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Marie-Claude Courteau

The Essentiality of Light

Art in a Feminine Perspective

Once Marie-Claude Courteau gets an idea in her head, she feels a compelling need to paint, an uncontrollable urge to immediately start working to elaborate her vision and find a way to make it burst with light.

“There is no colour without light. Light is what changes everything!”, she exclaims. This constant preoccupation with luminosity frames her whole artistic process. It is the motor that drives her movements in her effort to magnify the sublime beauty of nature she loves so much. Her great wish is to be able to not only feature but emphasize the abundant richness of nature, far more valuable in her eyes than any material property. “Nothing is as genuine as nature,” says the artist. A visit to Paris in 1983, notably to Monet’s gardens in Giverny, forever changes her approach to art. She begins working with a brighter palette, crea- ting areas of colour in a less polished style, thus leaving more room to the imagination. Her study sessions with Chui Wang also help transform how she looks at things, hence perceiving subtler colours guiding her towards more nuanced tonalities.

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Text by Lisanne LeTellier

Once Marie-Claude Courteau gets an idea in her head, she feels a compelling need to paint, an uncontrollable urge to immediately start working to elaborate her vision…

Hélène Caron

Allegorical Bestiary

Artist Profile

The field of dog training having long been a part of Hélène Caron’s life, it is with great sadness that she resigned herself to abandon the idea of sharing her life with an animal companion, due to allergies suffered by those close to her.

Deprived of the pleasure of interacting with either a cat or a dog, she directed her need towards the visual representation of animals, mostly of those that would not remind her of what she was missing. “It’s been a painful grieving process, since connecting with animals is essential to me. I had to find another way of having them around me.”

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Text by Lisanne Le Tellier

Hélène Caron is represented by the 3 Beauchamp galleries of Quebec City, Baie-St-Paul and Toronto, as well as by galerie Luxart in Old Montreal

The field of dog training having long been a part of Hélène Caron’s life, it is with great sadness that she resigned herself to abandon…