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Claude Picher (1927-1998)

Like a Rough Diamond from the Depths

Great Encounter

” I see the practice of art as a veritable incarnation of life, an excess, a folly, an infinity, a freedom, something organic that can take us much further than all sorts of travels .” Clémentine Célarié

An artist of such stature as Claude Picher cannot be invented. The painter’s successful career began while he was still in his teens. Appreciated by collectors across Canada as much as Jean Paul Lemieux, he quickly gained national notoriety. Voluntary, spontaneous and impulsive in character, he was also known for his political involvement and his acerbic critics towards the established systems that framed the field of visual arts. A look back at an artistic giant that has today almost been forgotten, but is still extremely topical!

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Text by Michel Bois

Claude Picher is represented by:

Galerie Douce Passion, 42 Notre-Dame St., in Québec

Galerie Perreault, 205 Saint-Paul St., in Québec

The writing team thanks these two galleries for the images provided

to illustrate this article.

 

 

An artist of such stature as Claude Picher cannot be invented. The painter’s successful career began while he was still in his teens. Appreciated by collectors across Canada as much as…

Juan Cristobal Pinochet Araya

There is Still So Much To Do!

On Exhibit

“I became an artist without being aware of it,” Juan Cristobal Pinochet Araya says. Art was such a great part of his life in Québec City. He arrived there from Chile at an early age. His mother was a painter and he got interested in art because he saw her working in her studio and he learned to stay quiet just watching her work because he was so fascinated. Having his mother’s studio at home and seeing her paint there, the brushes in jars and the tables and drawers full of tubes, was just so natural. Even as a youngster he was careful not to touch things because they could be covered in fresh paint. The result is that today, many years later, during his demonstrations, he could be wearing a white shirt and a good jacket and stay pristine.

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Text by Valerie Kent

Juan Cristobal Pinochet Araya is represented by :

Galerie Q

1521 County Road 10, Cavan, Ontario, L0A 1C0

Tél. : (705) 944-8888

www.galerie-q.com

“I became an artist without being aware of it,” Juan Cristobal Pinochet Araya says. Art was such a great part of his life in Québec City. He arrived there from Chile at an early age. His mother was a painter and…

Louise Léveillé

Learning to See Beyond

Art in a Feminine Perspective

Louise Léveillé’s deep connection with nature undoubtedly serves as portal to a dimension that allows her to experience a sense of bliss, her whole being in total communion, profoundly at peace. Having long contended that the world extends far beyond our perception, the artist is able to embrace its full magnitude and attain a state of grace that gives her access to a spiritual plane far removed from her purely physical environment.

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Text by Lisanne LeTellier

Louise Léveillé’s deep connection with nature undoubtedly serves as portal to a dimension that allows her to experience a sense of bliss, her whole being in total…

Goran Hamsic

I Paint Because I Am not a Painter

Artist from Elsewhere

” Painting is the tip of the iceberg that inhabits me. “ Dali

At time of writing, Paris is besieged by deadly attacks. Bombs explode. Drive-by shootings are aimed at patrons of an outdoor café. Then, rounds of bullets are shot at an entire audience held hostage in a performance hall. Hundreds are dead. This, while no-one understands why. Goran Hamsic has known war. Every day, the pain of three bullets shot into his body is a constant reminder of the incomprehension and of the urgency of living the present moment. The man claims to have lost all illusions as to the meaning of life. He has seen people die all around him. Massacres. He says he’s not afraid to die. His only real outlet is painting. A time to feel alive again. Encounter with a man that has emerged from the depths of night.

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Text by Michel Bois

The artist is represented by Galerie Douce Passion, 42 Notre Dame Street,
Québec.

At time of writing, Paris is besieged by deadly attacks. Bombs explode. Drive-by shootings are aimed at patrons of an outdoor café. Then, rounds of bullets are shot at an entire audience…

Ginet Leblond

The Music Within her Paintings

Artist Profile

What is the magic quality that some artists have, that distinguishes their art work? What makes their paintings unique and recognizable?

Ginet Leblond’s work is suffused by a warm glow, joyous as at twilight. It can also be cold and solemn when the cold light creeps into the bones and the hot meal of the day is cooked over an open flame. Her paintings, with their historical and compelling subject matter, take on a life and lifetime of their own.

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Text by Valerie Kent

Ginet Leblond is represented by:

Galerie Q

1521 County Road 10, Cavan, Ontario, L0A 1C0

Phone: (705) 944-8888

www.galerie-q.com

What is the magic quality that some artists have, that distinguishes their art work? What makes their paintings unique and recognizable?
Ginet Leblond’s work is suffused by a warm glow…

Yvon Lemieux

My Art and Journey

Painting a Country

Yvon Lemieux was born in the small parish of St. Pascal in Québec. He began painting at the age of 16; it has now been 50 years. Where does time go when you are having fun? Yvon started his artistic journey doing pencil drawings of the people he observed in the town square. He feels very lucky to have had a teacher in the eighth grade who was an artist and had displayed his paintings on the classroom walls. Yvon was soon trying to replicate what he saw; he began to play with colours, forms and shapes on canvas. Keen observation, drawing, composition and colour harmonies were the most difficult elements for him to learn.

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Text by Valerie Kent

Yvon Lemieux is represented by:

Galerie Q

1521 County Road 10, Cavan, Ontario, L0A 1C0

Phone: (705) 944-8888

www.galerie-q.com

 

 

Yvon Lemieux was born in the small parish of St. Pascal in Québec. He began painting at the age of 16; it has now been 50 years. Where does time go when you are having fun? Yvon started his…

Nathalie Voisine

The Mystery and the Emotion

Thumbnail Sketches

“I firmly believe that art is a beautiful way to express my emotions, my moods. What motivates me is to find myself in my studio, in my own space, where I am with my brushes, my paints, my painting and I am able to challenge myself.”

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Text by Valerie Kent

Nathalie Voisine is represented by:

Galerie Q

1521 County Road 10, Cavan, Ontario, L0A 1C0

Phone: (705) 944-8888

www.galerie-q.com

 

I firmly believe that art is a beautiful way to express my emotions, my moods. What motivates me is to find myself in my studio, in my own space, where I am…

Hélène Laplante

A Natural Presence

Forms, Volume and Space

Artist Hélène Laplante’s animal sculptures are not mere portrayals of their flesh and hair counterparts. Made of white resin with vaporous outlines, they evoke their furtive, almost ghostly presence in wild surroundings that are their natural habitats. The multidisciplinary artist thus seeks to give expression to the animal spirit, through the use of inert material.

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Text by Isabelle Gauthier

Artist Hélène Laplante’s animal sculptures are not mere portrayals of their flesh and hair counterparts. Made of white resin with vaporous outlines, they evoke their furtive…

Galerie Q

Art is Transformative

Portrait

Galerie Q is located at the four corners of Cavan, Ontario. It offers a unique collection of traditional and contemporary works of art displaying a range of stylistic expressions. Since Galerie Q opened in Cavan, it has represented talented and sought after artists from across Canada, and in particular, artists well known and loved in their home Province of Québec. These artists paint en plein air, and some research and paint historical vignettes of life and culture in Québec while others explore the diverse world of modern painting.

