The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has mounted one of those shows that can probably best be described as once in a lifetime. Running from February 6 September 5, 2016 Pompeii, is a magnificent exhibition on the city that was laid to rest by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.
The show consists of more than 220 of the best preserved works from the National Archeological Museum in Naples. The show is designed to provide a look at the public, private and intimate realms of Roman citizens when Vesuvius preserved the city and those citizens who remained under a blanket of ash. It is a portrait of ancient life frozen in time.
The show features frescoes, mosaics and statues in bronze, terra cotta and marble, luxurious accessories, silverware, everyday utensils, religious paraphernalia and an exquisite selection of erotica from the Secret Cabinet of the National Archeological Museum in Naples. The exhibition is accompanied by historically accurate music.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has mounted one of those shows that can probably best be described…
Karel Funk, from June 11 through to October 2, 2016 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
The gallery is presenting the work of hometown artist Karel Funk, a Canadian artist who stands poised to breakout into international art scene stardom. Although some aspects of his work appear to carry forward Alex Colville’s mantel Funk is a hyperrealist mining a very Canadian vein.
Funk’s recent work focuses on single isolated figures wearing high performance outerwear against a white backdrop. Over the years the figures themselves have slowly disappeared. Funk’s work is held in major institutions including the National Gallery of Canada, Whitney Museum of American Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, Solomon R. Guggenheim and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Karel Funk, June 11- October 2, 2016 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery…
From July 1, through to September 18, 2016 the Art Gallery of Ontario will be mounting The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris. This is the exhibition that you have been hearing about on and off for about a year. Yes, it is the one curated by funny man and musician Steve Martin. The exhibition has already been seen in Los Angeles and Boston. It is the first solo Harris exhibition seen in the United States. The has been beefed for its Toronto incarnation to include some of his early work which features cityscapes and an epilogue that purports to explore the influence of Harris’ landscapes on Canadian identity. There are some 80 works on display.
While you are at the AGO you might want to wander over to Backdrop, Hurvin Anderson’s first major exhibition in Canada. Anderson is English and his family comes from Jamaica. One of Anderson’s interesting conceits is to paint landscape which is blocked off to the viewer because it is behind a metal trellis, fence or gate. Another point of interest is that most of his work is very large and once past the security elements lush. Backdrop runs through to August 21, 2016.
From July 1, through to September 18, 2016 the Art Gallery of Ontario will be mounting…
Kudos for this summer’s blockbuster exhibition are going to the National Gallery in Ottawa for Elisabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun, 1755-1842, running through September 11, 2016.
Vigee Le Brun was Marie Antoinette’s portraitist and a very fine painter she was indeed. There are roughly 90 paintings included in the exhibition including some of the beautiful self-portraits that Vigee Lebrun used as advertising. Works on exhibition are being loaned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, which also helped organize the show and the Reunion des musée nationaux-Grand Palais, Paris and Queen Elizabeth II.
Vigee Le Brun was largely self taught and learned how to paint by studying other painters. Her rise to fame as a painter of the royal court and to the aristocracy in general is a testament to her superior abilities, given that the 18th century was very much a man’s world. Her portraits are striking for their use of light and their combined depiction of sensuality and immediacy.
Le Brun fled revolutionary France one step ahead of the guillotine and then proceeded to establish herself in a variety of European capitals before finally returning to France, when things settled down.
Kudos for this summer’s blockbuster exhibition are going to the National Gallery in Ottawa…
If you happen to find yourself strolling through Trafalgar Square in London and a sudden overwhelming desire conspires within your breast to enter the hallowed halls of the British National Gallery, succumb to the temptation. There, from June 23 through to September 4, 2016, you will be able to see Painters’ Paintings: From Freud to Van Dyck. Now in some ways the thought of pairing up pictures seems to have swept through the curatorial world but the bee’s knees of this movement has in my mind come to fruition in London.
There, some 80 works of art which once belonged to great artists themselves are on display paired up with work by the artist that owned the painting. As Sir Joshua Reynolds wrote, “Works of art are models you are to imitate, and at the same time rivals you are to combat.”
If you happen to find yourself strolling through Trafalgar Square in London…
If you happen to find yourself strutting down the Boulevards in Gotham, during the first half of the summer, you just might want to take a side trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art where until July 17th you can catch what in all likelihood will become a once in a lifetime chance to see Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms. The show consists of 264 artworks in marble, gold, bronze, silver and terra cotta and glass.
