In a La Presse article dated April 14th 2014, Montréal Canadians General Manager, Marc Bergevin, mentions a painting he has purchased that follows him everywhere: a canvas depicting children playing hockey in a lane, painted by Lise Labbé. The artist was overtaken with emotion as she read this statement. “There is no better tonic than the acknowledgement of the public.” For this hockey enthusiast, the compliment was even more soothing.
Text by Isabelle Gauthier
Le Balcon d’Art, Saint-Lambert
Chase Gallery, Beaconsfield
Galerie 2000, Montréal
Galerie Iris, Baie-St-Paul
Galerie Robert Senneville, Sherbrooke
Koyman Galleries, Ottawa
In a La Presse article dated April 14th 2014, Montréal Canadians General Manager, Marc Bergevin, mentions a painting he has purchased that follows him everywhere…
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.
Text by Dominic Villeneuve
In Québec, Ginette Laplante is a renowned artist in the field of naïve painting. Her colourful and expressive universe…
Chicoutimi is truly magnificent! Its heritage buildings, its picturesque homes and the majestic Saguenay River, make of it a most enjoyable place to stay. It’s in this corner of Québec, which has witnessed the blossoming of Arthur Villeneuve, that we meet a gallery owner whose business has been well-established in the city for 35 years.
Chantale Hudon made her start in this highly specialized trade at a very early age, her mother, Pâquerette Hudon, having opened shop at this location in 1976, following painter Albert Rousseau’s recommendation. From then on, her daughter showed marked interest in the art milieu and, overtime, acquired a level of experience and knowledge of the art market that is today inestimable. Chantale Hudon officially took over the management of La Corniche gallery in 1998.
“As gallery owners, we are required to accomplish a great number of tasks and shoulder important costs: insurance, occupation of premises, management of artworks and of the website, reception of visitors, presentation of artists; this is all part of the trade and I have always loved my work. We must also build-up a network of contacts, sit on cultural committees, participate in money-raising drives; in short implicate ourselves fully in our community. All this takes time, but is essential if we wish to ensure some kind of regional success,” states Mrs Hudon. Our host is also a member of the Québec Association of Professional Gallery Owners, a group of art dealers who share a passion, which allows her to communicate with her peers and discuss art market trends in large cities as well as in the regions.
Chantale Hudon reserves a section of her gallery for local and regional creators, those sensitive, creative and talented artists, such as Gilles Jobin, Michel Fedak and others, who spice-up the walls with local flavour. There are also paintings from Léo-Paul Tremblé, a well-renowned Saguenay born artist. The main floor holds a varied collection: paintings from different artists such as Mario Bouchard, Gérard Dansereau, Ann Saint-Gelais, bronzes from Claude Hazanavicius, sculptures from Fedak as well as Inuit art. On the second floor are featured great masters’ paintings: Cosgrove, Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Albert Rousseau, Henri Masson, Marcelle Ferron, Léon Bellefleur, among others. We find ourselves in a veritable museum!
“A majority of people associate visual arts with Charlevoix. But we have in our mists an excellent collection of great Québecois artists. Chicoutimi has in the past been very active in the art world. The city was home to quite a large number of galleries, which in turn attracted some of the most renowned painters and allowed collectors to acquire works of art of the highest quality. But our customer base has changed over the years and even more since the arrival of the Internet which lets you change your mind with the click of a mouse. But, the Web is also beneficial to us, helping us increase our visibility and sales, by facilitating and exponentially widening the access to our bank of artists,” explains Mrs. Hudon. “Long gone is the charming era when women visited the galleries on Main Street on Sundays, dressed in their best garbs, often taking the opportunity to purchase a painting destined to be offered as a wedding gift or other special occasion. Today’s young customer is more impulsive, mostly making spur of the moment’s purchases.”
This enjoyable visit and discussion ends as painter Jobin enters the premises, as well as a young student needing help with a school project. Their turn to be warmly received by the affable gallery owner!
Text by Robert Lafontaine
Chicoutimi is truly magnificent! Its heritage buildings, its picturesque homes and the majestic Saguenay River, make of it a most enjoyable place to stay…
They’ve gone hog wild in Hogtown over Alex Colville and so they should. Colville died last July and now the Art Gallery of Ontario is mounting the largest exhibition of the artist’s work to date in his honour. Alex Colville August 23-July 4, 2015. Colville was well known for being his own man and that manifested itself in his style which could be described as magic realism in which there is always the sense that some kind of uneasy question is lurking around the corner. Something disquieting is about to happen that will forever change the person who witnesses it. This sense of impending doom may very well have been the result of his service as a war artist during the Second World War.
Colville was a remarkable artist and famed for his abilities as a draftsman. He had an international reputation and in Canada some of his images have become iconic as maple syrup. The exhibition is made up of more than 100 works and includes the following pictures: Horse and Train, To Prince Edward Island, Woman in Bathtub and Target, Pistol and Man.