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Text by Valerie Kent

Galerie Q’s full collection can be viewed online at www.galerie-q.com.

Galerie Q

1521 County Road 10, Cavan, Ontario, L0A 1C0

Phone: (705) 944-8888

 

Galerie Q is located at the four corners of Cavan, Ontario. It offers a unique collection of traditional and contemporary works of art displaying a range of stylistic expressions…

Valerie Kent

Her Art is Her Silk Road to Everywhere

Contemporary realism

“Painting is my vocation and my avocation. It is a love of my life. It has never really been work to me. It is my most sincere pleasure and challenge, a series of puzzles to solve. I believe that there are no Painting Police and I can experiment, improvise and create and, no matter the result, it is the process that really counts, so I am always and forever, very, very fine. I also believe there are no bad paintings: they are just not yet finished.” – Valerie Kent

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Painting is my vocation and my avocation. It is a love of my life. It has never really been work to me. It is my most sincere…

Cantin

Memory Overlay

On the Web features inspiring artists who use social media and various sharing platforms for the purpose of promoting their art on the Internet.

Born in Jonquière, Québec, Patrice Cantin obtains his BA in Visual and Media Arts from Université du Québec à Montréal in 2002. As part of his studies, the artist explores an inter-disciplinary approach to painting, often integrating music and performance aspects. This academic research laid out the premises of his present corpus.

The artist’s desire to paint is initiated by the recollection of a composition and a colour. These abstractions carry a load of ideas, of concepts accumulated overtime and stored throughout the channels of his creative memory. “I don’t take notes. Shapes, atmospheres, colours, contrasts are all stacked-up in my mind.” The artist starts painting without any definite plan of execution, rather relying on instinct. The narrative materializes as he works, and, from these spontaneous movements, from these medium overlays, from this distinctive gestural technique, a ‘Cantin’ comes to life.

Oily Selfie

Oily Selfie

Tell us about your choice of medium?

C.: I am presently working with oil and oil sticks. I rarely use any tools other than my hands and the painting knife.

How would you describe your work in a 140 characters tweet, hashtags included?

C.: #Cantin artist painter #abstract portraits, semi-figurative work featuring light and plays on shadows and spots.

How important is it for an artist to have a website and be present on social media?

C.: A presence online is today extremely important, essential even. My website is my business card! To all those people I don’t have the opportunity to meet or that do not visit my studio, a personal website is a good way to show my work. Social media allow me to share my work and promote it to those people who are outside our usual circles of friends.

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Have you called on professional help for your website’s design and programming?

C.: I myself am webmaster and programmer. It’s what I do to make ends meet. I conceive and design my own things as I wish!

What would you recommend for artists who still do not have a website and whose budget is rather limited?

C.: A good number of platforms exist today that allow one to set-up a website without requiring any particular knowledge. However, one must put-in the time needed. Taking good photographs is essential.

At what frequency do you update your website?

C.: Every time I have a new painting, I update my website.

How much time, on a professional basis, are you investing in social media?

C.: Hum… I may appear addicted, but I spend a great deal of time in front of my monitor promoting my paintings. It’s constantly ongoing. If I added-up the moments spent in one day, I would say it totalled between 3 and 5 hours.

Neon Boss

Neon Boss

What impact has social media had on your career?

C.: I sell 90% of my work on the web. 75% on Facebook. It’s a powerful platform for one who knows how to use it effectively.

If you could recommend one inspirational website to other artists, which one would it be?

C.: For inspiration, I sometimes visit Etsy.com. A good number of creators frequent the site and it’s a nice window where you can refresh the creative side of your brain whenever it fails you.

What are your forthcoming projects for the next 6 months or more? Any exhibitions, artist residency, or training sessions planned?

C.: I am presently working on large size triptychs that will be both streamlined and tumultuous. I will be exhibiting my work in Toronto in September during the Toronto Outdoor Art event. In 2016, I will be present at Galerie Carte Blanche with a solo exhibition.


 Text by Isabelle Gagné

The following links will allow you to follow Cantin on the Web and stay connected with the artist:

Official Website: galeriecantin.com

Facebook: facebook.com/galeriecantin

Twitter: twitter.com/lecantin

Instagram: instagram.com/lecantin/

YouTube: youtube.com/user/lecantin/

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Luc Archambault

The bearer

Great Encounter

“The role of the artist is essentially to channel humanity’s narrative!” Cocteau

It’s an extremely warm July Friday. The sun is at its zenith way across the field. Haystacks are gathered near the studio-home located a short distance from the village, away from the road and from time itself. Monet, the painter of light, would be delighted.

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Text by Michel Bois

 

It’s an extremely warm July Friday. The sun is at its zenith way across the field. Haystacks are gathered near the studio-home located a short…

Métallurgisme artistique,

A New Artistic Movement

On Exhibit

Maurice Louis is a self-taught Canadian artist of French origin who exercises his freedom and affirms his originality. Distancing himself from the rigors of academism, he disregards any form of convention and follows no set rule to attain his desired result.

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 Text by Hélène Caroline Fournier

 www.mauricelouis.com

 

Maurice Louis is a self-taught Canadian artist of French origin who exercises his freedom and affirms his originality. Distancing himself from the rigors…

Élène Gamache

A Consummate Artist

Art in a Feminine Perspective

“The scent of flowers like the fragrant notes of a work of art created in joy, are filled with stratagems. If you neglect your flowers or your artworks, know that they will still spill their secrets to the wind.”Louise de Vilmorin

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 Text by Michel Bois

Élène Gamache is represented by: Galerie Jean-Pierre Valentin, Montréal, Québec; L’Harmatan, Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec; West-End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta; Roberts Gallery, Toronto, Ontario; Galerie Saint-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, Ontario

Élène Gamache est représentée par : Galerie Jean-Pierre Valentin, Montréal, Québec ; L’Harmatan, Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec ; West-End Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta ; Roberts Gallery, Toronto, Ontario ; Galerie Saint-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, Ontario

 

Artist Élène Gamache is an example of sensitivity and perseverance. From the art of monumental tapestry to the art of painting, her creativity rests…

Yvon St-Aubin

A Gallery of Electric Pigments

Painting a Country

Thirty years ago, candy pink or purple trees where hardly ever seen in paintings, as elements of composition rather aimed at depicting reality without too much whim or fancy. If landscape artists’ pictorial propositions ablaze with colours are today less rare, the fact remains that Yvon St-Aubin was one of the first to dare use strong colour values to illustrate our countryside in his own particular way, thus incorporating a breath of modernism into a niche essentially linked to tradition.

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 Text by Lisanne LeTellier

Yvon St-Aubin is represented by the Beauchamp Galleries in Québec and in Baie-St-Paul, as well as by Galerie Céleste in St-Sauveur, Galerie O en arts in St-Hyacinthe, the Chase Art Gallery in Beaconsfield and Galerie du Coin in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield.

