Magazin'Art

Summer 2020

Quarantine magazine :

Summer 2020

 

Here is the quarantine magazine. Our summer issue, with an expressive Cosentino image on cover page: a deserted terrace with wine glasses left on a table. Carlo Cosentino, Clément Lemieux, Jean-Jacques Hudon and much more for you to discover. On your summer path of artistic discoveries, thank you for wearing a face covering in solidarity for a better and responsible future, for yourselves, gallery-owners and artists.

 

 

Michel Bois

 


 

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Here is the quarantine magazine. Our summer issue…

Visual arts

post confinement

 

The stay at home requirement has heavily affected the creative community and art galleries at a time when everyone is in dire need of comforting, of liberating images and wonderment. Medically speaking, art is powerless against Coronavirus. However, throughout the ages humanity has shown us that art has acted as balm or bandage to relieve the anxieties of tormented souls. Nonetheless, let’s stand together and mobilize our talents to help propel visual arts beyond this universal downturn. As it happens, an increasing number of gallery owners believe that collectors will henceforth connect with art digitally. Absolute nonsense… Admittedly, gallery patrons may seek information via this cold and pragmatic technology, but images on a screen will never convey the indescribably moving experience provided by the sensual presence of the artwork. Nor will it impart the emotionally charged atmosphere of a vernissage in presence of the artist. Even less will the minimalist description concocted, or worse, a tweet of maximum 140 characters. Indisputably the survival of art galleries has been compromised by this health crisis, but the pre-pandemic facts remain: the ruthless and often exorbitant rental costs, without even one sale. Is it normal to pay $6,000.00 a month for a storefront location? I certainly don’t think so.

On this day, May 4th, art galleries in Québec City, Charlevoix and other regions are back on the playing field. But, at the time of writing these lines, I am unaware of the prevailing situation in Montréal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. Still dismal, most probably! On that, I wish the very best outcome for all within the shortest delays. For artists, gallerists and collectors simply cannot exist without one another. May I also express a wish for the emergence of new open-minded talents, similarly to that crucial moment at the end of the First World War when Surrealism was born! Indeed, exasperated with realistic scenes of the sick, the dying, and of ruins, artists began dreaming of painting the world in a different light, with a desire to emotionally and intellectually inhabit a less unstable universe. Thus art reclaimed its true and legitimate destiny. What will the situation be like after quarantine? What would you like to see? An unprecedented amount of masterpieces expressing personal and soulful visions? Clearly, your Magazin’Art will be here to inform you. Glossy paper. Insightful and thorough texts. Witness to live art for over thirty-two years. With more than 700 drop points across Canada and the United States.

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Michel Bois

 


 

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The stay at home requirement has heavily affected the creative…

Great Encounter :

Carlo Cosentino – Sign of the Times

 

Carlo Cosentino seeks a sense of wonder in the mundane. A laneway, a chair, a school bus passing-by, all sparkle under his brush as a cut-out of reality sublimated by light. An outdoor terrace deserted under the threat of a virus… on our cover page: I love it!

To capture a city’s atmosphere, its pulse, an artist must perceive its multiple subtleties: the colouring of light, the shimmer of hues, and the softness of secondary lighting, without forgetting the bustle of the city. Carlo Cosentino has been on the lookout for these daily nuances for the last 40 years. Self-taught painter and sculptor, luminosity is the distinguishing feature of his body of work. His precise tracing stages realistic scenes, almost photographic in terms of perspective, the whole draped with the luminosity of varied atmospheres. The table is set!

 

 

Mostly inspired by the seasons, Carlo Cosentino seeks a sense of wonder in the mundane. A laneway, a chair, a school bus passing by, all sparkle under his brush as a cut-out of reality sublimated by light. By selecting an unusual angle, the image tells a story, which is the aim of the artist. “The observer must be able to penetrate the scene,” which is facilitated by the familiar urban scenes that he paints. During the year 2019, his preferred subjects were cityscapes, but challenges may differ overtime. “The year before, I worked on reflections, on the presence of water and its diluted aspect.” Passionate and proactive, he nourishes his passion by working constantly, seeking out scenes with narrative potential. Even our Québec winters, which at times seem endless, do not keep him inside. Thus may he be found sitting on a park bench, in a wooded area or capturing the movements of skaters behind his residence.