They’ve gone hog wild in Hogtown over Alex Colville and so they should. Colville died last July and now the Art Gallery of Ontario is mounting the largest exhibition…
Moving on from looking at the past to inspiring the future The Tate Modern in London is showing Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs from April 17-September 7, 2014. When you look at the cut outs one of the questions you end up walking away with is whether or not there would have been a Pop Art explosion in the 1960‘s without the influence of Matisse’s work. Matisse worked on the cut-outs in his old age starting when he was 71, recovering from radical colon surgery and confined to either a wheelchair or bed. He couldn’t work at an easel but he could shape form and colour by using scissors, coloured paper and pins to attach them to the wall. Eventually Matisse would have an assistant pin the pieces of a work against the wall and finally they would be taken down and framed in glass. Matisse worked for the last 13 years of life on the cut-outs. There are 130 cut-outs in the show and some of them are very large.
Moving on from looking at the past to inspiring the future The Tate Modern in London is showing Henri Matisse: The Cut- Outs…
Art and the Sea
LO was born in France in 1964. He spent his childhood in Gorcy, a quaint Lorraine village near Longwy. As a child he dreamed of becoming a cartoonist. He obtains his bachelor’s degree in micromechanics and then leaves for the Côte d’Azur where he works seasonally as camp counsellor. His childhood dream remains with him, although surf, wind and sea have temporarily dampened his interest. He finally enrols with the School of Fine Arts in Toulon, France, but only upon completion of his first fresco, painted in Côte d’Azur in 1989, does he seriously consider pursuing a professional artistic career as a painter.
Text by HélèneCaroline Fournier
LO was born in France in 1964. He spent his childhood in Gorcy, a quaint Lorraine village near Longwy. As a child he dreamed of becoming a cartoonist…
Toronto-based painter Teresa Nice paints bold luscious luminescent still lifes and the occasional portrait. Once, as an experiment, she painted a four foot by six foot full length portrait of two adolescent boys, Dex and Eric. Nice doesn’t think she will do another large painting because it took too long to paint and because her studio is small, she had a hard time backing up far enough to get a really good look at the work while she was doing it.
Text by Noel Meyer
Teresa Nice is represented by the Westmount Gallery of Toronto
Toronto-based painter Teresa Nice paints bold luscious luminescent still lifes and the occasional portrait. Once, as an experiment, she painted a four foot…
« Abstraction lives in its own dimension and time. It only becomes a work of art through an artist’s unguarded actions… »
– André Malraux
Michel Soulières has a passion for painting. A need that must absolutely be filled, an irresistible obsession, almost a compulsion! In his sleep, he dreams about the joys of painting. Early in the morning, before making breakfast for his children, he tries to capture the images that came to him during the night. Otherwise, his creative élan must be relegated to the weekends and any other free moments when he is not working as a house painter, a job that helps provide for daily necessities and at which he excels notably when marble and granite faux finishes are involved. The latter, needlessto- say, he mostly performs in prestigious locations and on a large scale.
Text by Michel Bois
Michel Soulières is represented by the Beauchamp Galleries in Québec and in Toronto.
Michel Soulières has a passion for painting. A need that must absolutely be filled, an irresistible obsession, almost a compulsion! In his sleep…
“Life is simple for those who do not seek to understand, because they are either naïve or very intelligent. But those that are neither naïve enough, nor intelligent enough, do not find any answer to their questions.” – Samuel-Joseph Agnon
Claudine Hébert’s distinctive paintings prove that there is no need to travel very far to find yourself in a different universe. The voyage takes form in the painter’s head and is reflected in her art. Too bad for those who cannot comprehend! To paint spontaneously, without any set theory or specific knowledge, classifies the artist as a “naïve” painter. To paint the collective subconsciousness or daily life by instinct, while being totally aware of effects of colour, of rules of proportion and composition, attaches the “popular art” label. Trained as a graphic designer, Claudine Hébert, sails between the expressive colours, the humour, the knowledge and the sense of wonder inherent to both appellations. The painter, thus, transcends the genres. And, as is true for all Naïve and Popular artists, she wishes to bequeath spectators with important moments of her own life.
Text by Michel Bois
Claudine Hébert is represented by Galerie Jeannine Blais, 102 Main Street, North Hatley.
Claudine Hébert’s distinctive paintings prove that there is no need to travel very far to find yourself…
Delight in Discovery
Gisèle Rivard has long been aware that all things are broader in scope than solely perceived through the senses. Fascinated with the role light plays in our living systems, she goes as far as analyzing the optical spectrum to better understand its principles, much as a scientist tries to comprehend the manifestations of various environmental phenomena to better integrate their laws. “The source of light lies at a great distance, it comes from the stars and has a far-reaching influence on our lives. Light’s energy is essential to us, for without it, we simply can’t distinguish anything. It’s extraordinarily interesting! ”
Text by Lisanne LeTellier
Gisèle Rivard’s works can be seen on the websites of Académie Internationale des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Société canadienne de l’aquarelle, as well as her own virtual gallery. They are also found at Galerie Vigneault in Repentigny.
Gisèle Rivard has long been aware that all things are broader in scope than solely perceived through the senses. Fascinated with the role light plays in our living systems…
For the long weekend, we are pleased to offer full access to Lise Labbé paper.
