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Sylvain Coulombe

Traces of life

Artist Profile

With slanted glances, Sylvain Coulombe’s figures embed their sweet presence. Their sinuously textured, colourful faces showcased  against bare backgrounds are instantly distinguishable. But are they male or female faces? Impossible to determine, other than they are human faces.

The  artist’s intent is to portray the very soul of his subject. His large format paintings on wood leave no one indifferent: giant faces, bared of artifice, invoke a narrative the observer is eager to imagine. “Texture breathes life,” according to the artist whose process is unique. Minimizing flourishes allows him to bare the human soul and ensure that his message will be received unambiguously, as a true visceral reaction.

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Text by Isabelle Gauthier

Represented by : Galerie Blanche, Thompson Landry, Galerie L’Harmattan, Galerie d’Art AlphaLas Olas Fine Arts, Galerie Château Frontenac.

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Littorio Del Signore

Littorio Del Signore

A Tribute to the City of Montréal

Great Encounter

With his usual pleasant, jovial and generous disposition, Littorio Del Signore welcomes me to his home, having accepted to share with us chapters of his well-rounded life. Despite the sum of his accomplishments and distinctions garnered throughout his artistic career, he remains modest when discussing his countless achievements. He never sought the prizes he was awarded, he simply created paintings resplendent with light that caught the attention of a quantity of juries. Artist through and through, he is prepared to randomly recount a myriad of stories highlighting the main aspects of his 40 years of creation. “I’ve been able to live from my art ever since I came here, says the artist, I’ve never done anything else.”

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Text by Lisanne Le Tellier

To contact the artist
littoriodelsignore@hotmail.com

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Roland Palmaerts

Roland Palmaerts

Ardour and radiance

Artists from Elsewhere

Well known to art lovers, Roland Palmaerts’ body of work leaves no-one indifferent. With a flourishing career of more than thirty years, the energetic Belgian artist is the personification of passion pursued with continuously renewed creation, constant artistic implication and a determination to transcend limits.

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Texte de Isabelle Gauthier

Represented by:
Balcon dʼArt, Saint-Lambert, QC
Galerie Archambault, Lavaltrie, QC
Galerie Internationale, Québec
Galerie dʼArt Iris, Baie-Saint-Paul, QC
Galerie dʼArt Iris du Manoir Richelieu, Baie-Saint-Paul, QC
Galerie dʼArt du château DB, Mont-Tremblant, QC
Galerie dʼArt Bonheur du Jour, Magog, QC
Galerie Knowlton, Knowlton, QC
Westmount Art Gallery, Toronto, ON
Galerie du Parc, Chelsea, QC
Galerie Michel Bigué, Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts, QC
Galerie La Pièce dʼArt
Stephen Lowe Art Gallery, Calgary, AB

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Jacqueline Gosselin

Journey to the Land of Colours

Art in a Feminine Pespective

The colourful world of Jacqueline Gosselin is best defined through the impression it produces rather than through a detailed description of the pigments she uses. Phrases such as ‘imaginary journey’, ‘philosophical reverie’ or ‘vagabond moods’ seem to more accurately translate her body of work. Enter a world of visual poetry!

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By Isabelle Gauthier

More informations
Artist Website

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ALAIN BEDARD

Alain Bédard

Inspired by Colour

Delight in Dicovery

igurative painter born in Québec City, Alain Bédard began studying art at the Sainte-Foy College in 1976, where he learned graphic arts techniques for three years. In 1979, he left home for New York City where he hoped to improve his techniques. This voyage evidently had a profound impact on the young artist. “I took advantage of the opportunity to discover great museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Arts which housed works by Dali and Picasso. It opened up a whole new world for me and allowed me to better connect with art, to see what was being done. Dali was still alive when I went to New York. He is one of the painters who greatly inspired me. I painted a number of surrealistic works at the time. But, when I came back to Québec, I became aware that the public was not quite ready to accept this particular artistic style,” reflects the painter.

From 1980 to 1984, the young artist undertakes graphic com-munications studies at Québec’s Laval University. He is fortunate to have renowned artist Claude A. Simard as one of his illustration and graphic design teachers. He obtains his bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design three years later and works as graphic designer and illustrator for a number of large advertising firms in Québec. A year later, in 1985, he opens his own graphic design office and participates in several advertising campaigns in Québec until 1992.

