"Auvernier bleu"

Painting by Francine Simonin (1936).

Francine SIMONIN
Photo: Claude Lamarche
1987
Ink on paper
51 X 65 cm
© La Pulperie de Chicoutimi.


Francine Simonin (1935)

Francine Simonin was born in Switzerland in 1935. She lives and works in Montreal, Quebec. Educated at the École des beaux-arts in Lausanne, she painted at first, before shifting her focus to engraving. She has lived in Canada since 1968. In addition to teaching at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, she has taken part in many seminars, practicums and panels.

Her work is notable for its singular passion for the female subject, which she explores in all its forms. The artist’s perfectionism is recognizable in prompt, sinuous yet incisive strokes that reflect self-confidence and a very personal statement.

Her list of achievements is impressive. Since 1965, her work has been exhibited in a considerable number of venues and biennials: New York, Paris, Tokyo, Berlin, Barcelona, Lausanne, Sao Paulo, Vienna, Bâle, etc. She is renowned in art publishing and has won many grants, medals, prizes and honours. Her work is included in the collections of prestigious public organizations.

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Francine Simonin (1935)

Francine Simonin was born in Switzerland in 1935. She lives and works in Montreal, Quebec. Educated at the École des beaux-arts in Lausanne, she painted at first, before shifting her focus to engraving. She has lived in Canada since 1968. In addition to teaching at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, she has taken part in many seminars, practicums and panels.

Her work is notable for its singular passion for the female subject, which she explores in all its forms. The artist’s perfectionism is recognizable in prompt, sinuous yet incisive strokes that reflect self-confidence and a very personal statement.

Her list of achievements is impressive. Since 1965, her work has been exhibited in a considerable number of venues and biennials: New York, Paris, Tokyo, Berlin, Barcelona, Lausanne, Sao Paulo, Vienna, Bâle, etc. She is renowned in art publishing and has won many grants, medals, prizes and honours. Her work is included in the collections of prestigious public organizations.

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Francine Simonin views painting as a physical act driven by the desire to make a statement, to set thoughts down in material form. The act of engraving, painting or drawing conveys the concern for a memory sensitive to the movements of the body and everything that moves it. It constitutes both written expression of desire and calligraphy of deep-seated feelings.

Far from being governed by chance, Francine Simonin’s writing is the result of disciplined thought. She guides the brush with a sure hand. In many of her works, the passion she maintains for dance and bodily expression is quite clear. Sensuality is omnipresent.

The artist views creation above all as play and fun. Her greatest desire is still for this joy to touch people, for her work to give pleasure, stimulate thought and built strength, while it also provides a dictionary of forms that people can understand.

© La Pulperie de Chicoutimi.

Eve

Painting by Roméo Savoie (1928).

Roméo SAVOIE
1997
Multimedia on panel
244 x 365.7 cm
© Galerie d'art de l'Université de Moncton.


Roméo Savoie (1928)

Roméo Savoie was born in Moncton, New Brunswick in 1928. He holds a master of plastic arts from Université du Québec à Montréal (1988), a bachelor of architecture from École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal (1956) and a bachelor of arts from Université de Moncton (1950).

With the sensitivity of a poet-in language as well as painting-Savoie prefers to play with the subtleties and ambiguities of intellectual ideas, emotions and forms, rather than specific realities. Abstraction therefore is ideally suited to this work: he is fascinated with line, gesture, colour, texture, planes and materials. Layers of paint, collages and marks-from brush strokes to graffiti scratched into his creations-filter associations that are both personal and rich in historical references.

He has obtained grants from the Canada Council as well as the provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec. He also received the Miller-Brittain prize in 1994 for excellence in the visual arts.

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Roméo Savoie (1928)

Roméo Savoie was born in Moncton, New Brunswick in 1928. He holds a master of plastic arts from Université du Québec à Montréal (1988), a bachelor of architecture from École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal (1956) and a bachelor of arts from Université de Moncton (1950).

With the sensitivity of a poet-in language as well as painting-Savoie prefers to play with the subtleties and ambiguities of intellectual ideas, emotions and forms, rather than specific realities. Abstraction therefore is ideally suited to this work: he is fascinated with line, gesture, colour, texture, planes and materials. Layers of paint, collages and marks-from brush strokes to graffiti scratched into his creations-filter associations that are both personal and rich in historical references.

