Art in a Feminine Perspective
“Painting someone’s portrait always becomes a self-portrait of the artist who lends to it the virtues he wishes to see in the mirror.” – Patrick Deville
Softness and sensitivity, plays of light and shadows reminiscent of Renaissance masterpieces: painter Marie Montiel’s creativity is a glorious gift to us all. A body of work full of grace and poetry! A little night music for the eyes! A vision of the human experience expressed with restraint and modesty! Without sentimentality! Without artifice! Marie Montiel is one of those painters blessed with monumental culture. Here is a fresh and acute talent that de-lights us with deliciously intimate canvases that speak to the soul. To achieve this goal, Marie Montiel carefully selects her models, most often among her group of friends: actors, singers and pain- ters, like her.
By Michel Bois
Softness and sensitivity, plays of light and shadows reminiscent of Renaissance masterpieces: painter Marie Montiel’s creativity is a glorious gift to…
Form, Volume and Space
Born in Barcelona, Xavier Raventós is Catalan, as have been many preceding ge- nerations. Xavier, ‘Javier’ in Spanish, has an Inuit sculptor’s eye who, readying himself to work on bare rock of the Great North, seeks the specific piece of stone that already embodies a bird, another ani- mal or a human form. Others, sculptors and poets, walk the beaches to pick-up whatever the sea has abandoned in the sand such as pieces of driftwood whitened by salt and polished by surf. Xavier Raventós, for his part, collects scrap metal; corroded objects that bear ingrained history which they recount to him, no lon- ger silent witnesses of an ancestral life.
By Christiane Frenay
Meeting set-up through the intermediary of Mrs. Anny Alric, Director, organization of Exhibitions at the Médiathèque of Céret, France.
Born in Barcelona, Xavier Raventós is Catalan, as have been many preceding ge- nerations. Xavier, ‘Javier’ in Spanish…
Delight in Discovery
Rendering the invisible perceptible to others, share with them her sensibilities, what captivates and enchants her, is the artistic path José Duclos has taken and continues to follow with renewed en- thusiasm and happiness. The delicate lightness and translucency of watercolours allow her to express, with equal eloquence, intimacy and outrageousness, shadow and light, fullness and emptiness. She adores the unpredictability of the medium, the effects of colour and water, tonalities that blend on the humid paper and metamor- phose themselves during the drying process.
By Catherine Guex
*Suggested reading: “La passagère du vent”, a fascinating autobiography published by Albin Michel (2003).
Rendering the invisible perceptible to others, share with them her sensibilities, what captivates and enchants her…
There is something new in Montreal. Something bold and explosive in talent that makes pedestrians open their eyes wide with delight and automobiles slow down abruptly; something that sprinkles exoticism and magic at the angle of Sherbrooke and Saint-Laurent Streets. Indeed, since November 19th, 2013, a huge siren named Baladi, an impressive and majestic five me- ter sculpture, bedazzles all those who cross her path. Designed and realized by Mon- treal sculptor Joe Jbeily, it spreads out in orange-coloured and sunny cedar wood. Sensually, she unfolds her veil of steel cables, a distinguishing feature of the artist’s work. Installed in front of the premises of the branding Agency TM, whose founder and president is Jbeily, it preluded the inau- guration of the sculptor’s art gallery, Gallery 65, where his work is exhibited.
Source : Agence TM
There is something new in Montreal. Something bold and explosive in talent that makes pedestrians open their eyes wide with delight…
One day, as children ran out of school, an aspiring artist happened to notice them. Their joy, their lightness of being, their carefree attitude captured her attention and this expression of pure joy became her leitmotiv.
Pauline Paquin‘s canvases are filled with childhood moments of daily life. Her colourful scenes, with their lot of naivety, are pleasing for the eyes and inevitably generate smiles. “Children colour my life,” says the artist whose career spans three decades. It is the essence of the artist to marvel at mere details that are generally overlooked by the masses. She channels her inspiration onto the canvas, highlighting and sealing her final vision in full colours.
By Isabelle Gauthier
Pauline Paquin is represented by:
Galerie Pauline T. Paquin, St-Sauveur
Galerie Le Balcon d’Art, Saint-Lambert
Galerie 2000, Montréal
Chase Art Gallery, Beaconsfield
Galerie 88, Vancouver, à Artym, Vancouver
Galerie La Pinsonnière, La Malbaie
Pauline Paquin’s canvases are filled with childhood moments of daily life. Her colourful scenes, with their lot of naivety, are…
In terms of National patrimony it looks as if this spring will bring in a bumper crop. In beautiful Quebec City the Musee National des beaux arts has been in the process of reorganizing itself with a new pavilion being due in 2015.