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By Maxime Rioux

André Bédardʼs paintings scan be found in the following galleries
West End Gallery, 1203 Broad Street, Victoria, BC
Koyman Galleries, 1771 St. Laurent Blvd, Ottawa, ON
Towne Square Gallery, 94 George Street, Downtown Oakville, ON
Westmount Gallery, 88 Advance Road, Toronto, ON
Rouge Gallery, 245 3rd Avenue South, Saskatoon, SK
Chase Art Gallery, 450 Beaconsfield blvd, Beaconsfield, QC

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Joan Dumouchel

Fleeting Impressions

Great Encounter

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. Abonnez-vous au contenu de notre site internet pour lire ce texte. Subscribe to our Website content to read more


Text by Isabelle Gauthier

Represented by:

Galerie Blanche, Montréal

Iris, Baie-Saint-Paul


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…

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France Houle

When Matter is the Subject

Contemporary Realism

“No matter can be intelligible without shadow and light. Shadow and light come from light.”Leonardo da Vinci

France Houle’s matierist and abstract painting style proposes a dialogue between colour and matter. This non-academic approach to painting treats the surface of the canvas as if it was skin, with its cuts, scars and tensions, the artist without hesitation resorting to the use of scraping, scratching, lacerating and deconstructing.

Paper, fabric, plaster, oxidised metal, oil, ink and acrylic are added to the canvas and their textures modified, scuffed and scratched by passing through a press from which they re-emerge in a radiating state of unusual colourful luminosity. Abonnez-vous au contenu de notre site internet pour lire ce texte. Subscribe to our Website content to read more


Text by Michel Bois

France Houle is represented by: 
Galerie Kaf Art, 9367 Lajeunesse Street, Montreal 514 260-0591

France Houle’s matierist and abstract painting style proposes a dialogue between colour and matter. This non-academic approach to painting treats the surface of the canvas as if it was skin…

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Luc Tessier

Making Hearts Flutter with Colour

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” The work of art is born of the intelligence’s refusal to reason the concrete.” Albert Camus

Luc Tessier paints hearts. This universal symbolic representation originated in antiquity in association with the fig leave, leading us straight to Dionysus, Greek god of wine, good food and sensuality.

The symbol gains its full significance over a period of time. It was first depicted in red (colour of blood) during the Middle Ages, imparting a carnal, corporal, physical and tangible dimension. It was then conventionally believed that human sentiments emanated from the heart, hence the symbol of sensuality was easily equated with the organ, an association that still holds to this day. Abonnez-vous au contenu de notre site internet pour lire ce texte. Subscribe to our Website content to read more


Text by Michel Bois

Luc Tessier is represented by the following galleries:


Québec Art, 40 Notre-Dame Street, Quebec, Qc 418 692-8200 www.galeriequebecart.com

Galerie MP Tresart, 220 Hôtel-de-Ville Street, Durham-sud, Quebec, Qc 819 858- 2177 www.galeriemptresart.com


Galerie Dosha 922 Laurier Street, Beloeil, Qc 450 813-4737 www.dosha.ca

Guylaine Fournier, 104 Saint Jean Baptiste Street, Baie-Saint-Paul, Qc
. www.galerieguylainefournier.com

Galerie Le Bourget, 34 Saint-Paul Street west Montreal, Qc. www.leluxart.com

Luc Tessier paints hearts. This universal symbolic representation originated in antiquity in association with the fig leave, leading us straight to Dionysus, Greek god of wine, good food and sensuality…

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Danou-Lynn

Keeping an Element of Mystery

On Exhibit

Danielle Tremblay very early made the decision to use an artist’s name, first to dissociate herself from the great number of people bearing the Tremblay name in Quebec and also to manifest her uniqueness as a creator. “I don’t like comparisons, for even if we find commonalities among people or things, nothing is ever exactly the same,” states the artist.

Her family members having been calling her Danou since childhood, it is an obvious choice to which she adjoins her middle name. Hence not entirely fictitious as it is important for her to be herself and maintain her identity. Though it might seem trite at first glance, this simple merge offers us a glimpse of the two poles that characterise her works, namely the high level of imagination they display anchored in a basic style of figurative realism. Danou, is the unbounded wonder of youth, living in a fantasy world and connected to the very heart of creativity. Lynn, is the more formal setting that defines reality, man and his reflections, as well as the connections with matter. Abonnez-vous au contenu de notre site internet pour lire ce texte. Subscribe to our Website content to read more


Text by Lisanne LeTellier

Art lovers may also visit her website at: www.danoulynn.com.