Thirty years ago, candy pink or purple trees where hardly ever seen in paintings, as elements of composition rather aimed at depicting…

Carpe Diem

Nicole Taillon’s Mantra

Forms, Volume and Space

Time – a precious resource if ever there was one! It slips through the fingers of some while others have too much of it on their hands. And yet, we all share a fleeting existence in this world where technology is meant to save us time while, paradoxically, Man has never lacked so much of it, has never seemed so out-of-breath, so hurried.

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 Text by Dominic Villeneuve

In Québec, Nicole Taillon is represented by Galerie Richelieu (Saint Denis Street, Montréal), by Galerie Jeannine-Blais (North Hatley) and by Galerie Carpe Diem (Magog).

 

Time – a precious resource if ever there was one! It slips through the fingers of some while others have too much of it on their hands. And yet…

Diane Coudé

The Rendezvous

Delight in Discovery

Immersing oneself into Diane Coudé’s paintings is like strolling along a quiet pathway, away from the crowd. Her intimate interiors, bathed in diffuse enveloping light, are alcoves of calm and tranquility, conducive to contemplation. One can almost hear the clock’s ticking and the cat’s purr.

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Texte by Isabelle Gauthier

Immersing oneself into Diane Coudé’s paintings is like strolling along a quiet pathway, away from the crowd. Her intimate interiors, bathed in…

Le Balcon d’art

30 years old

Portrait

A Great Success Story

An art gallery, a family history, a passionate enterprise! Le Balcon d’art celebrates its 30th anniversary with pride, and rightly so: not everyone can sustain the delicate equation of sensitivity, good business sense and knowledge of the arts.

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 Texte by Isabelle Gauthier

 

An art gallery, a family history, a passionate enterprise! Le Balcon d’art celebrates its 30th anniversary with pride, and rightly so…

Clémence DesRochers

Live Your Life, No More No Less

Great Encounter

“Art should be a part of life and life a part of art.”Marie D’Agoult, 1849.

Much tenderness, plenty of love, a great deal of generosity and truthfulness! Through humour or song, when writing or drawing, Clémence DesRochers always remains true to herself. She never engages in self-censorship of her personality and talent.

As it happens, on April 23, 2015, Madame DesRochers’ drawings entered the Museum through the front door. The artist’s lesser known works are, in fact, part of a group of objects donated to the museum by collector René Jacob, a long time friend with whom she has collaborated for quite some time, creating images to the written words of the poet, author and editor, also pharmacist. They have been entertaining this prolific friendship, in all liberty, for the past 15 years. He wrote! She drew! Based on René Jacob’s own family pictures, the collection in a way paints a portrait of Québec society during an era that has become our heritage.

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Text by Michel Bois 

To purchase drawings, contact Louise Collette or Clémence via the website clemencedesrochers.ca. All monies from the sale of works benefit the Les Impatients non-profit organization.

Much tenderness, plenty of love, a great deal of generosity and truthfulness! Through humour or song, when writing or drawing…

Rosa Serra

and Xavier Carbonell

Forms, Volume and Space

THUIR (Catalonia, France), Winter 2011

The tramontana, that gale force wind from the Pyrénées, is fiercely blowing on the old town. In a corner of the city square, I am waiting for my husband, somewhat protected from the wind behind a bronze sculpture that is round, warm and maternal, next to a palm tree.

A little further on this same grassed area, next to an olive tree; a second bronze sculpture faces the first, powerful and imposing, representing Saint George overcoming the Dragon. Sant Jordi, the illustrious patron saint of Catalonia from South to North. I look for a signature to no avail, finding only initials. After investigation, I finally learn the name of the creator of these two superb bronze sculptures: Rosa Serra. As days go by, the intensity of the moment I experienced between these two sculptures fades away.

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Text by Christiane Frenay

BIBLIOGRAPHY (Besides numerous articles in the press and magazines)

“Rosa Serra, Una visió monumental” (Art book, 238 pages) Author: Antoni Garrido, author, editor, art critique and founder of the “Fundació de la Premsa Comarcal de Catalunya”. Editor: Edicions el Bassegoda, Olot, 2008.

“Rosa Serra” (Art book, 238 pages) Introduction: Arcadi Calzada, editor. Texts: Josep Valls, philologist, author, art critique. Editor: Galeria d’Art Arcadi Calzada, Olot, 2008.

“Suite Olympique Rosa Serra” (Art book, 128 pages) Texts: Andreu Mercé Varela, sports journalist (Barcelona 1918-2011). Editor: Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland.

“Xavier Carbonell MANHATTAN” (Art book, 216 pages) Author: Ed McCormack, writing collaborator for Editors of Andy Warhol’s, who has written various articles on art and popular culture for Rolling Stone and The Village Voice, among others. Presently, with his wife Jeannie McCormack he publishes The New York Art Journal Gallery & Studio. Editor: Jadite Gallery, New York, 2010.

“Xavier Carbonell STILL LIFE” (Art book, 200 pages) Author: K. Mitchell Snow, author and art critique, essays and literature. Editor: Jacqueline Rothschild Fine Art, New York, 2001.

“Xavier Carbonell VIATGE I PINTURA” (Art book, 224 pages) Author: Josep Valls, author, biographer, art critique. Editor: Jadite Gallery, New York, 2014.

The tramontana, that gale force wind from the Pyrénées, is fiercely blowing on the old town. In a corner of the city square…

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…

Nicole Coulombe

The Cheerful Artist

Art in a Feminine Perspective

Energetic and vibrant, colourful and cheerful! When the same adjectives are used to describe an artist and her paintings, it means she has reached a level of authenticity that exceeds a signature. Nicole Coulombe follows her dreams armed with paint brushes, her head full of colours.

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 Text by Isabelle Gauthier

Represented by Galerie Symbol’Art, Montreal

Energetic and vibrant, colourful and cheerful! When the same adjectives are used to describe an artist and her paintings, it means she…

Nathalie Frenière

Luminous Impressions

Thumbnail Sketches

“Before judging a painting, seek to understand what the artist wished to express and do not condemn him for the sacrifices he had to make to better render his thought. Ingenuity consists mainly in daring to put forth the necessary efforts, however great they may be.”– Anatole France.

After studies in graphic design, at a time when everything was done by hand, and a fifteen years career of sustained efforts that produced such prestigious logos as Adidas and SNC Lavalin, came the era of digital technology and the infamous Photoshop software which required further training in order to stay abreast of the competition.

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Text by Michel Bois

Nathalie Frenière is represented : Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York, USA – Westmont Gallery, Toronto, ON – Galerie d’art Vigneault, Repentigny, QC

After studies in graphic design, at a time when everything was done by hand, and a fifteen years career of sustained efforts…

Manon Potvin

The Enchanted Paintbrush

Delight in Discovery

“An artist should never copy nature, but rather take elements of nature and create a new assemblage that will touch people’s imagination.” Magritte

No key code is needed to unlock Manon Potvin’s paintings. Animals, human figures, elements of nature, reveal themselves instantly through a fantastic and visionary dimension that touches us beyond all understanding. Penetrating Manon Potvin’s universe is a suave experience which causes us to dive straight into a world of surrealism and symbolism.

