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ABOUT MARIE-CLAUDE GOULET
She paints fanciful birds and animals, and also women, all created directly from her imagination. Marie-Claude Goulet is a self-taught artist who began her artistic journey a few years ago, at the age of 49, when the sudden onset of persistent migraines lead her to reach for a paint brush. Until then, she had been a career lawyer.
As a child and as a young adult, she received many prizes for her writing abilities, and she loved inventing children's tales, featuring animals. It was through painting that she reconnected with her creative nature. She now tells stories through the unique and different personalities of her distinctive creatures, who star in her artworks.
She was quickly represented by an art gallery in her hometown, in Rimouski, and soon after, in Galerie Québec Art art gallery, in the heart of Old Quebec, alongside established Canadian artists. Her work is also exhibited in Old Montreal, at beautiful Le Luxart art gallery. Her artworks are part of private collections across North America. Marie-Claude Goulet already has a few solo exhibitions to her credit.
The animal world, from the bottom of the sea to the sky, has always inspired me with fantastic stories.
Coming from my imagination, the animals that I paint are not limited by normality. They symbolize, for me, the acceptance of difference and individuality, and the freedom that resides in each mind. They can convey a message, or various feelings or emotions.
My works are made in a joyous spirit, and my technical approach is stimulated by discovery and openness. I let the medium speak, without always wanting to control it, so that I can welcome some effects, thus giving free rein to the imperfection, to the freedom of the work, and to my own evolution as an artist. I use mixed techniques and paint in a gestural, expressive way, mostly with the spatula, as well as the brush, and spray paint. To highlight some character traits, I like to play with textures, colors, gold and silver leaves, iridescent accents and metallic flakes.
I navigate between a search for dramatic effects, and the fantasy of my imaginary world. My role is to reveal the personality of my creatures but my goal is ultimately for them to comfort, to amuse, and to touch. In that way, I believe that my art can have a positive, soothing effect on others, like it certainly has on me.
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His name is Émile Desaulniers, but he expresses his creativity under the name DESO. He is 21 years old, and a very promising Canadian artist.
He developed his own technique and style, painting mostly with spray paint, and using different mediums, for a surprising and refreshing textured result. He paints lively cities, crowded with buildings, each one more colorful and fanciful than the others. His buildings with asymmetrical forms are integrated into a static but dynamic composition, and from which emerges a city that seems bustling with life.
DESO's beautiful artwork Chambre avec vue, was selected among the 100 semi-finalists of the juried international ARTBOX PROJECTS, ZURICH 1.0, at the Swiss art Expo, 2019. In addition, in the spring of 2020, Deso won "L'art de la Relève" competition, organized by Galerie Québec Art, and he is now represented by this renowned art gallery situated in the heart of Old Quebec city.
Having first started to paint with traditional acrylic, I quickly turned to spray paint that I superpose with other aerosol mediums, and sometimes with latex paint, thus obtaining interesting and various reactions from the material. Although my workshop is very well-stocked, I paint with what I have on hand, or rather, what I find most practical: my hands, a knife, a cotton-rod, a screwdriver, a ruler.
I add layers of acrylic, latex or aerosol, then I scratch, sculpt, draw, thus creating life in the inhabited buildings. I often add bold pastel, to accentuate the borders of the buildings, soiled by urban dust.
Cities full of action to imagine, to discover, to live
My cities are full of life, but it is the buildings that act like stars, at least, at first glance. However, by examining more closely, silhouettes or shapes can be seen by the window tiles, and let us imagine various scenes: a couple kissing, a voyeur, a child toy, a crime in the process of being committed. The attentive look also allows to discover tags, hidden letters (D-E-S-O), known symbols.
Then there's the third degree. The main object of my works -the city- is often seen through a window, thus placing the spectator as an actor of the canvas, in the heart of the city. The gaze is therefore active and passive: absorbed in the canvas, while acting as an observer of the life that takes place there by his window, and then, through the windows of the buildings.
I create modern and joyful works, with a whimsical comic-book vibe. I experiment, invent, shape.