He has obtained grants from the Canada Council as well as the provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec. He also received the Miller-Brittain prize in 1994 for excellence in the visual arts.

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As part of the in situ exhibition "À l’ombre d’Évangéline," three artists were given themes corresponding to the various syllables in the name of Longfellow’s famous heroine. Roméo Savoie was assigned "Eve." Through a long summer of creation, the work took on many versions. Savoie works in layers, as today’s creation covers yesterday’s. Initially luminous, "Eve" literally caught fire to become the work now before us. She will subsequently submit to the axe, as wounds reveal earlier versions of the image. Visitors aware of this development feel they have travelled from Eden to a dark, tortured world: Eve has left Eden and Evangeline has left her native Grand-Pré. Through the very process of creation, the artist tells the story of two women (and perhaps all women or even humanity as a whole).

© Galerie d'art de l'Université de Moncton.

Untitled

Painting by Guy Duguay (1955-1996).

Guy DUGUAY

Monotype
76.2 x 152.4 cm
© Galerie d'art de l'Université de Moncton.


Guy Duguay (1955-1996)

Guy Duguay was born in Dieppe, New Brunswick in 1955. In 1978, he earned a bachelor of visual arts with a major in ceramics and minor in sculpture from Université de Moncton. Guy Duguay, painter, artist, sculptor, potter, ceramist, engraver and graphic designer, died of AIDS in June 1996.

A versatile and improvisational artist, he mastered a variety of techniques and was fascinated with technology. He had a determination to change styles, materials and forms of expression, like a chameleon. In his work, Guy Duguay projects the ephemeral nature of life-fleeting but rich in colour, movement, sensual delight and humour.

His works are found in many public and private collections, including the Collection du 50e de la Fédération des Caisses populaires acadiennes, which features La fondation de l’Acadie, 1604-1605, the Canada Art Bank, the New Brunswick Art Bank, the Loto-Québec collection, the Galerie d’art de l’Université de Moncton and the art gallery of the Toronto-Dominion Bank. He also received a grant from the Canada Council in 1993 and from the province of New Brunsw Read More
Guy Duguay (1955-1996)

Guy Duguay was born in Dieppe, New Brunswick in 1955. In 1978, he earned a bachelor of visual arts with a major in ceramics and minor in sculpture from Université de Moncton. Guy Duguay, painter, artist, sculptor, potter, ceramist, engraver and graphic designer, died of AIDS in June 1996.

A versatile and improvisational artist, he mastered a variety of techniques and was fascinated with technology. He had a determination to change styles, materials and forms of expression, like a chameleon. In his work, Guy Duguay projects the ephemeral nature of life-fleeting but rich in colour, movement, sensual delight and humour.

His works are found in many public and private collections, including the Collection du 50e de la Fédération des Caisses populaires acadiennes, which features La fondation de l’Acadie, 1604-1605, the Canada Art Bank, the New Brunswick Art Bank, the Loto-Québec collection, the Galerie d’art de l’Université de Moncton and the art gallery of the Toronto-Dominion Bank. He also received a grant from the Canada Council in 1993 and from the province of New Brunswick in 1992.

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In his monotypes, Guy Duguay focuses on the image-making process itself. He shares the affinities of expressionist abstraction and informal art (gesture, improvisation, esthetic process), and explores the expressive potential of line. He starts with a mark, a drop, a gesture on a monochrome background. From this seed an image will sprout. It visually activates the soil and following this, the artist’s response. Duguay is aware of each part of the whole as well as the element of surprise. His work reflects his extraordinary control of the effects achieved by chance. Guy Duguay’s monotypes are filled with life and movement, and triumphantly demonstrate that the decorative can become totally and unbelievably dramatic.

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Learning Objectives

The learner will:

  • Understand that art can influence and reflect culture by conveying social and ethical issues
  • Be aware that the creative process is influenced by personal experience.
  • Understand that our reaction to art is based on our own experiences
  • Be aware of the diversity of Francophone art across Canada
  • Develop an appreciation of historical and contemporary Francophone art in Canada
  • Recognize the role of the curator in choosing, researching and interpreting art for exhibition

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