposiums being held each year across Quebec. You may also search the web to stay aware of current market trends. Some of your favourite pieces adorn your walls and art is part of your daily life.
Then, one day, you realize that: your tastes have changed, you have to move, you don’t really love the painting inherited from your parents, or, the number of paintings you now own prevent you from purchasing others. In short, time has come to separate yourself from a piece of art. Fine, but… how?
Three options present themselves
1. You contact the art gallery that originally sold the painting, if it still exists, or another gallery. To your surprise, you find that the gallery isn’t exactly eager, or is squarely not interested, to accept your painting in consignment. If it does, it will demand a commission fee equal to 30% of the selling price. The gallery owner will explain that he prefers promoting artists he represents with more recent production.
2. You contact one or the other auction houses that organize art sales, mostly in Montreal. You then resign yourself to set a minimum reserve price that is much lower than what you really hoped for. You will also have to pay commission on the selling price, as will the eventual buyer (for example: 20% each).
3. Not convinced? You can still try the classified ads. Despite a good photograph, your painting may find itself in the “arts and antiques” section next to an old motor oil sign from the 1950s, or next to a work painted by an amateur. If your painting has real artistic value, chances are a bargain seeker will notice it…and make you a meagre offer.
A fourth, less known, option now exists: websites where you can post the artwork you wish to sell. Some free sites somewhat resemble vast flee markets where works by professional artists cohabit with unprofessional renderings, and where quantity is valued more than quality. Others, that do impose a fee and are more selective, seek first and foremost to offer quality artworks created by professional artists. One of those is Consign’art, a distinctive site that offers much more than a mere window, for nominal registration fees.
Consignart.ca – Where art is truly showcased
The low registration cost serves as initial filter for works thereon presented. These registration fees are reinvested in their entirety into advertising aimed at increasing awareness of the site’s existence among art lovers.
The individual who wishes to sell a work of art must consider the abundance of the offer… hence the importance of using the right platform, one where the piece he is selling is showcased to its best advantage. The buyer also benefits from a centralized offer which gives him access to an array of high quality pieces. Consign’art’s objective is to become a reliable and inescapable reference on the art market, for selling and for buying customers as well. You wish to sell a work of art? Think Consign’art!
Being an art lover, you take pleasure in visiting gallery exhibitions or strolling along one or more of the many symposiums being held each year across Québec…
The Art Gallery of Alberta will be running the retrospective, Jack Bush until August 23, 2015. Bush was one of the first Canadian artists to gain an international reputation and following and he exhibited in Toronto, New York and London. Bush, 1909-1977. Bush worked as an commercial artist until 1968 when he devoted himself completely to abstract art becoming one of the better known colour field painters.
In his work he attempted to distill the essence of how things made him feel, the colour and smell of a flower for instance, or a mark in the road. The Edmonton exhibition features more than 50 works that trace Bush’s development form commercial illustrator to large scale abstract art.
The Art Gallery of Alberta will be running the retrospective, Jack Bush until August 23, 2015. Bush was one of the first Canadian…
The Alexander Colville exhibition at the National Gallery is running until September 7, 2015 and although I have mentioned it before I feel it must be mentioned again because the chance of this many paintings, more than 250, as well as more than a hundred preparatory drawings is rare. In short, the exhibition probably contains every image painted by this iconic Canadian artist you will ever want to see.
The Alexander Colville exhibition at the National Gallery is running until September 7, 2015 and although I have mentioned it before…
From May 30 until October 18, 2015 the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is presenting Metamorphoses: In Rodin’s Studio. The show is the largest Rodin exhibition to be assembled at close to 300 pieces and includes works that have not been seen before in North America.
The exhibition explores how Rodin worked with first his materials and then with his models and casters while being documented by writers and photographers at the same time.
From May 30 until October 18, 2015 the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is presenting Metamorphoses: In Rodin’s Studio…
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 Boston Museum of Fine Arts 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…