 


Huile sur toile de coton


Rue Sherbrooke coin St-Denis, Montréal, huile sur toile de coton, 30 × 40 po

 

Born in Montréal in 1958, the second boy of five siblings, his father, having studied Fine Arts, will influence him artistically. Cosentino recalls how fascinated he was as a youngster watching his father at work. Subjugated, fascinated, he already sensed he would have a future in the arts.

 


Huile sur toile de coton


Saveurs d’Italie, huile sur toile de coton, 30 × 24 po

 

 

Isabelle Gauthier

 


 

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To capture a city’s atmosphere, its pulse, an artist must perceive…

Contemporary Realism :

Jean-Jacques Hudon – Seeking perpetual emotions

 

Many of Jean-Jacques Hudon’s paintings perpetuate highly colourful pre-Columbian roots, and are imprinted with symbolic elements such as flowers, skulls, jewels. A Quebecer residing in Mexico, Hudon does not hesitate to juxtapose the beauty of women with death. His works are certainly out of the ordinary, of a style that is unfamiliar to Quebecers and Canadians. A must!

“I am filled with so much love waiting to express itself. Come drink at the source should you find its path.” – Marcel Jouhandeau

 


Madame Claire Guarniere, propriétaire de la Galerie Dante à Puerto Vallarta
et Jean-Jacques Hudon, artiste représenté en permanence.

 

What is striking when interviewing painter Jean-Jacques Hudon, is how his hands, his gestures, punctuate his words in an attempt to orchestrate all of his ideas in the manner of an aerial painting. Clearly, the man is highly energetic. With an intensity that engenders renewed creativity through the pursuit of innovative techniques, textures and materials. Acutely sensitive to stimulations induced by colour, he has just returned from a winter stay at his Puerto Vallarta studio, in Mexico. Needless to say, his paintings are filled with these luminous radiances synonymous of life, of joyful spontaneities and shared happy moments.

 


La vida es bella!, acrylique sur plexiglass recto/verso, 30 × 30 po


Des oiseaux dans la tête, acrylique sur toile, 40 × 36 po

 

Puerto Vallarta: fortunate cultural contamination

Mexico’s artistic and cultural effervescence radiates via the painter’s brush. Many of Jean-Jacques Hudon’s paintings perpetuate highly colourful pre-Columbian roots, but are also imprinted with symbolic elements such as flowers, skulls, jewels. Hudon does not hesitate to juxtapose the beauty of women with death. His works are certainly out of the ordinary, of a style that is quite unfamiliar to Québécois and Canadians.

 


Femme à la cravate rouge, acrylique sur plexiglass recto/verso, 30 × 30 po

 

The artist is represented

by Galerie Off

113, rue Saint-Paul à Québec

offgalerie.com

offgalerie@gmail.com

Tél. : 418 569-3316

 

And by Galerie Dante

Basilio Badillo 269, Zona Romántica

Emiliano Zapata, 48380

Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexique

galleriadante.com

 

Michel Bois

 


 

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What is striking when interviewing painter Jean-Jacques Hudon…

Delight in Discovery :

Isabelle Langevin – Free Interpretation

 

With confidence in her intuitive process, Langevin no longer feels the need to try to anticipate everything, now limiting herself to tracing but a few lines for guidance. The harmony of the painting orients her choices during creation, completely freely. Her movements do not follow any pre-set path.

 


Le chat gris, acrylique sur papier marouflé sur toile, 30 × 15 po

Born into an exceptionally artistic family, her mother a painter and her father a sculptor, Isabelle Langevin very early manifests an intense love of drawing. As she grows up, she amuses herself by reproducing a number of subjects found in her parents’ art books, thus affirming her sketching technique. Inhabited by a perpetual pursuit of beauty, she naturally envisions a professional path related to the arts, and starts studying graphic design at Cégep Ahuntsic. After a 30 year career as commercial illustrator, the artist no longer feels she can truly express herself within the bounds of order-based commercial formats. While she has meanwhile written and illustrated some children’s books, which allowed her to perfect her drawing abilities, she fears she is slowly losing her inner fire when she decides to explore different avenues. In 2012, Langevin travels to Europe where she visits the Horta Museum, an Art nouveau building located near Brussels which induces in her a highly emotional response. “Everything was so beautiful. From door knobs to staircase handrails and mosaic flooring, the whole building’s architecture and decor embrace this artistic movement based on the aesthetics of curving lines. At the Orangerie Museum, the impressionistic works of Monet and Bonnard’s Nabis were a true revelation. “I immediately loved the organic and sensual aspect of Art nouveau,” she remembers. After a period of experimentation with oil painting, the medium’s constraints brought about by the long drying periods and the smell that lingered in her private environment, soon drive her towards the use of acrylics. But initially she isn’t satisfied with the results as this medium toughens the features of her subjects by imparting an excessively smooth and fixed appearance. It is upon looking at one of her mother’s paintings hanging on her wall that the idea comes to her to rather use paper as support, its porosity being more appropriate to her mat finish vaporous style.