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For the long weekend, we are pleased to offer full access to Lise Labbé paper. It will be available until Monday, September 1st . You have the weekend to read, share and discover this artist appreciated by many collectors including Marc Bergevin, CEO of Canadian hockey team. Click the blue button below to read the article.
If you happen to be in New York the Metropolitain Museum of Art is showing The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy British Art and Design from May 20-October 26, 2014. The Pre-Raphaelites were the bad boys of the Victorian art community and as an aside, were also responsible for reintroducing the sandal as acceptable footwear. Fortunately the strength of their abilities makes up for this fashion foible. Inspired by medieval and Renaissance art from before the time of Raphael they attempted and in many cases succeeded in producing art that was vivid, sincere and uplifting. The show consists of some 30 objects from the Museum and from private collections and focuses on the second generation Pre-Raphaelites Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Works on display include paintings, drawings, furniture, ceramics, stained glass, textiles and book illustrations. While the Pre-Raphaelites influenced later art movements such as the Symbolists, the Arts and Crafts Movement and Surrealism they also, through the home furnishings produced by William Morris’ Morris and Company strongly influenced furniture and textile design.
If you happen to be in New York the Metropolitain Museum of Art is showing The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy British Art…
Some time ago the governments of France and The United Arab Emirates, reached a cultural agreement. France and French museums would help build and stock a new museum called The Louvre Abu Dhabi in Abu Dhabi. From May 2-July 28, 2014, the Paris Louvre will be exhibiting 150 of the finest masterpieces which are destined to fill the halls at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which will start out in life with a collection of 600 works. On display will be ancient jewellry, paintings by Jordaens, Manet and Magritte, a previously unseen papier colle by Picasso and nine paintings by the recently deceased American artist Cy Twombly. The new museum will open in December 2015.
Some time ago the governments of France and The United Arab Emirates, reached a cultural agreement…
The National Gallery is doing an excellent job of taking us back to the care free days of a summer childhood by hosting Gustave Doré (1832-1883): Master of Imagination from June 13-September 14, 2014. Some of you may be quibbling at this point with my use of childhood, but I maintain that most of the people who will visit the Doré show will in some way be brought back to their childhoods because of the universal influence his illustrations have had on children’s books and illustrations.
If you haven’t seen Doré’s work in its original form then the chances are you have seen his style used by someone else to less effect in a child’s book. While best known now as a powerful illustrator Doré was also a noted painter and sculptor. The exhibition consists of a hundred works ranging from prints to drawing to sculptures and paintings.
The National Gallery is doing an excellent job of taking us back to the care free days of a summer childhood by hosting Gustave Doré (1832-1883): Master of Imagination from June 13-September 14, 2014…
I’ve often thought that the view from the roof of a building in Quebec City’s Old Town is pretty much the same view that most North Americans think of as being Parisian and that if you can’t get to Paris, Quebec City more than makes up for that.
The Musee National des beaux-arts du Quebec on the Plains of Abraham will be showing Morrice and Lyman in the Company of Matisse from May 8-September 7, 2014. James Wilson Morrice and John Lyman were two Canadian painters who were able to live abroad in exile as they developed their international reputations.
Lyman studied with Matisse at his Academy in 1910 and Morrice met and became friends with Matisse when both were living in Tangiers. The new exhibition is the first to feature both men in 25 years. The works on exhibition consists of 130 oils on wood, canvas and cardboard and come from museums across Canada and Europe as well as both domestic and international private collections. The exhibition will also mark the first time Matisse’s Palm Leaf, Tangier will be exhibited in Canada. It is there in order to show Matisse’s influence on Morrice’s West Indies paintings.
I’ve often thought that the view from the roof of a building in Quebec City’s Old Town is pretty much the same view that most North Americans…
Art in a Feminine Perspective
Artist Josée Gauthier’s work can best be described as a palette of vibrant colours where faceless figures are the main actors. Whimsical and Zen, her paintings are like open windows on a brighter world.
Text by Isabelle Gauthier
Artist Josée Gauthier’s work can best be described as a palette of vibrant colours where faceless figures are the main actors. Whimsical and Zen…
The Vancouver Art Gallery will be showing the first major visual art exhibition of wunderkind Douglas Coupland, who is probably better known as the author of the international best seller Generation X, than he is as a visual artist, but Coupland trained at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design before writing his first book. Coupland is a major artist with an international reputation.
As seems de rigueur of any exhibition that wants to be hailed as “major” the Vancouver show consists of more than a 100 pieces ranging from painting, photography, prints and quilts including several new large scale installations. Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything runs from May 31 September 1, 2014.
The museum also commissioned Coupland to create a site-specific public artwork called Gumhead which is a seven foot tall interactive self portrait, which stands next to the gallery on Howe Street.
The exhibition is divided into six themes and among them is one which would make me visit without the rest. It is called Secret Handshake and promises to “unravel the stereotypes that constitute Canadian cultural identity, both benign and menacing,” as the press release notes.
The Vancouver Art Gallery will be showing the first major visual art exhibition of wunderkind Douglas Coupland, who is probably better known…