A good third of the objects on display come f rom the Pergamon Museum in Berlin which is being renovated. Pergamon is now called Bergama and located in Turkey. After Alexander the Great’s victories his generals established a series of city states that over the course of some 300 years spread the very best of Greek art across the eastern Mediterranean. This show will be of particular interest to those who like classical sculpture.
If you happen to find yourself strutting down the Boulevards in Gotham…
“The nomad, like the artist, will not on his journey unless he can envision a Promised Land.” – Jacques Attali
Dictionaries define the word voyage as a way or course taken, an attempt or undertaking, an enterprise, an expedition. Symbolically, a voyage illustrates the path one must follow to acquire knowledge or reach a higher spiritual dimension. The pilgrim’s voyage always brings him back to his point of departure. The soul’s voyage expresses a search for happiness, truth and immortality. Physical movement infers the conquest of new territory. A voyage is a long journey of exploration and discovery.
All definitions befitting in fact the timeless works of painter Joseph-Richard Veilleux as intermediaries between the world of the spirit and the wold of the living. Observe the precarious boats swaying through the tides, winds and waves! Watch the blue of the sea coalesce with the blue of the sky! See the passengers’ worried faces as they try to protect themselves with fragile umbrellas against the soaring elements splitting the atmosphere!
Text by Michel Bois
Joseph-Richard Veilleux r.c.a. will be showing his works at Galerie Bernard in Montréal from August 18 to September 17, 2016. Opening August 17, in presence of the artist.
“The nomad, like the artist, will not on his journey unless he can envision a Promised Land.” – Jacques Attali…
“Art never comes to rest in the beds we’ve made-up for it.” – Jean Dubuffet
Those are the words by which Michel Blouin welcomed me to his Île d’Orléans home. Some sort of warning, I guess, but I was pleased to hear it. For the artist never dwells in the conformity of déjà-vu. To be able to take this stand, he has read all he could about art, and has visited a great number of exhibitions, locally and abroad. He was able to form a clear idea about the authenticity of self-expression in the visual arts.
A self-taught painter of undeniably unique talent, poet and musician, it’s refreshing to hear the artist speak of spontaneous art, without any form of academic pretention and conforming to no established aesthetic standards. Dubuffet would be speaking of “raw art” or “mediumistic painting”. As if a diamond in the rough was present in each of us, the facets of which we would need to polish to achieve the greatest possible luminescence.
Text by Michel Bois
Michel Blouin is represented by: Galerie Québec Art, 40, rue notre-Dame, à Québec. Tel. : 418 692-8200
“Art never comes to rest in the beds we’ve made-up for it.” – Jean Dubuffet…
Art in a Feminine Perspective
A woman of heart! My first impression upon meeting Sonia Reid, an artist who followed an unusual career path. Radiant smile, as beautiful as any model, this charming, passionate and riveting woman warmly welcomes me as we meet in Québec’s Galerie Baron-Lafrenière on this first nice day of spring.
Author, lecturer, painter, Sonia Reid is a woman of many talents. Born in Québec City in 1973, she lived a happy childhood in Notre-Dame des Laurentides with her parents and her two sisters. Most of her family members work in the field of education. Her father was a teacher in the maritime sector. Thus, she wasn’t born into a family where artistic values were omnipresent.
During her youth, Sonia Reid is rather Cartesian, very organized and very athletic. She is interested in mathematics, which leads her to pursue studies in mechanical engineering at Laval University. She later obtains her master’s degree in project management at Université du Québec in Trois-Rivières.
Text by Frédéric-Marc Gagné
You are invited to come and appreciate this great artist who brings a breath of freshness to Québec contemporary art, from September 1 to 6, 2016, at Galerie Baron Lafrenière, 66, Sault-au-Matelot, Québec city, or on her website: www.soniareid-art.com
A woman of heart! My first impression upon meeting Sonia Reid, an artist who followed an unusual career path…
Family in Art
During our interview, we readily engaged in a three-way conversation without predefined rules or subjects, akin to the Molleur sisters’ artistic path. In a fairly balanced exchange, which testifies to their long-established adjustment and to the immense affection and respect they hold for one another, I was able to collect their respective vision in a fully equal give and take of confidences. Concerned about the equitable recognition of their respective work, none attempted to overshadow the other, each taking turn to express their mutual points of view on the varied subjects that were brought up.