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Texte de Michel Bois

On communiquera avec l’artiste par le biais de son site : www.manonpotvin.com

No key code is needed to unlock Manon Potvin’s paintings. Animals, human figures, elements of nature, reveal themselves instantly…

The Zénon Alary Museum

An Extraordinary Museum

Portrait

My first visit to the Zénon Alary museum in Mont-Rolland so impressed me, I couldn’t understand how an establishment of such high quality, while untraditional, wasn’t more widely known throughout the Laurentians region.

Without the dedication of a team of volunteers and the unrelenting efforts of its founder, Simone Constantineau, the museum project would probably have long fizzled-out.

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My first visit to the Zénon Alary museum in Mont-Rolland so impressed me, I couldn’t understand how an establishment of such high quality, while…

Raphaëlle Séguin

New faces

On the Web features inspiring artists who use social media and various sharing platforms for the purpose of promoting their art on the Internet.

Should you one day cross path with Raphaëlle Séguin, she may well capture an aspect of your facial physiognomy and use it to create one of her cheerful figures.

The artist’s paintings are in fact inhabited by characters with wide intriguing eyes, wearing subtle glasses. Whether named Colin, Fabrice or Sacha, the subjects candidly stare back at us, sometimes with a questioning look in their eyes. On her Facebook page, which she updates regularly, Raphaëlle Séguin generously shares her passion, her work in studio and her day-to-day life as an artist. In spring 2015, she was a finalist at the provincial ExpoPlus, a competition taking place exclusively on the Internet and social media. The artist’s pictorial creation is presently very well received. Her works in acrylic and pastel are displayed in various galleries in Québec and in the United States.

How important is it for an artist to have a website and be present on social media?

R.S.: In my opinion, it is primordial for an artist to have a personal website which allows you to directly communicate with the public, thus increasing your visibility and recognition for your work. Through my website art lovers are able to easily view my creations without having to go to an art gallery. The use of social media platforms is also proving highly effective in reaching potential buyers. These platforms offer me the possibility of connecting with other artists represented in galleries and share their experiences, projects, undertakings, etc. Social media has also afforded me the opportunity of communicating with patrons in France, Spain, United States and Mexico. Proof that the Web knows no border!

How would you describe your artistic work in a tweet of 140 characters, hashtags included?

R.S.: Contemporary style paintings created with #passion and a grain of folly. #playful, sensitive, naïve, candid, introspective, colourful. POW!

Have you called on professional help for your website design and programming?

R.S.: I did everything myself. It is today easy enough (while demanding) to create a personal website without being a professional web designer. You simply need to take the time needed and inquire a bit. Personally, I used the Wix platform to set-up my site. (http://fr.wix.com)

At what frequency do you update your website?

R.S.: On a weekly basis if possible, or even more frequently. It depends on whatever time is available, whether I am in a period of creation or not.

How much time are you investing on your Facebook page?

R.S.: I am present on Facebook almost on a daily basis. During pauses in my creative process, I take my messages or dispense information.

Have social media markedly impacted your career? Can you give us a concrete example?

R.S.: Absolutely! Last spring, one of my paintings won the ExpoPlus contest organized by Abribus and Québecor media. The public voted, via their website, for their favourite work out of 10 finalists. They were also invited to share their choice on social media. Thanks to this recognition, my work entitled “Harry” was projected on seven feet high luminous panels in some twenty “Abribus” bus stops in Greater Montreal.

If you could recommend only one Website to other artists, which one would it be?

R.S.: I find the fubiz.com website very interesting. It features on a daily basis the best of contemporary creative culture: graphic art, culture, products, digital clips and arts.

Do you have plans for forthcoming exhibitions?

R.S.: I am actually in preparation for a solo exhibition in Rosemère. Details will be posted on my Facebook page as well as on my website. I have 1001 projects in mind that I will probably never be able to realize during one lifetime!


Text by Isabelle Gagné

The following links will allow you to follow Raphaëlle Séguin on the Web and stay connected with the artist:

www.raphaelleseguin.com

www.facebook.com/creationras

ExpoPlus : abribus.ca/concours/expo-plus/exposition/grandpublic/oeuvre/raphaelle-seguin

We also invite you to stay connected with Magazin’Art on our various media:

Official Website : magazinart.com

Twitter : twitter.com/magazinart

Facebook : facebook.com/magazinart

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Selling

a work of art

Business

Being an art lover, you take pleasure in visiting gallery exhibitions or strolling along one or more of the many symposiums being held each year across Quebec. You may also search the web to stay aware of current market trends. Some of your favourite pieces adorn your walls and art is part of your daily life.

Then, one day, you realize that: your tastes have changed, you have to move, you don’t really love the painting inherited from your parents, or, the number of paintings you now own prevent you from purchasing others. In short, time has come to separate yourself from a piece of art. Fine, but… how?

Three options present themselves

1. You contact the art gallery that originally sold the painting, if it still exists, or another gallery. To your surprise, you find that the gallery isn’t exactly eager, or is squarely not interested, to accept your painting in consignment. If it does, it will demand a commission fee equal to 30% of the selling price. The gallery owner will explain that he prefers promoting artists he represents with more recent production.

2. You contact one or the other auction houses that organize art sales, mostly in Montreal. You then resign yourself to set a minimum reserve price that is much lower than what you really hoped for. You will also have to pay commission on the selling price, as will the eventual buyer (for example: 20% each).

3. Not convinced? You can still try the classified ads. Despite a good photograph, your painting may find itself in the “arts and antiques” section next to an old motor oil sign from the 1950s, or next to a work painted by an amateur. If your painting has real artistic value, chances are a bargain seeker will notice it…and make you a meagre offer.

A fourth, less known, option now exists: websites where you can post the artwork you wish to sell. Some free sites somewhat resemble vast flee markets where works by professional artists cohabit with unprofessional renderings, and where quantity is valued more than quality. Others, that do impose a fee and are more selective, seek first and foremost to offer quality artworks created by professional artists. One of those is Consign’art, a distinctive site that offers much more than a mere window, for nominal registration fees.

Consignart.ca – Where art is truly showcased

The low registration cost serves as initial filter for works thereon presented. These registration fees are reinvested in their entirety into advertising aimed at increasing awareness of the site’s existence among art lovers.

The individual who wishes to sell a work of art must consider the abundance of the offer… hence the importance of using the right platform, one where the piece he is selling is showcased to its best advantage. The buyer also benefits from a centralized offer which gives him access to an array of high quality pieces. Consign’art’s objective is to become a reliable and inescapable reference on the art market, for selling and for buying customers as well. You wish to sell a work of art? Think Consign’art!


Paul Carbonneau

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René Gagnon

In Harmony with Nature

Painting a Country

“I do not know whether my paintings are Surrealist or not, but I do know that they are the most honest expression of myself.” Frida Kahlo

Facing me, the man stands straight as an oak tree. His hands are huge. His hair is shaggy, much as Albert Einstein’s. His deep intense eyes reflect the greatest joys as well as the torments of human experience. René Gagnon has been dealing with the hazards of life for all of his 86 years, including 67 years with the demons of creation.

Over the restaurant table, he is showing me the pictures that are included in his book. Here, on a fishing trip with Riopelle, Paul Rebeyrolle and Stanley Cosgrove; another, with Alfred Pellan, taken during an exhibition in Paris. Being cognizant of René Gagnon’s creation is, to me, one of life’s blessings. Could it be one of the best kept secret of Québec art history?

