“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.
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.”
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.
“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.”
“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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
Texte by Isabelle Gauthier
Represented by Galerie Le Bourget, Montréal
Into the black waters that surround the city, gleaming towers and buildings spread their shimmering reflections.
A nice summer day in Longueuil, a quiet street where houses are surrounded by gardens and shaded by trees: we breathe easily here and experience a feeling of wellbeing, far away from the city yet so near.
This is the environment in which Marcel Mussely has chosen to establish residence, in 1973, selecting a home oriented towards the northern light. Essential to his work, the light floods his studio, which was renovated and enlarged a few years back to enable him to paint oversized canvases. For, Marcel Mussely is a painter in his heart and soul and has always been, irregardless of the fact that he worked in advertising for more than 25 years following studies in Commercial Illustration at the Famous Artist School of Westport, Connecticut.
Texte by Catherine Guex
A nice summer day in Longueuil, a quiet street where houses are surrounded by gardens and shaded by trees: we breathe easily here and experience a feeling…
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.
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…
Love and human warmth: pure joy! It is in festive atmosphere that I am welcomed at Baron Lafrenière Gallery in Quebec City on this autumn afternoon.
It is an honour to meet this great artist, Suzan Édith Baron Lafrenière and her two sons, Nikolas-Samuel Bernier, who manages the gallery, and François-David Bernier, lawyer and owner of this fantastic art gallery located in the old Molson bank building near Quebec’s old port. Suzan Édith Baron Lafernière has, in fact, four sons who actively promote her work to collectors and to the public at large.
Texte by Frédéric-Marc Gagné
Love and human warmth: pure joy! It is in festive atmosphere that I am welcomed at Baron Lafrenière Gallery in Quebec City on this autumn afternoon…
Val-David is an effervescent village where a great number of incredibly talented artists and artisans live and work. Val-David represents the heart and soul of an inventive nation.
It is a village filled with indomitable creators ablaze with passion, where agile hands fashion matter and practice most known arts and crafts techniques using the most imaginative of materials.
Texte by Robert Lafontaine
Val-David is an effervescent village where a great number of incredibly talented artists and artisans live and work. Val-David represents the heart and soul of an…
On the Web features inspiring artists who use social media and various sharing platforms for the purpose of promoting their art on the Internet.
Edith Jolicoeur is a Gaspé artist whose works have been showcased in the National History Museum of the Parc National de Miguasha and in the Musée de la Gaspésie as well as in various recognized exhibition venues.
Her works are part of public and private collections in North-America. Recipient of a grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for research and creation projects and a graduate of the International Academy of Design, the artist’s creative approach is based on a story telling style. For almost fifteen years, she has been turning old doors into true works of art. Presently, her practice is rather oriented towards new media, integrating photography, videography and printing, thus progressively abandoning the voluminous and heavy supports she had previously been using.
For 13 summers, Edith Jolicoeur has operated a personal art gallery in Carleton-sur-Mer in the Baie-des-Chaleurs. In parallel with her artistic practice, she works as a consultant with a mission of helping artists and cultural organizations take advantage of what the Web and social media can offer.
How would you describe your artistic work in a tweet of 140 characters, hashtags included?
E.J.: Based on a story telling style, my artistic process combines visual arts and new media. #Art #Storytelling #Techno #POM
In your opinion, how important is having a website for an artist or a gallery owner?
E.J.: As an artist, my website provides me with a window that is accessible at all times to the public as well as to me. Nowadays, people no longer wish to go out and about to have access to art, they would rather be able to appreciate art from the comfort of home, which is made possible through the Web.
Have you called on professional help for your website design and programming?
E.J.: No. I attended my first HTML courses in 1998 and have always built my own websites.
What would you recommend for artists who still do not have a website and whose budget is very limited?
E.J.: A responsive website is a must, in my opinion. It’s possible to set one up free of charge without domain name. It’s also possible to have a site with domain name and without advertising for as little as one hundred dollars a year.
At what frequency do you update your website?
E.J.: During periods of active creation, I may post daily updates. Otherwise, it varies according to my blog posts. In an ideal world, I would update it weekly, at the very least.
How much time, on a professional basis, are you investing in social media?
E.J.: If we only consider my artistic activities, between 4 and 10 hours a week depending on the period.
How have social media helped you in your career? Can you give us a concrete example?