As members of a family of nine siblings, where art is highly valued, Mireille and Suzanne Molleur develop over the years a strong complicity that extends well beyond their being attracted to the same discipline. This initial complementarity, reinforced with time, later orchestrates their professional visibility through their participation as a duo in various artistic events, exhibiting their works side by side in perfect synergy. Each artist’s work however is unique, entirely independent one from the other, in style as much as in form. “There is no competition between us. We simply enjoy this bubble we have created where we both feel safe, the confluence of our energies also nourishing our respective individual production,” they declare in full agreement.
Text by Lisanne LeTellier
Next October, we will find the Moller sisters at the renowned “Rencontre des Arts” in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, as well as on their respective websites. As their exhibits are almost always conjoined, if you find one you will assuredly find the other! And, without cheating, try to guess which is which…
During our interview, we readily engaged in a three-way conversation without predefined rules or subjects…
Her home facing Mont-Sainte-Anne with a view of Île d’Orléans, Claude De Lorimier has the good fortune of living in an environ- ment that provides her with year-long inspiration. Her paintings depicting the moods of the river and its shores are reflections of this marvelous sight. The self-taught artist has come to rely on this sense of wonderment which is the main trigger that compels her to choose the moment and the rendering, wind in her hair, fully alert.
Claude De Lorimier’s work is imbued with gentleness, an impressionistic touch and an overall peaceful atmosphere. Painting in open air from the very beginning, the artist initially seeks to reproduce the sensations she experiences from nature. Displaying great mastery of colour, her extensive quest for the most accurate shades possible occupies a large part of her efforts. Whether translating the turquoise colour of the river on a particular day or the green of a specific spruce tree, the objective is to give the spectator the impression of being on-site. The search for perfect lighting is also a pivotal part of her process, of upmost importance in fact to be able to render the ephemerality of time, the vastness of a landscape under the expansiveness of sky. With the pleasure of creating something beautiful comes another benefit: “When I paint, all mental activity is on pause, I no longer have time to think!” It is well known that art creates a perfect zen moment.
Text by Isabelle Gauthier
Represented by: Galerie Clarence Gagnon
Her home facing Mont-Sainte-Anne with a view of Île d’Orléans, Claude De Lorimier…
Delight in Discovery
“Like an open-road traveller, I capture images, I absorb glances, occurrences, objects that touch my inner being. And, I transform them like an alchemist defying the test of time.” – Normand Ménard.
If there is one painter inevitably associated with the village of Val-David, it’s none other than Normand Ménard who has been a resident for 35 years. Whether visiting friends or local collectors, City offices or public places, you are almost certain to come upon a “Ménard”. The artist has had a prolific career and his production has remained constant through the years.
Text by Robert Lafontaine
Inspired by native art, our favorite untamed artist also sculpts totems which are integral parts of his artistic process. His forthcoming solo exhibition will be held in 2017, from February 2 to 26, on the magnificent “Place des Citoyens” in Sainte-Adèle. An occasion not to be missed. Walls are at the ready to receive Ménard’s works. I will be there, will you?
“Like an open-road traveller, I capture images, I absorb glances, occurrences, objects that touch my inner being…
Forms, Volume and Space
Adherent to Romanticism, Guy Pierre constantly seeks to extend his own limits. His work reflects the finesse and dexterity of his movements.
A native of Noranda, Guy Pierre currently lives in Laval. Throughout his thirty-five years of experience, he has acquired and developed a thorough technical training that has allowed him to sculpt wood, clay and bronze with equal mastery, his works speaking for themselves.
Text by Denise Kouri
Adherent to Romanticism, Guy Pierre constantly seeks to extend his own limits…
On the Web features inspiring artists who use social media and various sharing platforms for the purpose of promoting their art on the Internet.
The artist’s approach focusses on the contemporary woman’s quest for identity and freedom: “A reality where the female role is preconceived and where a woman is expected to be simultaneously loving, powerful, passionate and hardworking while respecting the dictates of her social surroundings.”
Subsequent to several preparatory sketches, the artist confidently transfers on canvas her melancholic and enigmatic figures. In her latest series of Super Hero Cages, Chevrier’s women are muzzled with graphic masks lifted from American comic strips. For the artist, this mimicry symbolizes the social imprisonment of their true identity. In her works, Sandra Chevrier opposes the dynamism created through onomatopoeias, bright colours and victory against the greyness of defeat and poignant fragility. She thus evokes the daily struggles these women face, nourished by their false expectations towards beauty and perfection. “If Super-Heroes can fall and rise up again, we should also be able to accept our weaknesses and remain courageous when facing an ordeal, with an understanding that we are all human beings.”
