If you find yourself in Venice this summer you may want to drop by the Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi to take a look at Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, running until December 3rd, 2017. The exhibition operates on the conceit that the works on display were discovered in a 2000 year old wreck that Damien Hirst discovered on the floor of the Indian Ocean and raised at his own expense. According to a review published in The Guardian on April 16th, 2017 by Laura Cumming, the show is: “by turns marvellous and beautiful, prodigious, comic and monstrous.”
Hirst has filled his extravaganza with hundreds of pieces made from marble, gold, bronze, crystal, jade and malachite. Throughout the show are references to his past work and other artists work which raise questions about reality and myth and the worth of an art work.
If you find yourself in Venice this summer you may want to drop by the Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi to take a look at Treasures…
Emily Carr: Into the Forest opens on May 13th and runs until March 4th, 2018 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. As you would image the exhibition’s subject matter is the West Coast forest and Carr’s relationship with it, as shown in 45 paintings. The gallery’s Senior Curator-Historical, Ian M. Thom says that, “by confronting the forest directly, Carr celebrated the natural world through her masterful images of the coastal forest landscape. Through her unique synthesis of the spiritual and natural, Carr’s forest paintings have shaped the way British Columbians perceive their natural surroundings.”
In 1935 Carr wrote: “Sketching in the big woods is wonderful. You go, find a space wide enough to sit in and clear enough so that the undergrowth is not drowning you. Everything is green. Everything is waiting and still. Slowly things begin to move, to slip in their places. Groups and masses and lines tie themselves together. Colours you had not noticed come out timidly or boldly… Here is a picture, a complete thought and there another and there…”
Emily Carr: Into the Forest opens on May 13th and runs until March 4th, 2018 at the Vancouver Art Gallery…
The Glenbow in Calgary is showing Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience by Kent Monkman from June 17th through to September 10th, 2017. The exhibit is Monkman’s gift to the sesquicentennial and offers a revised view of Canadian history through indigenous eyes. It should be well worth seeing.
The Glenbow in Calgary is showing Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience by Kent Monkman…
During this year of celebration it should come as no surprise that Ottawa is upping its game and a lot has been going on at the National Gallery. First, the Canadian, Indigenous and Canadian photographic galleries have been renovated and reorganized in a bid to make the viewing experience a more fluid one. The idea has been to integrate all three to provide both sides of the picture, both Indigenous and settler.
The entire shebang has been put together under the rubric of Our Masterpieces, Our Stories and will open on June 15th and will feature almost 1000 works of art. For the sesquicentennial the Canadian and Indigenous galleries will begin with art from 2,000 years ago ends with abstract painting in the 1960s. In other galleries the museum will be showcasing Canadian and Indigenous art from 1968 to the present. The Canadian Photography Institute, a division o the National Gallery will also be mounting an exhibit of Canadian photography from 1968 to the present.
Well, if you ever wanted a crash course on all the glories of Canadian art you now know where to go.
During this year of celebration it should come as no surprise that Ottawa is upping its game and a lot has been going on at the National Gallery…
Art lovers rejoice, Georgia O’Keeffe has come to Canada, or at least to Toronto. From April 23rd to July 30th 2017, the Art Gallery of Ontario is setting The world ablaze with Georgia O’Keeffe. It is the first major retrospective of this influential artist to appear in Canada. The show consists of 80 works done over six decades.
While O’Keeffe is mostly known for her florals and skulls, she worked in a variety of styles including abstraction, and painted New York skyscrapers and New Mexico landscapes. She has been recognized as the Mother of American modernism.
As for the flowers, “I hate flowers, I paint them because they’re cheaper than models and they don’t move.” Her abstract flowers are often thought of as being female genitalia but she denied this. This erotic train of thought was encouraged however by the nude and sensuous photographs that her husband Alfred Stieglitz took and exhibited of her.
In 1946 she became the first female artist to have a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. “Men put me down as the best woman artist… I think I am one of the best painters.” In 2014 her painting “Jimson Weed/White Flower No 1,” painted in 1932 was sold at auction for $44.4 million, and holds the record for the most expensive painting by a female artist sold at auction.
