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Artists of the magazine
Second issue - Winter 2020 / 2021
At age 4, Anne-Marie Robert liked to paint small houses on the sidewalk with water, a very ephemeral artwork!
She has always loved drawing as well as oil and acrylic painting.
It was on her retirement in 2014 that her "artistic life" began and she then discovered watercolor. She enjoys very much the way pigments and water combine and harmonize with both subtlety and evocative power.
Her exploration of this medium continues as an autodidact by participating in a group of watercolorists and occasionally by taking workshops.
For her, creating a piece of art requires observation so one can be able to catch a fleeting moment which could turn out as a painting.
That’s why being a figurative painter, she can study the details of the world unveilling itself slowly before her eyes being a lucky witness to all it’s beauty and poetry.
She wants to keep on experimenting and to deal with different mediums, ink, acrylic and writing, and in doing so finding about the real nature of things.
Born in Montreal in 1944, he studied at l’Institut des Arts Graphiques from 1963-65, then followed advanced courses at l’École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal. In 1966, he visited the great museums of Europe and returned for a four-month journey in 1984. He held his first solo exhibition in Montréal in 1968 and in 1970 published the first Quebecois cartoon book “Oror 70“. He received a Canada Council Arts grant in 1969-70, taught graphic arts at CEGEP Ahuntsic in 1971-72, then left the city to settle in Chartierville in the Eastern Townships.
In 1983, he received First Prize and the prix René-Huyghes at Sherbrooke’s Salon International de la peinture.
André Philibert has been called the “Painter of the Night” by many critics but it would be more accurate to describe him as a painter of the sunrise and the sunset. His works depict another reality, all enveloped in blue, but so real that the viewer forgets his own. These numerous scenes of Quebec winter, with everything under snow which make us feel good and remind us childhood. The luminosity of his landscapes creates a night atmosphere of calm and quiet.
Philibert’s work is refreshing, contemporary by the geometry of its forms, and unique because of his mastery of technique. André Philibert has taken part in numerus exhibitions, solo and group, and his works can be found in Europe and the United State as well in Canada.
Originally from Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Diane Lamothe was interested in art from a young age. She drew extensively in charcoal, pastel and painted in oils during the 1970s. In the 1980s, she discovered a passion for watercolor. Passion which will lead her to perfect herself with masters such as: William Rogers (Nova Scotia), Roland Palmaerst, Odette Feller, Josée Perreault watercolorist IAF, Jacques Hébert, Denise Granbois and André Lafontaine.
In addition, she received several First Prizes and Honorable Mentions as well as 4 Public Mentions.
One of her works has been exhibited in Belgium.
She now lives in the Eastern Townships.
A recent member of the Canadian Watercolor Society, Robert Goyette emphasizes the subtleties of his works through a combination of techniques and mediums unusual in watercolor.
Active member within several groups that promote sketches in real situations, he feeds his projects through several personal studies and photographic montages which give an original touch to his artistic proposals.
Present in the gallery, he develops other avenues such as sculpture in clay and wood.
Even though she has been painting for a short time, art has always resonated within her.
Sometimes her work is the result of reflection, a desire to reproduce an idea or a person real or imaged. Her paintings come to life intuitively, or spontaneously when she randomly applies texture to the canvas or a blend of colours.
A composition emerges simultaneously as shapes superimpose themselves.
She loves to explore with a plurality of disciplines which she constantly considers. As time goes by her style is perfected through her palette, but her artistic process is what drives her.
She consider herself a painter of nature. In all weather, under blazing sun, in icy cold, in rain, in snow, she scour the countryside in search of that special place to portray on canvas. Watercolour has been her medium for over thirty years but more recently oils have beguiled her as well. From autumnal hues of the Eastern Townships to the fiery reds of Arizona or the restful blues of Brittany and the Gaspé, her palette and brushes are at the ready.
A few deft strokes may produce a small gem of a watercolour while a more involved rendering in oil may emerge from a blank canvas. It is her hope that her paintings will surprise and delight while at the same time conveying her vision and emotional response to the subject. She paint with conviction rather than from a need to please.
Since 1986 she has but one objective – to paint.
René Cécil is passionate about the human being whom he integrates into a transformed urban landscape. However, a dreamlike imagination lurks in a corner of his subconscious and sometimes bursts out without warning. So he plays with characters until they fully inhabit the web of deep emotion as if he were to draw on his many memories, an intense moment, a defining moment in his own life. As his work progresses, he incorporates elements that are guided by a single objective, to increase the intensity of the subject.
And, it is always with excitement that he waits to see the reflection they awaken in the eye of the beholder.
After exploring other mediums for over twenty years, she has returned to water- color and portraiture. Linking the face of a person or integrating it into a context of its own, she seeks to capture the essence of an individual.
« Making a portrait is a meeting revealed in a look, an attitude. »
Working with watercolor is a complex and even perilous exercise, but it plunges the artist into unexpected pleasures. Right before her eyes, the water and the colored pigment mix and reveal a mutation: contrasts and volumes are erected in these games of transparency where the impression of lightness dominates and the feeling of balance between precision and fluidity.
When her daughter was borned, artist and speech therapist Marie-Michèle Desmarais was looking for the perfect decoration for the small bedroom. Accustomed to exchanging words for images in her work, the one who grew up near the Granby Zoo saw it as an opportunity to marry her two passions: drawing and animals.
Her collection of charcoal illustrations was born, ready to warm the cozy nest of young and old.
Her works are available on display on her
online site and at Simons. Visit his exhibition (almost permanent) at the Café La Shop and Restaurant Fondissimo in Magog.
Above all, art inspires her to find beauty in mundane landscapes and ordinary objects. This is her primary motivation which guides her choices of subjects and inspiration, and determines the appropriate medium and artistic techniques she will use.
As a pastellist, she likes the vibration of colors and the play of contrasting shadow and light. The soft shadows seem to capture her attention, and the bright colors of nature to delight her.
Whether in oil, watercolor or pastel, every day, art teaches her to see more clearly in a fascinating and endless process.
Manon Boudreault uses watercolor to demonstrate her love of nature.
She seeks light in the sea, lighthouses, with old houses, flowers. Her appreciation of the beauty that surrounds her plays an important role in the choice of her themes. Manon's watercolors are paths in the forest, havens of peace, hamlets of houses, in the countryside,
in winter, in summer, in autumn.
She paints different atmospheres, her gesture is fast, spontaneous and her canvases very diverse with the use of different techniques, ink, charcoal, etc.
It transports us to places of peace where we can escape for a moment to appreciate the calm, the beauty.
Comforting watercolors !
Paul Morissette likes to present landscapes by integrating elements that refer to popular culture. He subtly marries the history of the Eastern Townships, his region with that of a naive vision of tradition. His imaginary landscapes are made up of elements from his childhood, from his dreams, this moments that are frozen in him. Its long trees solemnize the space like the vaults of a cathedral.
From his paintings emanates a silence, a moment that plunges us back into our memories, our roots, our culture.