Françoise Pascals claims having inherited this taste for beauty and aesthetics from her father who was an architect and sculptor. “My childhood has been rocked by love of beauty. I grew up surrounded with books which I pored over for hours admiring the artworks of painters and sculptors of all eras. My eye was invariably attracted to the mastery of technique and colours of the great masters of the Renaissance. After reading many books, I was hooked; I had chosen my future career”, says the artist. While she choose an artistic career at 14 years of age, she is still active sixty years later for our greatest pleasure. A must!
by Alexandre D’Astous
Galerie Vigneault and the Internet
Françoise Pascals paintings are exhibited at Galerie d’art Vigneault in Repentigny, as well as on her website (fpascals.com). “The world of art and that of galleries have changed over the years. Everything seems to look the same nowadays and I find that sad.” Françoise Pascals’ works can be found in Québec, British Columbia, the United States and in Belgium where her love for renaissance painters is appreciated.
Françoise Pascals claims having inherited this taste for beauty and aesthetics…
Painter of moments of introspection, Joan Dumouchel probes the nuances of the human psyche in a contemporary body of work that leaves room for imagination. Her realistic faces inhabit dreamlike universes that are conducive to escape. Portrait of an intuitive artist.
Joan Dumouchel has always dreamed of becoming an artist. As far as she can remember, the 63 years old artist has always loved to draw. While she attended art classes at UQAM, abstraction was the favoured style. However, portrait has long exercised its fascination on her. “My favorite classes were on live model. Charcoal in hand, I drew incessantly.” After having taught visual arts for a few years, she is approached by the art supplies retailer Omer DeSerres to hold training workshops for art teachers. This connection leads to another with the Liquitex acrylic paint company who sends her to England, accompanied by a select group of international artist, with the mission of testing their material. The experience proved to be an unforgettable one, on a cultural as well as an artistic basis.
Text by Isabelle Gauthier
Galerie Blanche, Montréal
Michel Bigué, Saint-Sauveur
Martin Gallery, USA
Mary Martin Gallery, USA
Thompson Landry, Toronto
Painter of moments of introspection, Joan Dumouchel probes the nuances of the human psyche in a contemporary body of work that leaves room for imagination. Her realistic faces inhabit dreamlike…
” 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!
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…
“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.
Text by Michel Bois
Much tenderness, plenty of love, a great deal of generosity and truthfulness! Through humour or song, when writing or drawing…
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.
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…
“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.
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.”
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.
“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.”
“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.
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.
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…
“Life is simple for those who do not seek to understand, because they are either naïve or very intelligent. But those that are neither naïve enough, nor intelligent enough, do not find any answer to their questions.” – Samuel-Joseph Agnon
Claudine Hébert’s distinctive paintings prove that there is no need to travel very far to find yourself in a different universe. The voyage takes form in the painter’s head and is reflected in her art. Too bad for those who cannot comprehend! To paint spontaneously, without any set theory or specific knowledge, classifies the artist as a “naïve” painter. To paint the collective subconsciousness or daily life by instinct, while being totally aware of effects of colour, of rules of proportion and composition, attaches the “popular art” label. Trained as a graphic designer, Claudine Hébert, sails between the expressive colours, the humour, the knowledge and the sense of wonder inherent to both appellations. The painter, thus, transcends the genres. And, as is true for all Naïve and Popular artists, she wishes to bequeath spectators with important moments of her own life.
Text by Michel Bois
Claudine Hébert is represented by Galerie Jeannine Blais, 102 Main Street, North Hatley.
Claudine Hébert’s distinctive paintings prove that there is no need to travel very far to find yourself…
” Painting a landscape means transposing the sensation of energy and movement it procures to the painter. “ – Henri Bergson
Yves Ayotte was born in 1955 in Bois-des-Filion, in the Laurentians. Shortly thereafter his family moved to Three-Rivers where the future artist spends most of his youth into adulthood. Enamoured with painting from a very young age, in 1978 he chooses the path of creation by enrolling in a BA visual arts program dispensed by Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. However, the curriculum, at that time, is mostly geared towards the exploration of materials and geometric abstraction, and in no way touches on the tech- nique the painter wished to acquire.
The artist thus found himself forced to develop his own technique, in a self-taught manner and rather secretly, painting being regarded then as a mere hobby by his family and society at large. Indeed, he felt he had to check his enthusiasm in view of the general bias then held against the practice of art which, it was contended, necessarily marginalized the artist. And this, even though his own father, who worked as a policeman, was a direct cousin of the master Léo Ayotte!
By Michel Bois
Yves Ayotte is represented by: Galerie Iris, in Baie-Saint-Paul, Qc.,
Galerie Christine Genets, in Cap-Santé, Qc.,
Galerie Les règles de l’art, in Saint-Sauveur, Qc.,
Galerie Lumière au Pinceau, in Grand-Mère, Qc.
Yves Ayotte was born in 1955 in Bois-des-Filion, in the Laurentians. Shortly thereafter his family moved to Three-Rivers…