In the meantime a certain reshuffling has already taken place and the MNBAQ is reopening the Charles Baillairge Pavillion af ter restoring it, with four exhibitions in gal- leries dedicated to the following Quebec modern masters: Jean-Paul Lemieux: Of Si- lence and Space; Alfred Pellan: The Wide Awake Dreamer; Fernand Leduc: Painter of Light; and Jean-Paul Riopelle: Metamorphoses. The museum is also creating a permanent exhibition for Leduc, the first time the artist has been so honoured.
The exhibition offers lovers of Quebec modern art the opportunity to see several masterpieces which are currently held by private hands but which have been leant to the museum for a limited time.
These include Jean-Paul Lemieux’s Julie et L’universe, 1965, and 1910 remembered, 1962 which will be on view until June 30, 2014. As well Alfred Pellan’s most impres- sive murals, Canada Est and Canada Ouest, 1943, will be shown in Quebec for the first time since they were commissioned by the federal government in 1943.
In terms of National patrimony it looks as if this spring will bring in a bumper crop. In beautiful Quebec City the Musee…
There’s no place like Ottawa in the spring, especially if the tulips are out. If you need a reason to visit, The Charles Edenshaw exhibition that wowed Vancouver has picked up stakes and moved to the National Gallery of Canada and will be showing from March 7 to May 25, 2014.
Edenshaw lived from 1829 to 1920. He was descended from a long line of Haida carvers and in turn his descendents, ran- ging from Bill Reid to James Hart, are among the most distinguished Haida carvers of their day. He worked with wood, silver, argillite and painted the hats his wife wove.
He combined traditional Haida design with an innovative and elegant personal style that helped raise Northwest Coast art to new heights. The exhibition consists of more than 80 works that have been bor- rowed from public and private collections across North America.
Haida art is one of the most powerful art forms that this country has ever given birth to. If you are at all interested in design this exhibition is a must see.
Also on at the NGC’s Rideau Chapel is Janet Cardiff: 40-Part Motet. The sound sculpture is a reworking of Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis a 16th-century English composer in which 40 individually recorded choir voices are played through 40 speakers positioned around the chapel. The only way I can imagine this is as if you were standing or sitting in an audience and the performers were placed throughout the crowd.
There’s no place like Ottawa in the spring, especially if the tulips are out. If you need a reason to visit, The…
Meanwhile down in Kingston, the quiet largesse of influential alumni has been slow ly transforming Queen’s University’s Agness Etherington Art Centre into a major North American hub for European painting and one of the largest repositories for European art in Canada.
Rembrandt’s Circle: Making History, running until December 30, 2014 makes this clear. The exhibition examines how Rembrandt and his circle worked in narra- tive or historical genres. Half the works in the show stem from the 68 works which were recently donated by Alfred and Isabel Bader which are joining the 130 earlier pieces the couple has donated.
Meanwhile down in Kingston, the quiet largesse of influential alumni has been slow ly transforming Queen’s University’s…
In Toronto the Art Gallery of Ontario is mounting Francis Bacon and Henry Moore which consists of over 60 works by the two major British artists. The show runs from april 5 to July 20, 2014. Each piece of Moore’s sculpture is matched with a painting by Bacon to explore the two’s joint obsession with form.
In Toronto the Art Gallery of Ontario is mounting Francis Bacon and Henry Moore which consists of over 60…
” Painting a landscape means transposing the sensation of energy and movement it procures to the painter. “ – Henri Bergson
Yves Ayotte was born in 1955 in Bois-des-Filion, in the Laurentians. Shortly thereafter his family moved to Three-Rivers where the future artist spends most of his youth into adulthood. Enamoured with painting from a very young age, in 1978 he chooses the path of creation by enrolling in a BA visual arts program dispensed by Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. However, the curriculum, at that time, is mostly geared towards the exploration of materials and geometric abstraction, and in no way touches on the tech- nique the painter wished to acquire.
The artist thus found himself forced to develop his own technique, in a self-taught manner and rather secretly, painting being regarded then as a mere hobby by his family and society at large. Indeed, he felt he had to check his enthusiasm in view of the general bias then held against the practice of art which, it was contended, necessarily marginalized the artist. And this, even though his own father, who worked as a policeman, was a direct cousin of the master Léo Ayotte!
By Michel Bois
Yves Ayotte is represented by: Galerie Iris, in Baie-Saint-Paul, Qc.,
Galerie Christine Genets, in Cap-Santé, Qc.,
Galerie Les règles de l’art, in Saint-Sauveur, Qc.,
Galerie Lumière au Pinceau, in Grand-Mère, Qc.
Yves Ayotte was born in 1955 in Bois-des-Filion, in the Laurentians. Shortly thereafter his family moved to Three-Rivers…