Art lovers rejoice, Georgia O’Keeffe has come to Canada, or at least to Toronto…
The MNBAQ in Quebec City is running Philippe Halsman: Astonish Me! from June 15th, to September 4th, 2017. It seems just the right sort of thing for a nice summer day. Halsman is the photographer who invented “jumpology” the art of taking portraits of people who are jumping into the air. “When you ask a person to jump, his attention is mostly directed to the act of jumping and the mask falls so the real person appears,” said Halsman. He also took the photograph that shows Alfred Hitchcock with a cigar dangling from his mouth and a bird perched on the end of the cigar. Halsman collaborated with Salvador Dali for more than 30 years and produced 101 Life Magazine covers.
The MNBAQ in Quebec City is running Philippe Halsman: Astonish Me! …
The museum’s flagship show this summer is another one of those pop culture wingdingers, Revolution: “You Say You Want A Revolution,” running from June 17th to October 8th 2017. The exhibition takes a look at the 1960s in all its various shapes and sounds from music, fashion film, design and activism: From swinging London to the Black Panthers and of course drugs and Woodstock.
The show consists of more than 350 items ranging from clothes, posters, albums, photographs and numerous archival documents. It comes equipped with high fidelity headphones so that museum goers can hear the different sounds of the 60s as they move from gallery to gallery. Originally created at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is using it to celebrate Expo 67.
The museum’s flagship show this summer is another one of those pop culture wingdingers…
It may be the 150th anniversary of Confederation but it also happens to be the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montreal and the 50th anniversary of Expo 67 and to celebrate it all the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has turned the one kilometre distance between the museum on Sherbrooke and McGill University into an open air museum which it has named La Balade pour La Paix , which will run for five months from June 5th to October 29th, 2017.
The art work decorating Sherbrooke St. consists of some 200 national flags, including the flags of Canada at Confederation, the provinces and the territories. As well, on display will be 29 sculptures and installations from international and Canadian artists including Joe Fafard, Fernando Botero and Alexander Calder. Some 40 large scale photographs will also be displayed en route. There will also be 67 works bearing messages of peace and humanism. The whole thing has been designed to make you feel as if you were engaged in a 1960s peace march.
Having said all this, the standout piece for me will be the 63 foot, more or less, totem pole carved by Kwakiutl artist Charles Joseph to pay homage to the Mohawks of Kanewake, on whose ancestral land the City of Montreal perches. The work’s title is Residential School Totem Pole and the work is dedicated to all the indigenous children who between 1820 and 1996 were torn from their parents, taken to schools run by religious orders and told they could never speak their native language again. It is a symbol of reconciliation and commemoration and is completely beautiful.
It may be the 150th anniversary of Confederation but it also happens to be the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montreal and the 50th anniversary of Expo 67…
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.
Text by Isabelle Gauthier
With their chromatic intensity and figurative spatial organisation, François Faucher’s paintings are permeated with soaring lyricism…
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.
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.
Having been raised in a family of artists, it was foreseeable that painting would someday be part of Lynn Garceau’s life…
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.
Text by Lisanne le Tellier
Forever seeking to excel himself as a way of life ever since his initial physical education training,…
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.
Text by Michel Bois
Ilinca Ghibu is represented by Galerie Québec Art, 40, rue Notre-Dame, Québec (Québec) / 418 692-8200 / www.galeriequebecart.com
Her paintings are like welcome breaths of fresh air, beneficial and appeasing…
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.
Text by HeleneCaroline Fournier
Jean-Pierre Neveu was born in 1948 in Saint-Basile-le-Grand (Québec). He begins drawing and painting at a very early age…
Delight in Discovery
Horses have inspired painters since the dawn of time. Their beauty, their grace, this indefinable quality that unites force and fragility, femininity and masculinity. Artist Johanne Doucet is particularly sensitive to the mythical aura these noble animals exude, and for good cause: they saved her life.
