“In a painting I look for truth, sentiment and solace.” – Marc Grandbois
From the first handshake I am seduced by the authenticity of the painter. In person, he exudes the aloofness and laughing manner of the greats. The attitude of those in the know, who paint to transmit their knowledge with a blend of sensitivity and sensuality they spread all over the canvas with confident gestures, unbridled, without any constraints.
The obvious force that emanates from the artist’s works attests of his passion for painting. Fulfilled, happy, passionate and confident, the man is imbued with beneficent humility.
For Marc Grandbois, as for all the great painters, painting is everything but reasoned, it is something felt, imperceptibly, a game of the mind, a combination of timid and bold gestures. But for Grandbois, the feeling is intense; should he find inspiration in a woodsy location, he must immediately satisfy his desire to express himself on canvas.Abonnez-vous au contenu de notre site internet pour lire ce texte. Subscribe to our Website content to read more
Text by Michel Bois
Marc Grandbois is represented by galerie Douce Passion, 42A, Notre-Dame Street, Québec Qc. 418 648-9292
His works can also be found in Alberta at the Stephen Lowe Gallery, Calgary. His works are also part of public and private collections in Canada and abroad.
From the first handshake I am seduced by the authenticity of the painter…
Delight in Discovery
Belgo Canadian artist Édith Liétar has been living in Québec since 1966. Having graduated in facial art, colour analysis and in fashion styling and design, she has long owned a fashion boutique and worked as a style and colour consultant analyst as well as fashion stylist for various magazines.
Art has always been part of her life. From childhood, nothing hinders her creative freedom. She later creates clothing she highlights with hand painted motifs. After attending a number of development and refinement workshops, she pursues a self-taught painting career. A path that soon leads her to exhibit her work, as early as 2006, in numerous countries such as France, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Romania, Italy and the United States, etc. She is present on the international scene from the very start of her career as a professional artist. Her works are purchased by art lovers as far as in the Middle-East and are today part of a great number of public and private collections.Abonnez-vous au contenu de notre site internet pour lire ce texte. Subscribe to our Website content to read more
Text by HeleneCaroline Fournier
Belgo Canadian artist Édith Liétar has been living in Québec since 1966…
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…
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…