Most people believe canes and sticks have but one function, that of a walking aid, but there is much more to it than that.
“In the millennial history of mankind, there isn’t an era when the stick hasn’t played a role, sometimes as a working tool, sometimes as a symbol of power or social status, sometimes as a bizarre and ingenious transformable object, more often as a walking aid.” 1
Text by Michelle and Robert Picard
Most people believe canes and sticks have but one function, that of a walking aid, but there is much more to it than that…
Ensconced in his lakefront studio in the Appalachian mountains of Quebec, the region where he was born, François Faucher took advantage of the summer months to perfect his new artistic approach.
After fifteen years on a creative path that generated the vibrationist movement, its instigator unveils his most recent foray into abstraction with works that undoubtedly still bear his distinctive signature.
Texte de Dominic Villeneuve
Ensconced in his lakefront studio in the Appalachian mountains of Quebec, the region where he was born, François Faucher took advantage…
Delight in discovery
A man of few words, Michel Mecteau nevertheless speaks volume through his brushes as he reveals a universe essentially composed of brilliant colours and graceful arabesques.
Facing the canvas, the artist’s creative verve is almost boundless, nurtured by an eye that constantly views all that surrounds him in terms of subjects and values. Definitely figurative, his landscapes nonetheless radiate an atmosphere of enchantment rendered in a vibrant palette that goes beyond reality and generous compositions where omnipresent curves lead the eye into graceful waltz. Typical Quebec heritage houses thread along winding roads, forming a lengthy coloured necklace, bordered by imposing mountains with rugged hillsides.
Text by Lisanne Le Tellier
A man of few words, Michel Mecteau nevertheless speaks volume through his brushes as he reveals a universe essentially composed of brilliant colours and graceful arabesques…
After twenty years at his craft, highly regarded pastellist Richard Savoie felt a need to realign his artistic direction, which prompted him to abandon the use of a medium that had garnered him enviable success.
Born in Moncton in 1959 and raised in an artistic environment – works of his uncle Roméo Savoie hang in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada – he studied with Gabrielle Messier, assistant to Ozias Leduc, and Yolande Lefebvre, thus supplementing his innate talent with masterful technical skills that ensured his renown. Then one day he suddenly feels the urge to move on to something else. He abandons pastels and turns to oil painting, which means he has to learn a whole new technique, from the use a brush to harmonizing colours and, most importantly, rendering light.
Text by Catherine Guex
After twenty years at his craft, highly regarded pastellist Richard Savoie felt a need to realign his artistic direction, which prompted him to abandon the use of a medium…
Forms, volume and space
“Light can be diffused, fleeting, changing, capricious even. It knows all the tricks. Th us is it difficult to be satisfied with one’s work, however beautiful it may be!” – Rosal de Sainte-Croix, master glazer.
In all forms of advertising, from the simple poster to giant billboards, in cinema and television, on t-shirts and shopping bags, women are most often then not depicted in superficial, toxic and even pernicious fashion in our society. This being said, how refreshing it is to meet a woman, a talented artist, who embraces her freedom of action and innate sensibility and presents us with sculpted creations featuring the feminine body in an effort to shed some light on the notion of objective beauty! Artist Jacinthe Lagueux is passionate about thermoformed glass sculpture and has exhibited her works on numerous occasions in the past. Hence are we able to testify to the evolution of this brilliant artist, in full command of her craft, who diffuses her radiant sensitivity through sparkling luminous works.
Text by Michel Bois
In all forms of advertising, from the simple poster to giant billboards, in cinema and television, on t-shirts and shopping bags, women are most often then not depicted…
“Art has for object to infuse sentiments in us rather than express them.” – Henri Bergson
For a great many art historians and critics, inventiveness in painting is a thing of the past since they believe everything has already been done and said, and this, as much in regards to theory and technique as to mediums used and themes developed. Hence, it is the contention of many artists emerging from the academic world that creative painting must necessarily go through the computer mill to ensure some sort of definition of innovation aiming at durability. Th is being said, it is a fact that the art of painting has for many years been subjected to a turmoil of opinions. But wouldn’t true audacity rather consist of letting discussions abate and allowing the mind to impress the human hand movement with the leisurely distillation of emotion and spirituality? Obviously, aspiring to suspend time in its tracks is a concept artist Sean Rudman has totally grasped and mastered.
Text by Michel Bois
For a great many art historians and critics, inventiveness in painting is a thing of the past since they believe everything has already been done…
Painting a country
Doug Purdon likes to paint the sea and landscapes but when it comes right down to it he prefers to paint the sea, partly because of its propensity for atmospherics.
He does the occasional urban landscape and enjoys doing it, but really he prefers the sea, the sky and usually a boat or two or some figures. “I love the water, I love the sea, I love the sky! There is so much colour you can get into them and I love the movement,” says Purdon who usually paints 20-22 paintings a year. “The maritime coasts of Canada, Britain and Scotland are some of my favorite painting places.”
Text by Noel Meyer
Doug Purdon likes to paint the sea and landscapes but when it comes right down to it he prefers….
Running through until november 4, 2013, at the Art Gallery of Alberta is, Water Into Art: British Watercolours from the V&A, 1750-1950 . The English have always had a special relationship with watercolours and at some points, painting in watercolours was almost a national obsession.
