Magazin'Art

acrylic painting

Nancy Galianos

High Spirits and Vivid Emotions

Contemporary Realism

Every morning, Nancy Galianos starts her day by going up to her vast studio atop her home, never knowing what awaits her. Nothing is planned. The first thing she needs to do is start searching for a subject that will be willing to take shape in her eyes on that day.

The energy generated by the music she almost ritually turns-on in the room first leads her to reflect and reminisce, as it brings forth various emotional memories. At the whim of the happy or sad feelings she experiences, Nancy Galianos grabs a brush, a roller or a spatula and embarks on a new venture the issue of which remains uncertain almost until the very end. Whether there be rain, snow, intense sunshine, heath or cold, her total environment influences and guides her creative gestures.

Summer joy, acrylic, 18 x 14 in

Summer joy, acrylic, 18 x 14 in

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Text by Lisanne Le Tellier

Every morning, Nancy Galianos starts…

Stéphane Gagnon

Absolute Talent

Painting a Country

“To all those who question you on the practice of art… tell them that it’s not only a matter of skill, that something more is needed, a certain something that cannot be taught…  finesse… charm, something that is inherent to the artist.” – Renoir

It’s been more than ten years since your Magazin’Art has mused over painter Stéphane Gagnon’s notable creation. Hence, what a pleasure it is to have another opportunity of sharing with you the full dimension of this artist’s incredible talent! Since our previous encounter years ago on Île d’Orléans, the man now facing me has greatly matured. His eye hasn’t lost any of its sparkle and acuity. Much as a great wine vintage, his art, his palette and his impressionistic vision have improved with time. Confident in his knowledge and expertise, the painter minimizes his merit and readily adopts a modest attitude during our interview. The greater the man, the greater de courtesy, says the dictum, of which Stéphane Gagnon is living proof. In the realm of visual arts, he is gifted with high sensitivity and tremendous ability. He is able to hear the roar of waterfalls, the trickling of brooks or the calls of birds, as he paints on full moon nights. This is the occupation he has chosen. He loves challenges and each painting is a battle he must fight till it reaches a happy conclusion, as a guiltless need that must be fulfilled.

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Text by Michel Bois

Stéphane Gagnon is represented by Galerie Douce Passion, 42A, rue Notre-Dame, Québec, Qc /418 648-9292 / www.galeriedoucepassion.com

To all those who question you on the practice of art…

Passion Red

Lynn Garceau

On Exhibit

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.  Abonnez-vous au contenu de notre site internet pour lire ce texte. Subscribe to our Website content to read more


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…

Aventure, acrylic and mixed media, 60 x 40 in

Colourful Aerobatics

Marc Samson

Artist Profile

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.  Abonnez-vous au contenu de notre site internet pour lire ce texte. Subscribe to our Website content to read more


Text by Lisanne le Tellier

Marc Samson’s works can be viewed on his website at www.marcsamsonartist.com/about/ or on his Facebook page.

Forever seeking to excel himself as a way of life ever since his initial physical education training,…

Envier, 20 x 20 in, 2015

Redolent Paintings

Ilinca Ghibu

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.  Abonnez-vous au contenu de notre site internet pour lire ce texte. Subscribe to our Website content to read more


Text by Michel Bois

Ilinca Ghibu is represented by Galerie Québec Art, 40, rue Notre-Dame, Québec (Québec) / 418 692-8200www.galeriequebecart.com

Her paintings are like welcome breaths of fresh air, beneficial and appeasing…