“Several aspects of a painting are worthy of interest. The subject, the theme, must always be rendered in a simple, coherent fashion, but still impress the beholder. The viewer must be led – by avoiding unnecessary details – to follow the path the painter intended and behold the sensation which possessed the artist.” – Alfred Sysley.
A freedom-loving farmer’s son, René Gagnon wanted to be a “coureur des bois”. The hazards of life and an irresistible calling towards artistic creation determined otherwise. Definitely for the best! Indeed, some of the greatest visual artists of the time passed on to him their tremendous and tumultuous passion for art. Artists such as René Richard, Cosgrove, Ayotte, Albert Rousseau, Marc-Aurèle Fortin, and many others.
This simply due to the fact that he was the nephew of René Bergeron, an important artists’ manager, who invited his protégés to come and paint on his land in the Saguenay. Thus, self-taught painter René Gagnon was privy to the best lessons in art and life itself through the words of these passionate, freedom loving, masters. In interview, the artist warmly reminisces about these moments, late in the day, when everyone appraised the work of others, often providing constructive criticism. But always delightfully appreciative of how a colleague was able to capture the beauty of the landscape and the fugacious lights of the moment.
Text by Michel Bois
66, chemin de la Pointe à Gagnon, Anse de roche, Sacré-Cœur, QC
Musée René Gagnon, 203, rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC
Several aspects of a painting are worthy of interest…
Art and Photography
“Composition must be one of our constant preoccupations, but at the moment of shooting it can stem only from our intuition, for we are out to capture the fugitive moment, and all the interrelationships involved are on the move.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson.
In the era of multimedia and mass consumption of images from all sources, contemporary photography is still able to elevate the photographer’s standing by granting him a special status. He is in fact assigned a dual role since he positions himself as witness while also being an active player. Which is manifest in Yvan Bédard’s creation.
From the time of his adolescence, when he drew, painted and took pictures, this man from the world of science first and foremost remains a lover of art and nature. Emeritus professor at Laval University in Geomatics Engineering, Doctor in Civil Engineering, international lecturer and recipient of several prestigious awards for his research and his writings, he is now completely and passionately committed to landscape photography.
Text by Michel Bois
Galerie Québec Art, 40, Notre-Dame street, Québec, QC, G1K 4G1 418 692-8200
In the era of multimedia and mass consumption…
“A landscape is the backdrop to human life.” – Bernardin de Saint-Pierre
The prestigious imprint of Lucie Michel’s body of work undoubtedly resides in her landscapes. She is able to create a unique universe from skillful alchemies. Her painting straddles the random limits of matter in fusion, hence, this shimmering effect on the spectator’s retina. It also lies in this novel way of viewing nature and its landscapes, prime sources of inspiration for the artist.
Text by Michel Bois
The prestigious imprint of Lucie Michel’s body…
Painting a Country
“To all those who question you on the practice of art… tell them that it’s not only a matter of skill, that something more is needed, a certain something that cannot be taught… finesse… charm, something that is inherent to the artist.” – Renoir
It’s been more than ten years since your Magazin’Art has mused over painter Stéphane Gagnon’s notable creation. Hence, what a pleasure it is to have another opportunity of sharing with you the full dimension of this artist’s incredible talent! Since our previous encounter years ago on Île d’Orléans, the man now facing me has greatly matured. His eye hasn’t lost any of its sparkle and acuity. Much as a great wine vintage, his art, his palette and his impressionistic vision have improved with time. Confident in his knowledge and expertise, the painter minimizes his merit and readily adopts a modest attitude during our interview. The greater the man, the greater de courtesy, says the dictum, of which Stéphane Gagnon is living proof. In the realm of visual arts, he is gifted with high sensitivity and tremendous ability. He is able to hear the roar of waterfalls, the trickling of brooks or the calls of birds, as he paints on full moon nights. This is the occupation he has chosen. He loves challenges and each painting is a battle he must fight till it reaches a happy conclusion, as a guiltless need that must be fulfilled.
Text by Michel Bois
Stéphane Gagnon is represented by Galerie Douce Passion, 42A, rue Notre-Dame, Québec, Qc /418 648-9292 / www.galeriedoucepassion.com
To all those who question you on the practice of art…
Art in a Feminine Perspective
There are so many different ways to describe Gail Descoeurs that it is difficult to know where to begin. Determined and disciplined fit the bill as does the seemingly contradictory coupling of mystical and spritely.
Descoeurs works in the field of contemporary realism. Her paintings are almost all landscapes and a fair number of them feature water and impressive skies. “My favorite things to paint are skies, trees, landscapes, marshes, wide open spaces, water. I love the light, even in my dark paintings there is some light.”
Text by Noel Meyer
Gail Descoeurs is a member of the Lakeshore Artists Association and an Associate Member of the Society of Canadian Artists. She has won numerous first places in competitions. Her work can also be seen on her website www.gaildescoeurs.com. She is represented by Galerie Iris in Baie St. Paul and the Westmount Gallery in Toronto.