The exhibition consists of 100 works ranging from small sketches to fully executed works and includes all the major British painters from 1750 to 1950. Amongst all the others, are works by William Blake, J.M.W. Turner and William Henry Hunt.
Running through until november 4, 2013, at the Art Gallery of Alberta is, Water Into Art: British Watercolours…
Art in a feminine perspective
To feel simultaneously sucked-in and blown-away while contemplating a work of art is undoubtedly an uncommon analogy. The breathtaking atmospheric works of Annabelle Marquis could certainly be qualified as ethereal but the sensory perception they induce is so complete, it doesn’t require further explanation.
In brilliant displays of colours and contrasts, her paintings harmoniously generate opposite qualifiers: airy while sombre and colourful, soft and forceful, tranquil and agitated. Far from being concerned with these antinomies, the artist gives free reign to her inspiration and readily follows the fl ow of her creative gesture. “I start each work by setting the composition. Once all elements are in place, the painting slowly reveals itself.”
Text by Isabelle Gauthier
To feel simultaneously sucked-in and blown-away while contemplating a work of art is undoubtedly….
Quebec City is a beautiful place, especially during the autumn. I’ve often thought that parts of Old Quebec look exactly like what most people think Paris looks like. Now if that isn’t enough to persuade you to visit one of the oldest cities in North America then this should.
From October 10, 2013 until February 16, 2014 , the Musee National des Beaux Arts du Quebec will be presenting The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism.
The exhibition is made up of 62 French Impressionist and post-Impressionist, paintings sculptures and graphic works from the collection of Paley, who along with having a fine eye for art also founded the CBS television network.
Artists featured in the exhibition include Cezanne, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre Bonnard, Georges Roualt and Andre Derain. Paley described the way he felt when looking at his collection as, “voluptuous aesthetic delight.”
Quebec City is a beautiful place, especially during the autumn. I’ve often thought that parts of Old Quebec…
Candice Breitz: Him + Her at the National Gallery from September 12, through to September 30, 2013. Normally I would say that this show isn’t on long enough to suit our printing schedule but it sounds interesting enough that it deserves some mention somewhere. This piece of installation art takes place on 14 monitors in 2 darkened rooms and consists of clips split between the acting work of Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson. The work explores the world of angst and stereotypical gender characteristics.
Candice Breitz: Him + Her at the National Gallery from September 12, through to September 30, 2013….
I don’t know whether to take this seriously or not because it falls into what I call the questionable category of sociology as art, but the Art Gallery of Ontario is mounting the touring exhibition David Bowie is, from September 25, through to November 27, 2013.
The show which consists of more than 300 items is on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London where it enjoyed a record breaking run. The items on exhibit include 50 stage costumes, lyrics, music videos, short films and album art among other objects. The New York Times described the show as, “united in sound and vision in a way that is rarely seen in a museum.”
It also includes clips from movies in which Bowie has acted. Bowie started out as an art student before he became a rock star and was in the business of constantly reinventing himself. Along the way he experimented with Surrealism, German Expressionism, Music Hall, mime and Japanese Kabuki performance.
It promises to be a full blown multimedia experience. If you are still in doubt as to who Bowie is think of Canada’s most famous astronaut Chris Hadfield when he sang, “Ground control to Major Tom,” that was Space Oddity, a David Bowie song which still receives regular airplay.
For those of you who aren’t really interested in shape-shifting rock stars, the AGO is also presenting The Great Upheaval: Modern Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, from November 30, 2013 to March 2, 2014.
This exhibition focuses on the incredible amount of creativity that flowered in Europe during the years leading up to and through to the end of the First World War. This was the time in which Expressionism, Futurism, Dada and Cubism took hold and flourished and paved the way for that even greater upheaval, Abstraction. The exhibition includes work by Brancusi, Cezanne, Chagall, Duchamp, Kandinsky, Leger, Matisse, Modigliani, Mondrian and Picasso.
I don’t know whether to take this seriously or not because it falls into what I call the questionable category of…
This past August the first totem pole in over a century was raised by the Haida. The pole was raised to celebrate the 20th anniversary of a pact between the Government of Canada and the Haida protecting Haida Gwaii. The pole was carved by Jaalen Edenshaw. Although I don’t know for sure, Jaalen Edenshaw is probably related in some way to Charles Edenshaw, a famous Haida artist who lived from 1839 to 1920.
Coincidentally or not, the Vancouver Art Gallery will be mounting an exhibition, Charles Edenshaw from October 26, 2013 to February 2, 2014. Strangely enough for an artist so renowned, this is the first major survey of his work and features examples of the full scope of work he produced which could range from miniature totem poles to platters to bracelets and jewelry.
The exhibition has more than 200 pieces and is divided into five sections which demonstrate Edenshaw’s progression as a masterly artist. It starts by showing how well Edenshaw could work within the traditional school of Haida art and ends by showing how he came to incorporate modern influences and non-traditional iconography such as elephants and snakes.
If you like Haida art then this is a must see exhibition. Many of the pieces come from private collections and the odds of them being reassembled are probably dim.
This past August the first totem pole in over a century was raised by the Haida. The pole was raised to…