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 Texte de Michel Bois

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Gordon Harrison

All I want to do is paint

Great Encounter

Gordon Harrison is a man of many parts, all of which have combined to make him one of the most successful Canadian landscape painters working today.

In September he won First Prize at the Rêves d’Automne 2014 painting contest in Baie Saint-Paul, in Charlevoix, Québec, where 140 prominent artists displayed 251 paintings, each bidding to capture the unofficial title of best Canadian landscape painter. He has also exhibited his work at what may be called the spiritual home of Canadian landscape painting, the McMichael Gallery in Kleinberg, just outside of Toronto, where all but one of the Group of Seven are buried.

For those who aren’t familiar with the spectacular natural beauty of the Charlevoix region, it has been captivating Quebec and Canadian landscape painters from the Group of Seven on down and Harrison has from time to time been called the eighth member of the Group of Seven.

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Text by Noel Meyer

Gordon Harrison’s work is represented at the following venues: Galerie Perreault, 205 Saint Paul St., Québec, 418-692-4772; L’Express Gourmand, 31 Morin St., Sainte-Adèle, 450-229-1915; Les Fougères, 783 Route 105, Chelsea Qc, 819-827-8942; Gordon Harrison Canadian Landscape Gallery, 495 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, 613-746-6853; Petroff Gallery, 1016 Eglington Ave West, Toronto, 416-782-1696; In2Art Gallery, 136 Church St, Oakville, 905-582-6739; Peaks and Rafters Gallery, 162 Medora St., Port Carling, 705-765-6868; Ryan Fine Art Gallery, 3658 Muskoka, Hwy. 118 West, Port  Carling, 705-765-1500; Rouge Gallery, 245 3rd Ave., Unit 200, Saskatoon, 306-955-8882; West End Gallery, 12308 Jasper Ave., NW, Edmonton, 780-488-4892; West End Gallery, 1203 Broad St., Victoria, 250-388-0009.

 

Gordon Harrison is a man of many parts, all of which have combined to make him one of the most successful Canadian landscape painters…

Alexi-Martin Courtemanche

Kneading the Light

Artist Profile

“It’s the uncertainty that charms. A mist makes things wonderful and mysterious.” – Oscar Wilde, author

Oh my goodness! The painter expresses such high sensitivity by recurring to the vaporous contours of sfumato; a technique that goes as far back as Leonardo Da Vinci, which forces the spectator to take a step back, admire and internalize the essence of the work. Rarely used in contemporary art, sfumato is a mode of colour blending which procures a vaporous, even smoky, effect where the subject’s contours are evoked rather than delineated, as through a veil of diffused and blurred lights.

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 Text by  Michel Bois

Alexi-Martin Courtemanche is represented by: La galerie d’art du Château Frontenac, Québec; La galerie d’art Courtemanche, Magog; The artist can be reached via his website to arrange for a visit of his studio/gallery: www.aleximartin.com

Oh my goodness! The painter expresses such high sensitivity by recurring to the vaporous contours of sfumato; a technique that…

Miguel Forest

Translating Sentiment

Art in Discovery

“Slavish representation of a landscape… Impossible! The landscape artist always, and first and foremost, creates from his inner being!”Fabienne Verdier, Philosopher.

Dear landscape artists, for whom truth lies in the blue of sky and water, the white of snow, the green of fir trees and the orange undulations of burnt hay; how I admire how you are able to express your love of life by translating the nature that surrounds you! The heartfelt creation of Miguel Forest, a true discovery as  far as I am concerned, testifies to the artist’s fascination with the landscape.

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 Text by Michel Bois

Miguel Forest is represented by: Art et Style, Montreal and Baie-Saint-Paul; Galerie Internationale, Québec; Galerie Richelieu, Montreal

Dear landscape artists, for whom truth lies in the blue of sky and water, the white of snow, the green of fir trees and the orange undulations…

Jean-Charles Daumas

Heartbeats and Wingstrokes

Wildlife in Art

For centuries, the animal kingdom has ignited man’s imagination. We need only think of ancient cave paintings as well as the great many artistic achievements it has inspired to creators in all cultures.

Well beyond a purely symbolic association that serves a purpose, wildlife art is primarily meant to be a vibrant testimonial to the connection that unites all living beings sharing the same planet.

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 Text by Lisanne LeTellier

For centuries, the animal kingdom has ignited man’s imagination. We need only think of ancient cave paintings as well as the great many artistic…

Mance Di

Asserted Freedom

Thumbnail Sketches

Original, exceptional, luminous: adjectives that perfectly describe painter Mance Di (www.mancedi.com) as well as her body of work.

She has been painting for nearly twenty years, travelling throughout Québec, from north to south and from east to west, from one artistic event to another, with Bob, her faithful hairy companion. Her paintings leave no-one indifferent. Because of their striking colours immediately catching the eye, yes, but also because of their rather unorthodox subject: nuns!

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 Text by Dominic Villeneuve

 

Original, exceptional, luminous: adjectives that perfectly describe painter Mance Di (www.mancedi.com) as well as her body of work…

Galerie Céleste

Portrait

A great number of art lovers toy with the project of opening a gallery. There is however, between dream and reality, a large gap to be conquered which is not everyone’s cup of tea.

This mix of culture and business sense is rather rarely found, but when it does present itself, the sustainability of the project is foreseeable. Such is the case for Galerie Céleste, owned by an artist with a high degree of business sensitivity; fourteen years of existence and solid growth as undeniable proof.

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Chantal Malek is represented by : Galerie Vigneault, Repentigny; Galerie 203, Montreal; Galerie des Arts, Terrebonne; Galerie Les Plumes, Beyrouth

 

A great number of art lovers toy with the project of opening a gallery. There is however, between dream and reality, a large gap…

Claire Desjardins

Painting Movement

On the Web features inspiring artists who use social media and various sharing platforms for the purpose of promoting their art on the Internet.

Originally from Montreal, Claire Desjardins gave up her career as graphic designer in 2011 to dedicate herself entirely to her artistic practice. In her work, she seeks to recreate movement and, in painting, transform personal chaos into tranquility.

This creative intensity is perceivable through the kinetic energy with which the artist applies pigment on canvas, but especially through her most distinctive colour palette.

She has been the recipient of numerous grants for artist residencies, one of which brought her as far as the Da Wang Culture Artist Residency in China. Claire Desjardins is one of the top-selling artists on the Saatchi Art platform, a global leader in transactional websites specializing in the sale of artworks. She also displays her work off the web, in a more traditional fashion, in galleries across Canada.

Due to her consistent Internet presence and the indisputable quality of her work, Claire Desjardins is regularly mentioned on a great number of webzines and influential blogs.


Advice on things, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 72 in

Advice on things, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 72 in

How would you describe your artistic work in a tweet of 140 characters, hashtags included?

C.D.: Abstract painter, inspired by the expressionists of the 1950s.

In your opinion, how important is having a website for an artist or a gallery owner?

C.D.: It’s very important! Everyone is on social media, so we need to be on it too!

Have you called on professional help for your website design and programming?