There are so many different ways to describe Gail Descoeurs that it is difficult to know where to begin. Determined and disciplined fit the bill as does the seemingly contradictory coupling of mystical and spritely…
“In engraving as in painting, the outline, the sketch and the drawing do not constitute form, but rather a personal way of depicting which helps understand the form.” – Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
Crossing the threshold of Rodolphe Duguay’s atelier is both exciting and fascinating. The surreal impression of finding oneself inside an early 20th century Paris artist studio is unescapable. Whiffs of oil paint. e painter’s palette. The beret. The engraving workshop with gouges neatly aligned on the wall. The oversized window open to the north light. Then there is the mezzanine, nerve center for poet Jeanne L’Archevêque, the painter’s wife. Everything is there! This is more than a patrimonial jewel, it provides visitors with a sense of passage towards the timelessness of creation.
Text by Michel Bois
Musée des religions du monde,
900, boulevard Louis-Fréchette, Nicolet, Québec
Maison et atelier Rodolphe-Duguay, 195, rang Saint-Alexis, Nicolet, Québec
Musée de L’Hôtel des postes,
16, rue Laurier Ouest, Victoriaville, Québec
Musée de la culture populaire,
200, rue Laviolette, Trois-Rivières, Québec
Crossing the threshold of Rodolphe Duguay’s atelier is both exciting and fascinating. The surreal impression of finding oneself inside an early 20th century Paris…
From July 1, through to September 18, 2016 the Art Gallery of Ontario will be mounting The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris. This is the exhibition that you have been hearing about on and off for about a year. Yes, it is the one curated by funny man and musician Steve Martin. The exhibition has already been seen in Los Angeles and Boston. It is the first solo Harris exhibition seen in the United States. The has been beefed for its Toronto incarnation to include some of his early work which features cityscapes and an epilogue that purports to explore the influence of Harris’ landscapes on Canadian identity. There are some 80 works on display.
While you are at the AGO you might want to wander over to Backdrop, Hurvin Anderson’s first major exhibition in Canada. Anderson is English and his family comes from Jamaica. One of Anderson’s interesting conceits is to paint landscape which is blocked off to the viewer because it is behind a metal trellis, fence or gate. Another point of interest is that most of his work is very large and once past the security elements lush. Backdrop runs through to August 21, 2016.
From July 1, through to September 18, 2016 the Art Gallery of Ontario will be mounting…
Family in Art
During our interview, we readily engaged in a three-way conversation without predefined rules or subjects, akin to the Molleur sisters’ artistic path. In a fairly balanced exchange, which testifies to their long-established adjustment and to the immense affection and respect they hold for one another, I was able to collect their respective vision in a fully equal give and take of confidences. Concerned about the equitable recognition of their respective work, none attempted to overshadow the other, each taking turn to express their mutual points of view on the varied subjects that were brought up.
As members of a family of nine siblings, where art is highly valued, Mireille and Suzanne Molleur develop over the years a strong complicity that extends well beyond their being attracted to the same discipline. This initial complementarity, reinforced with time, later orchestrates their professional visibility through their participation as a duo in various artistic events, exhibiting their works side by side in perfect synergy. Each artist’s work however is unique, entirely independent one from the other, in style as much as in form. “There is no competition between us. We simply enjoy this bubble we have created where we both feel safe, the confluence of our energies also nourishing our respective individual production,” they declare in full agreement.
Text by Lisanne LeTellier
Next October, we will find the Moller sisters at the renowned “Rencontre des Arts” in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, as well as on their respective websites. As their exhibits are almost always conjoined, if you find one you will assuredly find the other! And, without cheating, try to guess which is which…
During our interview, we readily engaged in a three-way conversation without predefined rules or subjects…
Her home facing Mont-Sainte-Anne with a view of Île d’Orléans, Claude De Lorimier has the good fortune of living in an environ- ment that provides her with year-long inspiration. Her paintings depicting the moods of the river and its shores are reflections of this marvelous sight. The self-taught artist has come to rely on this sense of wonderment which is the main trigger that compels her to choose the moment and the rendering, wind in her hair, fully alert.
Claude De Lorimier’s work is imbued with gentleness, an impressionistic touch and an overall peaceful atmosphere. Painting in open air from the very beginning, the artist initially seeks to reproduce the sensations she experiences from nature. Displaying great mastery of colour, her extensive quest for the most accurate shades possible occupies a large part of her efforts. Whether translating the turquoise colour of the river on a particular day or the green of a specific spruce tree, the objective is to give the spectator the impression of being on-site. The search for perfect lighting is also a pivotal part of her process, of upmost importance in fact to be able to render the ephemerality of time, the vastness of a landscape under the expansiveness of sky. With the pleasure of creating something beautiful comes another benefit: “When I paint, all mental activity is on pause, I no longer have time to think!” It is well known that art creates a perfect zen moment.
Text by Isabelle Gauthier
Represented by: Galerie Clarence Gagnon
Her home facing Mont-Sainte-Anne with a view of Île d’Orléans, Claude De Lorimier…
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.
Text by Valerie Kent
Galerie Q’s full collection can be viewed online at www.galerie-q.com.
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…
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.
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…
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.
Text by Michel Bois
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…
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.
A great number of art lovers toy with the project of opening a gallery. There is however, between dream and reality, a large gap…
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.
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…