Originally from the Laurentians, Sandra Chevier, who holds a bachelor’s degree in visual arts and media from the Université du Québec à Montréal, presently lives and works in Montréal. Her artworks travel to Japan, New-Zealand, England, Norway, the United States and China.
Tell us about your medium?
S.C.: I work with a variety of mediums such as acrylic, watercolour, pastel, graphite and occasionally collages. I may create very large pieces on canvas or smaller works on paper. I also like working with wood which allows me to play with atypical shapes.
How would you describe your artistic work in a tweet of 140 characters, hashtags included?
S.C.: Portraits wearing masks. Cages symbolizing daily constraints. Waltz between reality and imagination, truth and falseness, remedy and poison.
How important is it for an artist to have a website and be present on social media?
S.C.: Social media have become the best tools benefiting an artist. Art is now accessible in a few clicks to human beings all over the world. It travels by itself effortlessly. This greatly affects galleries as artists no longer necessarily need to work with them or have an agent; they can now promote their own work themselves, and at no cost. I am very active on social media and they are the main reason for my international success.
What would you recommend for artists who still do not have a website and whose budget is limited?
S.C.: There are many ways to freely promote one’s work on the web: Instagram would be my first choice, followed by such sites as Facebook, Ello, artistic forums such as Banksy Forum and Espresso Beans, LinkedIn, Pinterest…
How much time, on a professional basis, are you investing in social media?
S.C.: I try to publish one or a few photos on Instagram every day. People who follow me enjoy seeing my “work in progress” posts, my sketches, my life in studio and some other moments of my life… They thus become aware of the process behind the finished work. They accompany me on my travels around the world and during my exhibitions. They learn to know me as a person, as a mother, as a business woman and artist.
How have social media impacted your career?
S.C.: I now have patrons I would never otherwise have been in contact with: celebrities, rich investors. As an example, I have become friends with singer Alicia Keys and rapper Swizz Beatz who has founded “The Dean Collection”, a prestigious collection that now includes several artworks from emerging as well as renowned artists.
Your Facebook page has 19 000 followers. Are you using this platform to promote your artwork?
S.C.: I must admit that since I’ve discovered Instagram, I rather recommend this platform instead of Facebook. For a visual artist working with images, Instagram seems to be more efficient and helps me reach a broader audience. I now count more than 40,000 subscribers on this platform. However, to better control and more efficiently manage all of my media, I do link my Instagram account to both my Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Do you have a virtual shopping outlet? If so, what percentage of your total revenues do these online transactions represent? Do you sense some reluctance on the part of artists towards selling their works online?
S.C.: I have sold my own pieces for many years until my career took an international turn. I exhibit my work to the four corners of the globe, thus my customers are everywhere. My business partner and artist agent Jean-Pascal Fournier has opened the C.O.A. Gallery as well as an online shopping gallery in order to have a physical location in Montréal and, by the same token, increase our credibi- lity. I can now have a print edition of 350 giclees or serigraphs that will be sold-out in less than 15 seconds on the website. I also sell original works online. The website and the gallery have also allowed us to add to our list of contacts and customers who receive our newsletter. They are immediately informed when works become available. After some trials and errors, we now work with trustwor- thy transport companies who ship our works all over the world. Clearly some glitches may arise, but people have faith in us and are aware of the risks. We offer good after-sale service in case of problem.
What are your plans for the next 6 months or so? Exhibitions? Artist residency? Training?
S.C.: I’ve just come back from exhibiting my works in Hong Kong and New York. I am now launching production of my next solo exhibition which will be held in Los Angeles this autumn. I will also be exhibiting in Norway, Australia and Miami during the course of the year.
Text by Isabelle Gagné
The following links will allow you to follow Sandra Chevrier on the Web and stay connected with the artist:
Official website: sandrachevrier.com
Sandra Chevrier is also represented by C.O.A. Gallery in Montréal: coagallery.com
We also invite you to stay connected with Magazin’Art on our various media:
Official Website: magazinart.com
The artist’s approach focusses on the contemporary woman’s quest for identity and freedom…