C.D.: Yes, I had my website programmed by a company specializing in such work. Its design, however, I  did myself, since I actually was a Web designer for many years.

What would you recommend for artists who still do not have a website and whose budget is very limited?

C.D.: Create your own website! If not, join and feature yourself on sites where you will be able to sell your art. For example: Saatchi Art, Fine Art America or Art Finder. Also maintain regular social media presence… It’s free!

At what frequency do you update your website?

C.D.: Ideally, daily!

How much time, on a professional basis, are you investing in social media?

C.D.: I am actively present on social media everyday. I monitor throughout the day and especially during my workshop breaks.

How have social media helped you in your career? Can you give us a concrete example?

C.D.: Of course! It’s an excellent way of promoting my art exhibits and advertising my forthcoming workshops. I once welcomed students from Virginia who had driven 13 hours to attend a workshop that was advertised on Facebook. Some of my paintings have also been sold through sharing on Pinterest or Facebook.

As a professional artist, do you maintain a blog? What topics do you discuss and how frequently do you post?

C.D.: On my blog, where I allow myself to post opinions, I write about events related to my artistic practice, for example: fairs, workshops, inspiring travel experiences, artist residencies, etc.

Do you sell your work on any online gallery?

C.D.: Yes. I am essentially present on Saatchi Art.

Is selling your artwork online a complex process, especially concerning shipping?

C.D.: If you wish to sell on the Internet, you necessarily need to be organized! First, equip yourself with the necessary shipping materials: bubble wrap, cartons and boxes. You must also know what the dimensions and weight of the final parcels are. Inquire about all customs regulations: value of your export, NAFTA rules, other countries regulations, etc. When I possess all this information, everything becomes easier!

If you could recommend only one Website to other artists, which one would it be?

C.D.: Pinterest.

What projects are you entertaining for the coming 6 months (or more)? Exhibitions? Artist residencies? Training?

C.D.: Having just ended my participation in The Artist Project fair in Toronto, where space was allotted to house my production, I am presently dedicating the majority of my time to catching-up with my work in studio! I am scheduled to lead some workshops in Montréal and in the United States and I am in preparation for an exhibition at the Wall Space Gallery in Ottawa.

 


Text by Isabelle Gagné (MissPixels

The following links will allow you to follow Claire Desjardins on the Web and stay connected with the artist:

Official Website: clairedesjardins.com

Twitter: twitter.com/clairedj

Facebook: facebook.com/studioclaire

Instagram: instagram.com/claire_desjardins_art

Pinterest: pinterest.com/clairedj/

Saatchi Art: saatchiart.com/clairedj

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Official website : magazinart.com

Twitter : twitter.com/magazinart

Facebook : facebook.com/magazinart

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Claude A. Simard (1943-2014)

Achieving Timelessness

Great Encounter

“Always remember to take some time to slow down, follow your instincts and taste life to its fullest. It is the essence of truth in creation and of its extended relevance throughout generations.” – Calvin Klein

Never has the passing of a painter and university professor in graphics communication received such a vibrant tribute in the form of a letter published in a major daily newspaper. This short passage conveys its content: “We can say of him that he was colourful and that he has largely influenced our own sensibilities. This teacher was able to ingrain in us a sense of duty and a love of beauty. He made us believe in ourselves. Professor, you have loved us dearly, we know. It’s our turn to tell you how much we loved you in return. Your passion, so inspiring, will live on. It is now part of us all. And, we have long since started to in turn pass it along to others. We will never forget you, Mr. Claude A. Simard!” – Three decades of saddened students.

L'artiste en séance de signatures

L’artiste en séance de signatures

Wow! It certainly stirs at your heart! I wonder how the painter would have reacted at reading such a letter. For Claude A. Simard was a gentle man, a man who saw and appreciated the people around him, humanity in general and the act of creation in perpetual regeneration. So tender-hearted that he felt vulnerable, hence needed to hide behind some protective armour. He was never entirely convinced that his way of teaching was the right way. And, he felt the same about his artistic process, which motivated him to work on his paintings at length, until he finally felt satisfied. The painter’s wife, Huguette Moreau, is adamant: “If the studio door was closed, I was not to bother him. But, if the door was open, I knew he wished to hear me voice my opinion, although he never directly asked for it. I waited for the right moment to be able to speak objectively. He never trusted his first impression, never being entirely convinced of having fully realized his vision.”

Oliviers et tournesols, 30 x 36 po

Oliviers et tournesols, 30 x 36 po

The beginnings

Paper and pencil: that’s all it took to embark on a creative adventure! Claude A. Simard had an enterprising spirit which guided him throughout his life. He never imagined it could be any different. He bit into life fully. “He had this quality of being able to look at his work with a critical eye and foresee possible limitations in the expected result,” explains gallery owner Roch-André Perreault, who highly promoted the painter’s works here in Quebec and abroad.

Noël à la campagne, 36 x 48 po

Noël à la campagne, 36 x 48 po

“It all started when Claude A. and I met while we were both employed by Maison Simons,” relates Mr. Perreault. Claude A. Simard indeed started working in 1966 as a young graphic designer for the Quebec fashion retailer. “Logos, interior store design, advertising drawing: he’s the one who developed the company’s brand image of excellence,” says Roch-André Perreault, adding that, being himself a merchandise buyer for Simons at the time, he travelled all over the world for the retailer and his friend Claude A. never failed to ask him, upon his return, for a report on everything he had seen in Europe. “Claude A was an inspired creator and always on the look-out for the latest trends,” relates Mr. Perreault, reminiscing about his dear friend. “When I opened my own clothing store, where I offered international fashions, he’s the one I entrusted with the architectural design and signature brand. What he created was so audacious and innovative that people still remember it.”

Final approach, 30 x 36 po

Final approach, 30 x 36 po

“After the adventure with fashion designers, Claude A. was not surprised to find me working in the art world. His presence in my gallery’s pool of artists testifies to the friendship and mutual respect we shared. All my artists are important to me, but Claude A. had a way of putting himself forward, which was evident on our exhibition walls. The public’s response has always been extraordinary, and he knew it. But, he constantly sought to better himself, even though he was holding all the elements of a recipe that could be exploited indefinitely. Claude A. Simard has, in fact, never felt entirely within his comfort zone while creating. As a gallery owner, I was more than happy to represent such an artist.”

An exceptional legacy

The vivacious luminosity of nature! Happiness, joy of living and of painting with audacious colours to attract the eye and extract sentiment! Here are paintings that spread smiles on society. Smiles full of hope and joy! Facing his canvas, the painter never knew in advance what he was going to do. His compositions took form progressively as he painted, seeking unusual connections of space and volume among the various themes represented. His multiple trips abroad and the many drawings sketched under the lights that are so particular to Europe, allowed him to explore a variety of effects of balance and harmony, which, in the end, may have benefited his style, his vision even.

La fleuriste est amoureuse, 36 x 42 po

La fleuriste est amoureuse, 36 x 42 po

Claude A. Simard’s artistic path has engendered other areas of interest. Environmentally conscious, he advocated the protection of nature. He was always ready to fight for freedom of artistic expression as much as for the quality of life that will be our children’s legacy. And, via his paintings, he was able to permanently engage the public at large in his causes. Another challenge that this talented and perfectionist man has brilliantly met. Thank you for everything, Mr. Claude A. Simard!