E.J.: I prefer to consider Web activities as a whole (including newsletter and website) rather than focussing solely on social media. Overall, more than 80% of my business turnover can be attributed to my ACTIVE presence on the Web and social media.
As a professional artist, do you maintain a blog? What topics do you discuss and how frequently do you post?
E.J.: Yes, there is a blog section integrated to my professional website. I post about different topics: slice of artistic life, special projects, soft frustrations, etc. The posting frequency varies on whether or not I am in an active period of creation. In an ideal world, I would like to post a new entry on a monthly basis.
Does your site allow virtual shopping? If so, what is the ratio of online transactions to your overall revenues? Do you feel there is reluctance on the part of artists about selling their works online?
E.J.: My site is not transactional and I do not wish it to be. Mostly due to the fact that I am among that small number of ‘cranked’ artists who insist on having a written sales contract for each work sold. All prices for my works are posted on my site, where there is also a note saying that I value human contact and that interested parties are invited to contact me via email or phone to discuss modes of transaction, payment and delivery. When I do sell a piece of art, in all discretion and as a sign of respect for my clients, I quickly remove the indicated price replacing it with the word ‘SOLD’.
Text by Isabelle Gagné (MissPixels)
The following links will allow you to follow Edith Jolicoeur on the Web and stay connected with the artist:
Official website : edithjolicoeur.com
Twitter : twitter.com/edithjolicoeur
Facebook : facebook.com/edithjolicoeur
Instagram : instagram.com/edithjolicoeur
Vimeo : vimeo.com/edithjolicoeur
LinkedIn : linkedin.com/in/edithjolicoeur
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Edith Jolicoeur is a Gaspé artist whose works have been showcased in the National History Museum of…
From February 14, 2015 to May 18, 2015 Cezanne and the Modern: Masterworks of European Art from the Pearlman Collection will be on exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Vancouver is the only Canadian venue for the exhibition. The show consists of roughly fifty works of art and no less than 24 of them are by Cezanne. Other artists on exhibition include Modigliani, Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh and Gauguin.
From February 14, 2015 to May 18, 2015 Cezanne and the Modern: Masterworks of European Art from the Pearlman Collection will be on exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery…
The Art Gallery of Ontario is presenting Art Spiegelman’s CO-MIX: A Retrospective from December 20, 2014 to March 15, 2015. Spiegelman is best known for Maus for which he won a Pulitzer Award. Maus is a two volume graphic novel which details how his parents survived in Nazi concentration camps. In Maus, the Jews are drawn as mice.
Other themes that spring to mind when discussing the creative cartoonist who as you might guess is one of the best draughtsmen working today include the hard-boiled detective genre, politics and Cubism. The exhibition consists of more than 300 works on paper ranging from trading cards to magazine covers.
The Art Gallery of Ontario is presenting Art Spiegelman’s CO-MIX: A Retrospective from December 20, 2014 to March 15, 2015. Spiegelman is best known for Maus for which he won a…
As the art world moved from representational to abstract, no small part of the intellectual motivation for this development came from the realization that colour provided a much larger design element than previously thought.
This can be vividly seen in Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism: From Spain to Morocco, Benjamin Constant in his time which runs at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from January 31, 2015 to May 31, 2015.
Benjamin Constant lived from 1845 to 1902 and was well known and successful in his time. His work was influenced by the Moorish palaces of Spain and Morocco. His ability as a colourist is remarkable and it is to that use of rich colours that I have alluded to above.
As the art world moved from representational to abstract, no small part of the intellectual motivation for this development came from the realization that colour provided a much…
The older I get the more readily I come to the conclusion that some people can do more than one thing quite successfully thank you very much. One example that springs to mind is Conrad Black who for a while was very successful as a newspaperman. Now he is becoming better known for his excellent string of modern histories.
Another is perennial rock and roll star Bryan Adams. Long known for his success in cutting like a knife on the record charts he has also been building a parallel career as a photographer. Adams’ work is stunning and from February 19, 2015 to June 14, 2015 Bryan Adams Exposed will be showing at the Musee National des Beaux Arts in Quebec City.
The 130 piece exhibition is roughly divided between celebrities and his recent work which consists of British soldiers who have fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of the photographs are in large formats and are in black and white and colour.
The older I get the more readily I come to the conclusion that some people can do more than one thing quite successfully thank you very much. One example that…