Painting is Alive and Well, and Living at Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke for the Summer of 2009

2009-05-06, from Member

Sherbrooke, Tuesday 28 April, 2009. This summer, the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke presents two artists at the peak of their careers. Michèle Drouin, born in Québec City, lives and works both in Montréal and in the Eastern Township. Born in Montréal, John Ballantyne has been living and working in Sutton for the past 30 years. Both artists are members of the Royal Canadian Academy and will be attending the vernissage, Saturday 6 June at 5 p.m..

Michèle Drouin. Un parcours : 30 May to 27 September 2009

The exhibition

For more than forty years, Michèle Drouin has nourished a real passion for colour. This exhibition pauses at several important points in her journey, and provides a retrospective glimpse of several of the less well-known, perhaps forgotten, works by this artist. These paintings, studies, and a hitherto unpublished series of watercolours, represent four decades of her career.

The viewer will discover – or rediscover – the luminous period of the 1970s, and see for the first time a key piece in her artistic development, Post-Triangle no. 2, produced in 1983 during a sojourn in Pine Plains, NY.

In addition, two works in homage to Québec artists are included: Une fenêtre pour Moli, 1990, for Guido Molinari, and Élégie pour Ulysse, 2005, for Ulysse Comtois, the latter accompanied by her original preparatory drawing.

 

Michèle Drouin
Un signe jubilatoire, 1992
Acrylic on canvas

Biography

Michèle Drouin was born in Québec City, and obtained her diploma from the École des Beaux Arts in 1955. She showed an early interest in ceramics and she was influenced by the teaching of Jean Paul Lemieux, developing a passion for drawing as well as for poetry. Later, in Montreal, her work focussed on drawing and enamel on copper. Continuing her interest in poetry, she published a small volume, La Duègne accroupie, in 1959. In 1966, after a sojourn in Europe, she came home to study at the École des Beaux Arts de Montréal, and in 1973 obtained a Masters in Art Education from Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University). In the mid-1970s, her career took a definite turn towards painting, and her work was shown in a number of solo as well as group exhibitions. Her paintings can be seen in galleries and collections in Québec and Ontario, as well as nationally and internationally. From her second home in Eastern Townships, Michèle Drouin has been involved with Galerie Arts Sutton since 1986, and since 1988 has participated in the exhibitions of the group Les Femmeuses. In 1992 she was named a member of the Canadian Royal Academy of Arts.


John Ballantyne : 6 June to 12 October 2009

 

John Ballantyne
Curling Club, 2002
Acrylic on panel

The exhibition

Though spare and austere at first glance, John Ballantyne’s paintings are always striking in composition, even unsettling in their proportions and perspectives and in the interplay of human constructions in natural settings. But another look reveals a richness of texture in the surfaces and a playfulness in hidden details. He is amazingly meticulous in his technique, and uses specially made brushes to achieve the effects he wants. He does preliminary drawings complete in every detail. His studio is as uncluttered as his art, all his pencils and brushes perfectly organised. He has even devised special methods for preventing smudges on his work, delighting in all these technicalities as much as in his painting. «The painting is finished as Alex Colville wrote, when the errors are too small to find. JB» The exhibition will show some 30 paintings and drawings of this artist

Biography

John Ballantyne was born in Montréal in 1944. His earliest painting classes were with Alfred Pinsky and Arthur Lismer. Following high school, he studied civil engineering but finally, in 1967, left these studies to return to his first love, painting. In 1968, he joined the New School of Art in Toronto. After one year he left to work in France. In Nice he worked in the Centre artistique de rencontres internationales, part of l’École nationale d’art décoratif de Nice. In 1970, he was offered a studio in the village of Cagnes near Nice. There he began his work surrounded by the ghosts of Renoir, Modigliani, Soutine and Pissarro. His work quickly evolved from colour-field through photo-realism into a soft, quiet style of realism called by his critics hyper-surrealism. Following some early successes in England and France, John returned to Québec in late 1973. He set up a studio outside of Sutton in order to develop his work in an isolated environment. From Sutton his works have found their way around the world and into collections across Canada, the United States, France, England and Denmark.

The Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke is situated downtown at 241 Dufferin Street. It is open Tuesday to Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m. Entrance fees : $7,50, adult, $6, senior, $5, student. Guided tours in French every Tuesday at 2 p.m. English tours and group tours available anytime upon reservation. The Musée is supported by the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine du Québec and Ville de Sherbrooke. Summer schedule: from 24 June to 6 September, the museum will be open daily, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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Lise Boyer
Communications
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