Your Magazin’Art wishes to thank Mrs. Huguette Moreau, the painter’s widow, for her testimony, and Mr. Roch André Perreault, gallery-owner of renown and, most importantly, friend of the artist whose first creative sparks he was present to witness.

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Texte by Michel Bois

Claude-A. Simard is represented by : Galerie Alan Klinkhoff, Montréal, Québec ; Galerie Perreault, Québec, Québec ; Galerie L’Harmattan, Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec ; Galerie Richard Hevey, Sainte-Adèle, Québec ; Galerie Roberts, Toronto, Ontario ; Galerie Masters, Calgary, Alberta ; Galerie Masters, Vancouver, C.-B. ; Galerie West End, Edmonton, Alberta ; Galerie West End, Victoria, C.-B.

Never has the passing of a painter and university professor in graphics communication received such a vibrant tribute in the form of a letter published in a major daily newspaper…

Nathalie Lapointe

The Art of Breaking Free

Art in a Feminine Perspective

Into the black waters that surround the city, gleaming towers and buildings spread their shimmering reflections. Splitting the darkness, powerful and vivid colours translate the pulse of urban life and all its trepidations.

This atmospheric luminosity permeates Nathalie Lapointe’s body of work. Stark contrasts and imaginary cities have become, for the painter, a prescription against the mad dash of life.

The artist, a native of Lanaudière, ended her eleven years career as a teacher to dedicate herself to art. “I love people and I loved working with children, but my passion for painting was calling me.”Her perilous jump into the unknown came after serious consideration, fuelled by a strong desire to set her own life path.

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Texte by Isabelle Gauthier

Represented by Galerie Le Bourget, Montréal

 

Into the black waters that surround the city, gleaming towers and buildings spread their shimmering reflections.

Marcel Mussely

Studio Visit

A nice summer day in Longueuil, a quiet street where houses are surrounded by gardens and shaded by trees: we breathe easily here and experience a feeling of wellbeing, far away from the city yet so near.

This is the environment in which Marcel Mussely has chosen to establish residence, in 1973, selecting a home oriented towards the northern light. Essential to his work, the light floods his studio, which was renovated and enlarged a few years back to enable him to paint oversized canvases. For, Marcel Mussely is a painter in his heart and soul and has always been, irregardless of the fact that he worked in advertising for more than 25 years following studies in Commercial Illustration at the Famous Artist School of Westport, Connecticut.

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Texte by Catherine Guex

 

A nice summer day in Longueuil, a quiet street where houses are surrounded by gardens and shaded by trees: we breathe easily here and experience a feeling…

Shokichi Sato

When Forms are Shaped through Sentiment

Forms, Volume and Space

“We must content ourselves to discover and never try to explain.” Georges Braque.

Bronze is a traditional material of ancient heritage. It is a preferred medium of sculptors due to the feasibility of juxtaposing in one élan sparkling smooth surfaces and textured details of minute finesse. This being said, the present day volition to produce artworks in bronze is interesting as it testifies to how perfectly this material can be adapted to contemporary expressions.

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Texte by Michel Bois

Shokichi Sato is represented by : Galerie Jean-Pierre Valentin, Montréal ; Galerie Michel-Ange, Montréal ; Galerie Yvon Desgagnés, Baie-Saint-Paul ; Galerie Dimension Plus, Montréal ; Galerie d’art du Mont-Ste-Anne, Beaupré

 

Bronze is a traditional material of ancient heritage. It is a preferred medium of sculptors due to the feasibility of juxtaposing in one élan sparkling smooth…

Suzan Édith Baron Lafrenière

Paying Tribute to Women

Thumbnail Sketches

Love and human warmth: pure joy! It is in festive atmosphere that I am welcomed at Baron Lafrenière Gallery in Quebec City on this autumn afternoon.

It is an honour to meet this great artist, Suzan Édith Baron Lafrenière and her two sons, Nikolas-Samuel Bernier, who manages the gallery, and François-David Bernier, lawyer and owner of this fantastic art gallery located in the old Molson bank building near Quebec’s old port. Suzan Édith Baron Lafernière has, in fact, four sons who actively promote her work to collectors and to the public at large.

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Texte by Frédéric-Marc Gagné

Love and human warmth: pure joy! It is in festive atmosphere that I am welcomed at Baron Lafrenière Gallery in Quebec City on this autumn afternoon…

Paul Simard

Still Passionate about Pewter after 40 Years

Tinware

Val-David is an effervescent village where a great number of incredibly talented artists and artisans live and work. Val-David represents the heart and soul of an inventive nation.

It is a village filled with indomitable creators ablaze with passion, where agile hands fashion matter and practice most known arts and crafts techniques using the most imaginative of materials.

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 Texte by Robert Lafontaine

 

Val-David is an effervescent village where a great number of incredibly talented artists and artisans live and work. Val-David represents the heart and soul of an…

Edith Jolicoeur

From Mixed Techniques to New Media

On the Web features inspiring artists who use social media and various sharing platforms for the purpose of promoting their art on the Internet.

Edith Jolicoeur is a Gaspé artist whose works have been showcased in the National History Museum of the Parc National de Miguasha and in the Musée de la Gaspésie as well as in various recognized exhibition venues.

Her works are part of public and private collections in North-America. Recipient of a grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for research and creation projects and a graduate of the International Academy of Design, the artist’s creative approach is based on a story telling style. For almost fifteen years, she has been turning old doors into true works of art. Presently, her practice is rather oriented towards new media, integrating photography, videography and printing, thus progressively abandoning the voluminous and heavy supports she had previously been using.

For 13 summers, Edith Jolicoeur has operated a personal art gallery in Carleton-sur-Mer in the Baie-des-Chaleurs. In parallel with her artistic practice, she works as a consultant with a mission of helping artists and cultural organizations take advantage of what the Web and social media can offer.

 


 

How would you describe your artistic work in a tweet of 140 characters, hashtags included?

E.J.: Based on a story telling style, my artistic process combines visual arts and new media. #Art #Storytelling #Techno #POM

 

In your opinion, how important is having a website for an artist or a gallery owner?

E.J.: As an artist, my website provides me with a window that is accessible at all times to the public as well as to me. Nowadays, people no longer wish to go out and about to have access to art, they would rather be able to appreciate art from the comfort of home, which is made possible through the Web.

 

Have you called on professional help for your website design and programming?

E.J.: No. I attended my first HTML courses in 1998 and have always built my own websites.

 

What would you recommend for artists who still do not have a website and whose budget is very limited?

E.J.: A responsive website is a must, in my opinion. It’s possible to set one up free of charge without domain name. It’s also possible to have a site with domain name and without advertising for as little as one hundred dollars a year.

 

At what frequency do you update your website?

E.J.: During periods of active creation, I may post daily updates. Otherwise, it varies according to my blog posts. In an ideal world, I would update it weekly, at the very least.

 

Traces, extrait d'oeuvre

Traces, extrait d’oeuvre

How much time, on a professional basis, are you investing in social media?