Born in Montréal in 1951, to a family of four children, Johanne Doucet has always been surrounded with animals. Although living in a city, she starts practicing horseback riding at an early age. There are artists and creators in her family who motivate her to pursue her interest in drawing. Her father, a skilled draughtsman, will turn to wood sculpture near the end of his life. Her uncle is a singer, her aunt a renowned watercolorist, and in 1920, her grandfather had built his own airplane. The whole household loves westerns and, from a very early age, Johanne dreams of owning a horse. Like her father, she exclusively draws animal subjects.
Upon entering the workforce, she leads training sessions for adults in the real estate sector. In 1998, the passing of her father engenders a period of reflection. Since he never had the opportunity to do the type of work he really would have loved, she suddenly feels a sense of urgency to align her life with her true aspirations. She leaves everything behind to start her own business and to return to the arts. Ignoring conventions, and inspired by the principles in Betty Edwards’ book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, she creates her own teaching workshop, “L’atelier Mine de rien”, where she initiates adults to the art of drawing.
Text by Isabelle Gauthier
Horses have inspired painters since the dawn of time…
Forms, Volume and Space
The text you are about to read may be short but it took some time to write. Why? Because the man I met wished to ascertain it left a pleasant impression, much as a plant would want to be photographed during its flowering period. He is the first interviewee to ever ask if he could read what I’ve written. Hence, shall I weigh every phrase, every word even! Like him, I want to make sure that this article does justice to his immense talent. I want this written page to be magical so that going through it, as through Alice’s mirror, means discovering a fabulous world on the other side.
Michel Lajeunesse‘s spiritual nourishment is provided by nature, the animals, and the forest. His father, also an artist, initiated him at a young age to drawing rather than to hockey, thus predestining him for the arts. Talent is clearly hereditary, although the son later attended the School of Fine Arts.
In his adult life, our man first engages in commercial endeavours, doing lettering, calligraphy, graphic design and illustration work to be able to feed his family. He introduces wood signs with gold leaf embellishments in Québec. A discipline for which he wins international awards, adorns magazine covers, receives media coverage including being featured on television shows. Around that time, he learns how to use gouges, studies the proprieties of wood fiber as well as a thousand and one sculpting techniques that will prove essentially relevant in future. “One cannot improvise himself as an artist. An artistic career must be forged.”
His greatest influences come from Alfons Mucha’s era, when ruled the aesthetics of lines and the elegance of rhythms and colours. It was the Art Nouveau era (1890-1914). Among his contemporaries, Lajeunesse admires Hubbell, the multidisciplinary artist who builds organic structures somewhat resembling Gaudi’s creations.
Text by Robert Lafontaine
The text you are about to read may be short but it took some time to write…
The place is located on the charming and historic Avenue Royale in Château-Richer, on the mythical Côte-de-Beaupré. The bicentennial stone building is more than welcoming. Galerie St-Aubin-Marion occupies the summer kitchen area, and the painters’ workshop overlooking the space is accessible via a millers’ staircase; all to the greatest enjoyment of visitors such as myself. I am thrilled!
This is what two artists at the peak of their artistry are proposing to the public at large, visual art aficionados and collectors. Yvon St-Aubin and Louise Marion greatly enjoy meeting people who are interested in their work. Together, these artists have been travelling across Québec, Canada and Europe. They have just settled in their new dwellings on the “Chemin du Roy”, where they opened their gallery on August 1st 2016. The realization of a dream here takes on its full dimension with respect to the creative process and with life as a whole. It’s on a piece of land, conceded to Toussaint Toupin in 1650, that artists will gather to paint from nature, while sketching and painting workshops will be held in parallel, dispensed by Yvon St-Aubin during summer and fall.
Galerie St-Aubin-Marion, 8361, Avenue Royale, Château-Richer. From 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, 7 days a week, between May 1st and October 31st of each year. For information: 514 942-2514
The place is located on the charming and historic Avenue Royale in Château-Richer, on the mythical Côte-de-Beaupré. The bicentennial stone building is more than welcoming…