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OTTAWA

If you want to see what the future of Canadian art looks like then the National Gallery will be exhibiting the Sobey Art Award short list from October 6, 2016 to January 15, 2017.

Previously hosted by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia the awards and the exhibition have been moved to the nation’s capital in a bid to provide a greater domestic and international platform for promoting the chosen artists.

The Sobey Art Award is worth $50,000 and is for artists under the age of 40. Over the past dozen years of its existence has generally been seen as helping launch the careers of both the winners and the artists who make the short list. Short list artists have worked in installation, video, sound, painting, sculpture, music, dance and land-based art. The nominees include Jeremy Shaw, representing the West Coast & Yukon, Brenda Draney, representing the Prairies & North, Charles Stankievech, representing Ontario, Hajra Waheed representing Quebec and William Robinson representing Atlantic Canada.

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Claude Gauthier

Giving Free Rein to Imagination

Great Encounter

Accessing the imaginary world of Claude Gauthier means following a path filled with radiant colours and symbols. His dreamlike and whimsical works invite the viewer on an ethereal journey the sense of which only he can interpret.

The art of Claude Gauthier never goes unnoticed: bright colours, subjects depicted on abstract backgrounds, graphic textures and composition, all vigorously catch the eye. These visual design qualities are the result of a long career in graphic arts with Radio-Canada. Where art begins and illustration ends is an indeterminate point that is characteristic of his body of work. An open door to the realm of fantasy, his art emits a juvenile aura which he explains thusly: “It may seem a bit childish, but that’s normal for I’m still a child!” His fantasy landscapes are filled with varied objects that are repeatedly featured in his paintings: houses, vases, horses. Without any precise narrative, his unbridled creations leave room to the imagination and free interpretation. Abonnez-vous au contenu de notre site internet pour lire ce texte. Subscribe to our Website content to read more


Text by Isabelle Gauthier

Represented by: Galerie Lydia Monaro, Vieux-Montréal Galerie Michel Bigué, Saint-Sauveur

 

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Carole Doucet

When words take shape

Delight in Discovery

Powerful and technically polished, Carole Doucet’s artworks are above all spiritual messengers on a humanitarian mission that far outreaches the art world from which they emerge.

Based on words of holistic wisdom, her works are constructed around a warm and mineral palette expressing the glowing spirit of the Psalms of David, the Song of Solomon, or the wise proverbs and quotes from which they emanate. ” The goal is to connect the emotion with the idea, freely, without worry about performance. is action will be extended through the spectator’s own perception, corresponding to his particular reality,” says the artist. Abonnez-vous au contenu de notre site internet pour lire ce texte. Subscribe to our Website content to read more


Text by Lisanne LeTellier

Powerful and technically polished, Carole Doucet’s artworks are above all spiritual messengers on a humanitarian mission that far outreaches the art world from which…

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Dominique Normand

Celebrating native culture

Artist Profil

The Laurentians region abounds with marvellously quaint villages nestled in the heart of the mountains, flooded with sunlight for the pleasure of residents and vacationers. On a road bordered by century-old white pines with needles that tickle the sky, I am on my way to meet with an artist whose production will reveal an unexpected wealth of riches.

As I drive on, I have the feeling that the mountains have never been so green, that the vegetation has never been so luxuriant than in this summer of 2016. All along my route, magnificent cinnamon ferns lurk in the shadows, in contrast with the gor- ged-in-light background. Abonnez-vous au contenu de notre site internet pour lire ce texte. Subscribe to our Website content to read more


Text by Robert Lafontaine

 

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Marie-Claude Courteau

The Essentiality of Light

Art in a Feminine Perspective

Once Marie-Claude Courteau gets an idea in her head, she feels a compelling need to paint, an uncontrollable urge to immediately start working to elaborate her vision and find a way to make it burst with light.