E.J.: If we only consider my artistic activities, between 4 and 10 hours a week depending on the period.

 

How have social media helped you in your career? Can you give us a concrete example?

E.J.: I prefer to consider Web activities as a whole (including newsletter and website) rather than focussing solely on social media. Overall, more than 80% of my business turnover can be attributed to my ACTIVE presence on the Web and social media.

 

As a professional artist, do you maintain a blog? What topics do you discuss and how frequently do you post?

E.J.: Yes, there is a blog section integrated to my professional website. I post about different topics: slice of artistic life, special projects, soft frustrations, etc. The posting frequency varies on whether or not I am in an active period of creation. In an ideal world, I would like to post a new entry on a monthly basis.

 

Does your site allow virtual shopping? If so, what is the ratio of online transactions to your overall revenues? Do you feel there is reluctance on the part of artists about selling their works online?

E.J.: My site is not transactional and I do not wish it to be. Mostly due to the fact that I am among that small number of ‘cranked’ artists who insist on having a written sales contract for each work sold. All prices for my works are posted on my site, where there is also a note saying that I value human contact and that interested parties are invited to contact me via email or phone to discuss modes of transaction, payment and delivery. When I do sell a piece of art, in all discretion and as a sign of respect for my clients, I quickly remove the indicated price replacing it with the word ‘SOLD’.

 


 

Text by Isabelle Gagné (MissPixels)

The following links will allow you to follow Edith Jolicoeur on the Web and stay connected with the artist:

Official website : edithjolicoeur.com

Twitter : twitter.com/edithjolicoeur

Facebook : facebook.com/edithjolicoeur

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Edith Jolicoeur is a Gaspé artist whose works have been showcased in the National History Museum of…

The Many Faces

of Dansereau

Great Encounter

People should learn to see things for themselves and not take advice. – Renoir

Defending the creations of a painter’s unfettered imagination is a freedom some are still reluctant to embrace. Yet, the irrational osmosis between art and life, the lyrical outpourings, the intuition of mystery and the unforeseen discoveries, allow the greatest possible enrichment of the painting as a whole, thus revealing the inner core of its creator.

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Text by Michel Bois

Gérard Dansereau is represented by : Galerie Michel-Ange, Montreal, Galerie d’art Iris, Baie-Saint-Paul, Galerie d’art Vincent, Château-Laurier, Ottawa, Galerie Linda Verge, Quebec City, Galerie d’art La Corniche, Chicoutimi, Galerie Robert Senneville, Sherbrooke, Galerie Coup de Coeur, Saint Jean-Port-Joli, Liss Gallery, Toronto.

Defending the creations of a painter’s unfettered imagination is a freedom some are still reluctant to embrace. Yet, the…

Rivière Moe, 30 x 60 po

Richard Bélanger

Audacious and Nonconformist

Artist Profil 

Becoming a member of the American Watercolor Society undoubtedly represents ultimate recognition for a watercolour painter. The oldest and most important artistic organization in North-America has been in existence since 1866 and counts but a few Canadians among its membership. Since April 2014, a first Quebecer was able to integrate the ranks of the prestigious watercolour society; a long desired and greatly deserved honour for artist Richard Bélanger.

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 Text by Mélissa Fauteux

Richard is represented by : Galerie West End, Westmount, Montreal, Galerie d’Art Loft, Old Montreal, Tilting at Windmills Gallery, Manchester, Vermont.

Becoming a member of the American Watercolor Society undoubtedly represents ultimate recognition for a watercolour painter. The oldest and most important artistic…

La clé de fa, huile, 24 x 36 po

Josée La Roche

Heightened Sensitivity

Art in a Feminine Perspective

Josée La Roche was born in Quebec City in 1969. She is the oldest of three children. From a very young age, she becomes fascinated with drawing. In fact, many of her childhood memories relate to the pleasure of drawing and creating. As far back as she can remember, the arts were part of her life. She initially studies fashion design at Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy, followed by studies in commercial art. She then works in graphic design for a few years, until 2009, notably as specifier for architects and interior designers. Meanwhile, her constantly growing desire to express herself through art was becoming increasingly urgent.

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Josée La Roche was born in Québec City in 1969. She is the oldest of three children. From a very young age, she becomes fascinated with drawing. In fact, many of her…

The

Argillet Collection

Original Etchings by Salvador Dali (1904-1989)

Delight in Discovery

The Dali of printmaking

On the phone, the voice is joyful; the melodious accent titillates the ear. I am speaking with Christine Argillet, daughter of Pierre Argillet, collector, highly talented publisher and printer of Salvador Dali’s major etchings. The conversation is filled with anecdotes and complicit laughter stemming from a shared common passion for the works of the Master, with whom she was well acquainted and interacted on a daily basis till she turned seventeen.

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 Text by Michel Bois

Galerie Ambiance, 81, Saint-Paul Street East, Montréal, 514-396- 6670, from October 18, 2014.

On the phone, the voice is joyful; the melodious accent titillates the ear. I am speaking with Christine Argillet, daughter…

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…

Lucie Michel

Lyrical effusions between Heaven and Earth

Thumbnail Sketches

Those who bother you with questions about art, inform them that there is more to it than being a good craftsman, you also need something no-one can teach you… sensitivity… charm… poetry. This we carry inside ourselves.” – Renoir

May I begin by stating that viewing a Lucie Michel painting fills me with an almost indescribable sensation of absolute delight! A sentiment simultaneously so tender and powerful that I am overwhelmed by its intensity. The tasty colours Lucie Michel introduces into her landscapes resonate like a song of freedom leading you on a journey towards impromptu emotions. But who is this artist whose paintings I have discovered on Saint-Pierre Street in Quebec city?

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Text by Michel Bois

Lucie Michel is represented by Galerie d’art Internationale à Québec, Galerie Art & Style in Baie-Saint-Paul, Dimension Plus in Montreal et Koyman Galleries in Ottawa. To communicate with the artist via internet: www.luciemichel.ca

May I begin by stating that viewing a Lucie Michel painting fills me with an almost indescribable sensation of absolute delight! A sentiment simultaneously so tender…

Francine Laurin

The Pursuit of Beauty

Forms, Volume and Space 

Arched back, hands outstretched towards heaven: Francine Laurin’s sculptures have an ethereal quality. Filled with a sense of wonder at their grace and airiness, we readily forget they are cast in bronze.

Born in Lachute, Québec, in 1951, the artist always knew she would embark on a creative path. At 10 years of age, she was fascinated with Armand Vaillancourt’s burnt wood sculptures. After a few initial attempts and a first exhibition of ceramic figures, she starts exploring a variety of materials and soon develops a true passion for sculpture. She begins her artistic training with plastic art studies at the Cégep level, followed by studies in painting, sculpture and ceramics at UQAM.

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 Text by Isabelle Gauthier

The artist is represented by : Galerie Symbole Art, Galerie Clarence Gagnon, Galerie d’art du Château Frontenac, Galerie d’art La Marée Montante

 

Arched back, hands outstretched towards heaven: Francine Laurin’s sculptures have an ethereal quality. Filled with a sense of wonder at their grace and airiness…