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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…

Normand Hudon

Scathing Visual Satires

On Exhibit

A man of diverse talents, Normand Hudon initially made his mark with a large segment of the public by ingeniously taking visual gibes at society, notably through cartoons published in a multitude of weeklies, periodicals and dailies such as Le Devoir and La Presse. Alongside these activities, having studied the arts in Montreal and Paris, Hudon also paints. From as early as 1947, his works are regularly exhibited in Quebec, Canada and France. He is also commissioned to create four ceiling panels for the Energy Pavilion at Expo 67. He later publishes a humoristic monthly magazine and founds the Normand-Hudon Academy which provides correspondence courses in drawing techniques.

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 Text by Lisanne LeTellier

A man of diverse talents, Normand Hudon initially made his mark with a large segment of the public by ingeniously…

Richard Savoie

Studio visite

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.

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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…