 

 


Un jour trop long, acrylique sur papier marouflé sur toile, 36 × 36 po


La dame au chat blanc, acrylique sur papier marouflé sur toile, 30 × 24 po

 

Isabelle Langevin’s work can be viewed on her website:

isabellelangevinpeintre.com

 

Lisanne Le Tellier

 


 

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With confidence in her intuitive process, Langevin…

On Exhibit :

Majella Poirier – Once Upon a Time an Island

 

The fluidity and transparency of watercolours totally seduced her. From this creative period, she will retain a spontaneous gesture that will later be determinant. Watercolours formed her creative training grounds, as reflected in her first exhibitions. Oil and then acrylics allowed her artistic practice to flourish. Over the years, the images subside and are replaced by semi-figurative works, for our greatest pleasure.

 

 

From an early age, she won most of the drawing competitions that were held at school. Over there, in the Magdalen Islands. Something intangible compelled her to create. It may have been the very nature of the islands. Self-taught, Majella Poirier expresses her creativity for a number of years painting figurative works in watercolours. Painter sculptor Jean Devost first introduced her to the medium she became passionate about. The fluidity and transparency of watercolours totally seduced her. From this creative period, she will retain a spontaneous gesture that will later be determinant when working with mixed techniques. Watercolours formed her creative training grounds, as reflected in her first exhibitions. Oil and then acrylics allowed her artistic practice to flourish. Over the years, the precise images that adorned her canvases subside and are replaced by semi-figurative works, bordering on abstraction. While at times she allows her hand to make ample gestures whereby all traces of figurative elements disappear, at other times she will sketch automobiles, boat masts, rocks immersed in the sea or even the outline of a distant village. “The intensity of oil paint has shaken my practice. Later, acrylics and mixed techniques opened even wider the doors of imagination where the abstract borders the figurative,” declares the true Magdalene Islands dweller. The artist cumulates a number of solo exhibitions in the eastern part of the province since the early 2000s. In 2013, Majella Poirier received the first jury prize at Art Expo 2013 in Deerfield Beach, Florida. More recently, in 2019, she was co-recipient of the St-Denys Garneau prize, along with her daughter, for Bord de mer, a compendium of texts written by her daughter and reproductions of her works. In December 2019, she exhibited a number of paintings at Gallery Tatiana Malinine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

 

 


La Nature en Folie, 48 × 60 po


L’intérieur de la galerie

 

Majell’art

987, chemin de la Grave

Havre-Aubert (Québec) G4T 9C8

majellapoirier.com

 

Marie-France Bégis

 


 

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The fluidity and transparency of watercolours totally…

Forms, Volume and Space:

Clément Lemieux – Multifaceted creations

 

Here are sculptures fashioned in happy, unusual and aesthetic shapes, with a variety of characters in bodily embraces, the limbs of one espousing the emotional dimensions of others. Lemieux appears to be saying: “It is with my body, my family and others, as well as my soul, that I understand and am showing you.” Yes, beyond sculpting abilities lies an emotional response to a frank exultation of his life.

 


Les Oiseaux De L’infini

 

A self-taught artist

In an effort to forge his creative identity and to learn the rudiments of sculpture, he somewhat unwillingly follows the guidance of a teacher who led him in a direction that was contrary to his personality. “You’re worth more than this! That teacher is leading you astray! You should abandon these courses Clément!” told him a gallery owner who visited his studio and admired his work. The gallerist purchased a good number of his sculptures, and Lemieux put an end to his academic torment. He henceforth applied himself to the creation of intuitive works standing on the edge between figuration and abstraction. “To master the techniques is one thing, but learning about various wood species, colours and varnishes (such as the urethane he used on automobile bodies in another life), requires a lot of research and personal experimentations. You can’t go forward otherwise,” declares the passionate artist. Thus, spruce, cherry and basswood, but mostly pine, are his favoured sculpting materials. Each wood species brings its own constraints and happy accidents. Clément Lemieux strives to respect the grain of the wood, which he sands and polishes indefinitely. Work is never-ending. Such is how his creative process adheres to the fundamental rudiments of creation that lead to universal timelessness.

