Gérard Dansereau

Gerard Dansereau

Born in Montreal in 1949, Gérard Dansereau has a love for Color, forms and texture. He invites us in a very particular world that is his own. His work is made of styled animals with a familiar expression that brings them near human expressions. Illustrator, he has work in editing, publicity and he has also taught graphic arts at Ahuntsic College.

Gérard Dansereau received numerous illustration and graphic arts prizes notably the prestigious Coq D’or of Publicity-Club for the sign Hergé à Montréal. He created a special pin for the astronaut Julie Payette for her first flight in space. We can find Dansereau’s paintings in Quebec, in Toronto, in Mexico and the U-S.

Gérard Dansereau has received several awards and his works stand out as contemporary yet joyous and lively. His feline creation called Kat Mandou is a recurring presence along with a string of animal characters.

Whether abstract or figurative, his paintings are prized by several collectors worldwide.
Gerard Dansereau, artist, Katmandou, kat, galerie la corniche art gallery
Who is he?
A man in love with color and tranparency.
Gérard Dansereau is a painter who uses his instinct for pure pleasure in order to create works of art with a touch of humor, poetry and the joy of living. For the last few years, he has devoted most of his time to painting. Thanks to his exploration of several artistic disciplines, his work is a vibrant mixture of harmonies.

What has he done?
He has earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, he worked for several years in the fields of publicity and publishing as a graphic artist and an illustrator.

What he beleives in 
His humanist values mean that the social dimension of art has always been a prime concern of his. He was involved with Amnesty international on the design of a poster which was used worldwide. His work has also been used in the promotion of children’s rights.

His artistic journey
Gerard Dansereau started in 1970; he was influenced by the american «pop-art» movement. His works have long been enhanced by the use of typographic and historic elements and he often uses mixed mediums such as collage, ink and pencil.

His love of alley cats may have lead to his creation of Kat Mandou who is a recurring presence in several paintings along with a string of animal characters.
is artistic journey
Gerard Dansereau started in 1970; he was influenced by the american «pop-art» movement. His works have long been enhanced by the use of typographic and historic elements and he often uses mixed mediums such as collage, ink and pencil.

His love of alley cats may have lead to his creation of Kat Mandou who is a recurring presence in several paintings along with a string of animal characters.
Latest news
Gérard is always evolving but still very contemporary and he manages to redefine himself while still expressing strenght and the same intensity with colors.

His latest paintings show energy and assurance; but where is Kat Mandou? Good question.
His best shots
He has received several awards for his work as an illustrator and a graphic artist, one of them given by the Publicity Club of Montreal for his poster « Hergé à Montréal ».

His work even went in orbit! That started when astronaut Julie Payette bought one of his paintings and later asked him to design the personnal emblem which she would be wearing on her mission aboard the NASA space shuttle. We love him! Yes, you can fall in love with Dansereau. His paintings can be abstract or figurative but they share the love of collectors worldwide.

He can touch a vast array of individuals with a wide range of formal knowledge yet he remains loyal to his creed and to his spirit.


Tremblay, Léo

Leo Tremblay

Leo Tremblay was born December 11, 1944 in New Brunswick in the concession Tremblay. At nearly forty miles from Caraquet, in the Baie des Chaleurs , this concession is located within the village of Petit-Rocher .

Leo Tremblay spent his childhood with farmers , loggers and fishermen of his native Canada . Participating intensely throughout his youth, to his own various rural and working class activities , it permeates experiences that mark his work.

“I attach great importance to today things of the earth , people who work with their hands, which depend on temperature , crops , sea and forest for their livelihood . ”

In 1959 Leo Tremblay becomes aware of his interest in painting . His encounter with a local painter is originally valuable trade both technical perspective drawing that intellectual stimulation. In 1963, the teenager leaves New Brunswick with the intent to continue her studies in Art.

During the ensuing years , Leo Tremblay works in different studios Graphic Arts in Montreal, Toronto and Quebec City, as artistic director of a home advertising.

Alongside his work , he painted and continued his research by reading and regularly visiting the Museums of Toronto , Buffalo, Chicago , Philadelphia and Boston. Gifted with unusual curiosity , it multiplies constantly fishing trips in rural regions of Quebec, in his native province and on the coast of Maine.

Thus he is able to observe the various changes of the seasons, the characteristics of each, and to fully appreciate these moments of contemplation. It is this kind Leo Tremblay chooses to paint and tell us .

 

Leo Tremblay, artist Quebec, landscape, la corniche art gallery

Duchesne, Raymonde

Raymonde Duchesne (Lac St-Jean 1945-Quebec 2013)

All are born in the eye of the painter , springing one day from her imagination and memory – men and women  , mothers and children . Dressed in old-fashioned clothes , they have no real place in the present time , no real faces other than those the artist has given  them  . Immobile, serene and sometimes shy , how many  of them watch  for the least  sign of the outside  world , perhaps  in order to turn away from it ?
Ingenius and timid , do they call out to us from their world of secret silences ? For the last 30 years Raymonde Duchesne has invented her « people, » granting them in their daily lives a loving expression perfumed with candour  and nostalgia . Through  many a gesture of tenderness , patience and renuntiation , and musing , she has set to canvas  her own journey thought life , strewn  with joys and sorrows , both large and small . Such is her work . A precious chronology in image and text , the milestones of the journey ,
this book , her first , resembles a family  album , that of a family  gravitating around the image of the mother , of all mothers, of  hers in particular . Thus , one by one , genre scenes slip out from the pages . In style and in spirit they continue the heritage of the « human style-lifes » of Modigliani , The flattened perspectives of Matisse , or , still yet , the enigmatic portraits of Lemieux  . None the less , through this simple figuration impregnated with  a  gentle  naivete , each  painting transforms  the anecdote into a scene of emotions .

Look carefully . Life slips away , intensifies . The muffled-up and static figures  of the beginning , so often isolated and confined , are slowly  liberated . Their presences , in an unspecified time ,  becomes more  precise  as they  develop  complicity . Their forms become rounder , more « sensuel, » and brighter in contact with colour  and flowery exteriors ,  increasingly present  . Crumpled letters , cages birds ,and dolls serve as symbols to be interpreted .
Nicole Allard
Historienne de l’art