“A painting and its painter part ways when they no longer need one another. When the painting can no longer nourish the painter, when the painter can no longer nourish his painting.” – Christian Bobin
A master painter once said: “If you start working on a painting and already see it completed in your mind, abandon the project and start another; your painting is already done,” relates the artist to his students. He adds: “A painting comes to life as it is being created.”
For two years now, Guy Brassard has had the opportunity of teaching drawing and oil painting to diverse groups of students. He urges them to step out of their comfort zone, to forego the safety of photographs and let themselves be guided by their instinct, by what radiates from within. An intuitive painter, he teaches them how to observe and interpret, to trust themselves, to loosen-up. “An artist must remain open to the unexpected, welcome surprises and accidents,” says the teacher. “The canvas will speak to you!” A conversation occurs between the painter and his painting. During the process of creation, it invites him to apply such a colour, to draw a particular shape. Once a work is completed, a painter might say, for example, that this barn’s blue roof simply could not have been painted in another colour; this shade of blue naturally imposed itself to him along the process.
Text by Anny Brassard
A painting and its painter part ways when…
From November 9th – December 3rd, 2017, France Jodoin’s highly anticipated new series, Otherness, is arriving at the Thompson Landry Gallery. France Jodoin’s solo showing will feature the artist’s signature impressionistic work and her penchant for rendering both landscapes of the past as well as landscapes born from the stretches of the mind’s eye.
This exhibition will include 28 new oil paintings of a variety of subject matters including: seascapes, cityscapes, florals, lighthouses, studies of monkeys, as well as timeless scenes of daily life. France Jodoin’s declared interest in the conception of Otherness, or more specifically, other places, other times, other people, even other species, all are watched over with care and intimacy in her latest works. She achieves this timely presence of “The Other” by treating paint, a fluid medium, as the elemental force driving her narratives, in which mere depiction defers to an atmospheric quality that invites the eye to linger and into which the viewer then becomes enmeshed. Otherness is an extension of France Jodoin’s captivating body of work that transports its onlookers to their own imaginations.
Attached to this email is a press release, evite and several images showing the diversity of the Otherness series by France Jodoin. We hope you will come take a look at these extraordinary works in person!
To view all the works available by France Jodoin, please visit our website at http://www.thompsonlandry.com/ artists/a_jodoin.html
For more information, images, or to set up an interview with the artist, please contact Joanne Thompson at 416-364-4955 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Artist: France Jodoin
Exhibition Dates: November 9th – December 3rd, 2017
Location: Thompson Landry Gallery, Stone Distillery at 32 Distillery Lane, Toronto
Opening Reception: November 9th, 2017 6am – 9pm
Artist will be in attendance
France Jodoin’s highly anticipated new series, Otherness, is arriving at the Thompson Landry Gallery…