Galerie Jeannine Blais
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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.

The tramontana, that gale force wind from the Pyrénées, is fiercely blowing on the old town. In a corner of the city square…

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The Zénon Alary Museum

An Extraordinary Museum

Portrait

My first visit to the Zénon Alary museum in Mont-Rolland so impressed me, I couldn’t understand how an establishment of such high quality, while untraditional, wasn’t more widely known throughout the Laurentians region.

Without the dedication of a team of volunteers and the unrelenting efforts of its founder, Simone Constantineau, the museum project would probably have long fizzled-out.

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 Texte de Robert Lafontaine

My first visit to the Zénon Alary museum in Mont-Rolland so impressed me, I couldn’t understand how an establishment of such high quality, while…

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Shokichi Sato

When Forms are Shaped through Sentiment

Forms, Volume and Space

“We must content ourselves to discover and never try to explain.” Georges Braque.

Bronze is a traditional material of ancient heritage. It is a preferred medium of sculptors due to the feasibility of juxtaposing in one élan sparkling smooth surfaces and textured details of minute finesse. This being said, the present day volition to produce artworks in bronze is interesting as it testifies to how perfectly this material can be adapted to contemporary expressions.

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Texte by Michel Bois

Shokichi Sato is represented by : Galerie Jean-Pierre Valentin, Montréal ; Galerie Michel-Ange, Montréal ; Galerie Yvon Desgagnés, Baie-Saint-Paul ; Galerie Dimension Plus, Montréal ; Galerie d’art du Mont-Ste-Anne, Beaupré

 

Bronze is a traditional material of ancient heritage. It is a preferred medium of sculptors due to the feasibility of juxtaposing in one élan sparkling smooth…

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Francine Laurin

The Pursuit of Beauty

Forms, Volume and Space 

Arched back, hands outstretched towards heaven: Francine Laurin’s sculptures have an ethereal quality. Filled with a sense of wonder at their grace and airiness, we readily forget they are cast in bronze.

Born in Lachute, Québec, in 1951, the artist always knew she would embark on a creative path. At 10 years of age, she was fascinated with Armand Vaillancourt’s burnt wood sculptures. After a few initial attempts and a first exhibition of ceramic figures, she starts exploring a variety of materials and soon develops a true passion for sculpture. She begins her artistic training with plastic art studies at the Cégep level, followed by studies in painting, sculpture and ceramics at UQAM.

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 Text by Isabelle Gauthier

The artist is represented by : Galerie Symbole Art, Galerie Clarence Gagnon, Galerie d’art du Château Frontenac, Galerie d’art La Marée Montante

 

Arched back, hands outstretched towards heaven: Francine Laurin’s sculptures have an ethereal quality. Filled with a sense of wonder at their grace and airiness…

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Jacinthe Lagueux

Luminescent presence of the feminine body

Forms, volume and space

“Light can be diffused, fleeting, changing, capricious even. It knows all the tricks. Th us is it difficult to be satisfied with one’s work, however beautiful it may be!” – Rosal de Sainte-Croix, master glazer.

In all forms of advertising, from the simple poster to giant billboards, in cinema and television, on t-shirts and shopping bags, women are most often then not depicted in superficial, toxic and even pernicious fashion in our society. This being said, how refreshing it is to meet a woman, a talented artist, who embraces her freedom of action and innate sensibility and presents us with sculpted creations featuring the feminine body in an effort to shed some light on the notion of objective beauty! Artist Jacinthe Lagueux is passionate about thermoformed glass sculpture and has exhibited her works on numerous occasions in the past. Hence are we able to testify to the evolution of this brilliant artist, in full command of her craft, who diffuses her radiant sensitivity through sparkling luminous works.

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Text by Michel Bois

In all forms of advertising, from the simple poster to giant billboards, in cinema and television, on t-shirts and shopping bags, women are most often then not depicted…

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Ginette Laplante

Naïve Art Cast in Bronze

Form, Volume and Space

In Québec, Ginette Laplante is a renowned artist in the field of naïve painting. Her colourful and expressive universe, tinted with humour and full of lightness, has charmed an ever increasing public for more than 20 years. If the artist, native of Drummondville, has gained recognition through her oil paintings, she has lately found a new passion: bronze sculpture.

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Text by Dominic Villeneuve

In Québec, Ginette Laplante is a renowned artist in the field of naïve painting. Her colourful and expressive universe…

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Chantal Gauvreau

Of Stone and Light

Form, volume and space

Established in Weedon, Eastern Townships, sculptor Chantal Gauvreau is without a doubt one of the most reputed artists of the Montérégie region and beyond, also known for her generous and enthusiastic personality.

Born in the Gaspésie region in a theatre loving family, she is passionate about travelling and reading. It is therefore without regret – we might even say without surprise – that she disregards her diploma in Economic science obtained from the University of Sherbrooke to initially turn towards jewellery design in order to give free reign to her creativity. Then she discovers the works of Patricio Rivera, Chilean sculptor and musician, who was forced to flee his country’s military dictatorship during the 70s. He established himself in Sherbrooke, Québec, where he created copper murals inspired from African primitive art. That’s when Chantal Gauvreau reorients her own artistic path towards metal sculpture. She quickly achieves success and, in 1990, receives the Eastern Townships Grand Award in Arts and crafts and becomes a member of the Sculptors Association of Montérégie.

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Text by Catherine Guex

 

Established in Weedon, Eastern Townships, sculptor Chantal Gauvreau is without a doubt one of the most reputed artists…

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