 


Chaise d’enfant, 40 × 18 × 17 po


En marche, 57 × 16 po

 

Clément Lemieux is represented by Galerie Iris

30 Saint-Jean-Baptiste St.

Baie-Saint-Paul, QC

Tel.: 418 435-5768

And by Galerie d’art Céleste

285 Principale St.

Saint-Sauveur, QC J0R 1R0

Tel.: 450 227-0333

 

Michel Bois

 


 

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Here are sculptures fashioned in happy, unusual…

Art Workshop :

Céline Girard – A Wind of Freedom!

 

The only one of its kind in Québec, the Atelier-Galerie Céline Girard is a venue for artistic gatherings where one may admire, purchase or exhibit artworks, attend painting classes on a variety of themes, experience “artistic vacations” or even, on a monthly basis, rent a creation locale should one feel the sudden urge to paint.

 


Brasier, 24 × 18 po

 

Faithful to her true nature

The artist I have the pleasure of meeting has long been totally in love with creation. Although, as it happens, Céline Girard was rather a late starter in the artistic field. Having worked in administration for some twenty years, she experiences an inner calling to express herself through art. While she studied ceramics for a year and a half, it is during an art-therapy course on The Creative Process that the revelation comes to her: she wants to be a painter! Hence, at 45 years of age, animated with that profound desire and encouraged by her husband, she plunges. She leaves a stable, well-paying job and undertakes studies towards a Certificate in Plastic Arts. Admitted at the Université du Québec . Montréal, she obtains her Bachelor’s degree in Visual arts and Media, and starts working on a micro-master degree in Art-therapy. It is during that period of artistic development that the acorn becomes an oak tree! “I was lucky, she says, to have studied colour with one of our great artists, Dominique Sarazin,” which afforded her solid training. She also mentions her “bible”, a volume entitled The art of composition, which she re-reads and studies regularly. Constantly furthering her knowledge is also one of her passions, almost as much as creating. The artist reveals herself through abstract art, in acrylics. She has always been fascinated by the force of natural elements: the power of fire, of water, which is present in most of her paintings, vivid, fiery, almost stormy. While she uses forceful and pure colours, such as intense reds and deep blues; a subtle sense of harmony emanates from her paintings which are pleasing to the eye. “We thank you Mrs. Girard.” Without your audacity, no one would have known the magnificent artist and teacher you have become!

 


Dégel, acrylique sur toile, 36 × 48 po

 

My Canadian artistic-vacations

Located in Québec’s Eastern Townships region, so welcoming for a myriad of artists, with its charming boutiques, museums, restaurants and bistros, Magog is a beautiful, lively and inviting city. Which is the reason why our talented artist has chosen this location to establish her art gallery.

Here is how Céline Girard proposes her artistic vacations: while your life partner attends painting workshops for a week, a day, or à
la carte, you can lounge in a spa, search for hidden treasures, hike in nature or relax in a small Café with a good book. Delicious! Each one lives their own dream day and you get together in the evening sharing a good meal. The Atelier-Galerie Céline Girard offers affordable courses to a multi-level clientele. Even aspiring artists who have never held a brush will be delighted by the experience. Since each student receives individual instructions, it is possible to join a group mid-session. The Atelier-Galerie welcomes a maximum of eight students at a time, hence reservation is recommended. Attending a course or enjoying artistic vacations at Atelier- Galerie Céline Girard, certainly means treating oneself with a great gift, but it can also mark the start of a great adventure!

 


Céline Girard with her students

 

Atelier-Galerie Céline Girard is located

at 241, Principale Ouest, Magog, QC

To reach the venue, take the small lane

on the right side of the hotel.

Info and reservation: 450 845-6089

atelier.ecole@celinegirard.com
celinegirad.com

 

Anny Brassard

 


 

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