“There is no colour without light. Light is what changes everything!”, she exclaims. This constant preoccupation with luminosity frames her whole artistic process. It is the motor that drives her movements in her effort to magnify the sublime beauty of nature she loves so much. Her great wish is to be able to not only feature but emphasize the abundant richness of nature, far more valuable in her eyes than any material property. “Nothing is as genuine as nature,” says the artist. A visit to Paris in 1983, notably to Monet’s gardens in Giverny, forever changes her approach to art. She begins working with a brighter palette, crea- ting areas of colour in a less polished style, thus leaving more room to the imagination. Her study sessions with Chui Wang also help transform how she looks at things, hence perceiving subtler colours guiding her towards more nuanced tonalities.

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Text by Lisanne LeTellier

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Jean-Claude Poitras

Above All, I am a Creator

On Exhibit

“Fashion becomes out of date, style never does!”Coco Chanel

It’s by drawing and then moulding paper shapes on mannequins that the fashion designer has been able to elaborate his ideas, materialize his visions and realize his wishes. An initial outline always serving as starting point, which is also the case in painting and sculpture.

Chalk lines or ink threads on fine China or Japan paper. Silhouetted figures in an amalgam of lines in motion that capture the eye. In drawing as in sculpture, the fashion designer flouts rules and conventions to rather dive into an abundance of knowledge acquired through cultural sharing. He is constantly seeking to further extend the boundaries of creativity. Abonnez-vous au contenu de notre site internet pour lire ce texte. Subscribe to our Website content to read more


Text by Michel Bois

Jean-Claude Poitras at Galerie Québec Art, 40 Notre-Dame Street, Québec Qc . Vernissages: Septembre 14, 15, 16, 2016.
For information: 418 692-8200

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Rodolphe Duguay (1891-1973)

A Spirit of Nature

Canadian Masters

“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. Abonnez-vous au contenu de notre site internet pour lire ce texte. Subscribe to our Website content to read more


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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…

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TORONTO

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.

Summer 2016

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To the Beat of the River

Claude De Lorimier

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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.  Abonnez-vous au contenu de notre site internet pour lire ce texte. Subscribe to our Website content to read more


Text by Isabelle Gauthier

Represented by: Galerie Clarence Gagnon

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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…

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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…

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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

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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…

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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?
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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…

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Nathalie Voisine

The Mystery and the Emotion

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“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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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Nathalie Frenière

Luminous Impressions

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“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…

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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

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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

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Official Website : magazinart.com

Twitter : twitter.com/magazinart

Facebook : facebook.com/magazinart

Pinterest : pinterest.com/magazinart

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OTTAWA

The Alexander Colville exhibition at the National Gallery is running until September 7, 2015 and although I have mentioned it before I feel it must be mentioned again because the chance of this many paintings, more than 250, as well as more than a hundred preparatory drawings is rare. In short, the exhibition probably contains every image painted by this iconic Canadian artist you will ever want to see.

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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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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.

 

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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

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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

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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

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Mance Di

Asserted Freedom

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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…

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Oeuvre de Chantal Malek

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

 

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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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TORONTO

It may now be time for something a little more modern and the Art Gallery of Ontario will be showing Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time until May 10, 2015. Basquiat made a reputation for himself in New York City during the late 1980s and that reputation soon became international. Basquiat was black and his art confronted racism, identity and social tension. This is the first retrospective of Basquiat’s work to be shown in Canada and consists of close to 85 large scale paintings and drawings from private collections and public museums across Europe and North America.

Spring 2015

It may now be time for something a little more modern and the Art Gallery of Ontario will be showing Jean-Michel Basquiat…

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MAGAZINART SEASON IN ART

QUEBEC CITY

The Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec is promising those who devoted to Japanese art one heck of a time with Japan, The Great Seduction, running from June 11, 2015 – September 27, 2015. The exhibition draws on the famous collection of Japanese art at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and consists of 130 works including pieces in lacquer and silver, paintings, photographs and prints. The Quebec City showing is the only stop in Canada. The exhibition promises to explore the Western world’s fascination with Japanese art and its powerful influence.

It seems, however, that Boston Museum of Fine Arts has kept some of its more famous works at home. From April 5, 2015 – August 9, 2015 the museum will be exhibiting Hokusai, whose images are perhaps the most widely recognized of any Japanese artist. Katsushika Hokusai, 1760-1849, was the first Japanese artist to be internationally recognized. Some of the masterworks on display will be Under the Wave Off Kanagawa from the legendary series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji and the brilliantly coloured multi-panel screen painting Phoenix.

Spring 2015

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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.

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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

 

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