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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…

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…

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…

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…