Marc Martel

Marc Martel

Date and place of birth
Marc Martel was born in Lévis in 1933. He spent his childhood and adolescence in Buckingham before settling in the Quebec City area to continue his studies.

Training and career
An Arts graduate of Université Laval, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Université du Québec in Trois-Rivières, Marc Martel began sculpting in the early seventies while pursuing a teaching career. He refined his art through a number of internships in Canada, the United States and Europe and has honed his skills with concrete, bronze and ceramics. A prolific artist, Marc Martel has participated in 25 exhibitions, including 13 solo exhibitions, and was the subject of a retrospective in 2001. His sculptures are exhibited in several Canadian galleries, and his works form part of many private collections.

His work and his art
Drawer, painter, engraver and jeweller by turns, Marc Martel is a versatile artist who established his name with sculpture. His works, rich with symbolism, are fertile, original and expressive. Through his imposing sandstone and concrete murals, his terracotta busts of famous figures or his miniature bronze pieces, Marc Martel has a talent for conveying the essential. He bases his approach on a noble philosophy, a single-minded desire to make sculpture «accessible without being easy, that speaks to people, awakens their senses and carries them forward.»

In recent few years, the sculptor has turned his creative energies to a series of patinated bronze birds. Since 1993, the artist has made more than a thousand drawings in a small sketchbook, from which he developed 180 models produced in a limited run of only eight pieces. These pieces, which rarely exceed 30 centimetres, inspire joy and gaiety, while their skilful contours attest to the sculptor’s mastery of his art. The sculptures are named for descriptive characteristics, which effectively breathes life into each bird. You will enjoy getting to know méditatif, bedonnant, somnolent, jongleur and bollé; some of the expressive winged creatures, the flights of fancy that elicit a smile from all who gaze upon them.106le tourne-vite1

Guylaine Saucier

Peintre de l’enfance, Guylène Saucier nous transporte dans le monde de ses personnages. Visages rebondis, yeux vifs et joyeux, ribambelle d’enfants en leur pays de traîneaux et de batailles de neige, autant de scènes issues de ses souvenirs que l’artiste nous dévoile avec beaucoup de charme et un brin d’humour.

Par sa façon particulière de rendre ses personnages, elle transforme des scènes souvent banales du quotidien de l’enfant en des moments grandioses, laissant à l’amateur d’art suffisamment d’espace pour qu’il y appose ses propres souvenirs.

Née en Mauricie en 1960, elle a obtenu un baccalauréat en langues modernes à l’Université Laval avant d’étudier le dessin et la peinture. Ses expositions ont remporté dès le début un succès éclatant auprès du public. Elle travaille maintenant à l’huile et à l’aquarelle, maniant le pinceau d’un geste spontané d’où se dégagent force et maturité. Ses tableaux sont exposés dans de nombreuses galeries au Canada.

Elle est aussi écrivain et a publié trois romans : Motel Plage St-Michel (VLB, 1986), Sarabande (Québec/Amérique, 1992) et Le Cheval habillé de bleu (Leméac, 2001).

Bouchard, Mario


Mario Bouchard
Mario Bouchard was born in 1951, in Charlevoix County. The painter spent his childhood summers hunting and fishing in the mountains around Saint-Urbain, his native village.
From a young age, Mario Bouchard discovered a fabulous world that took shape on his sheet of paper with a simple wooden pencil. He was a quiet, even shy, child and drawing was more than a simple pastime for him: it was how he communicated his feelings. With a natural interest in art and bored with schoolwork, he sought to develop this very satisfying innate talent. In his teen years, as soon as he had the money, he experimented for the first time with a new medium: oil painting. Many years passed, and in 1986, he left a career in administration to have the freedom to devote himself fully to his art.

This self-taught artist is constantly honing and personalizing his technique, inspired by the picturesque landscapes of his home county. He has a few solo and group exhibitions to his credit.

From the start of his painting career, Mario Bouchard has focused his attention on the landscapes of Charlevoix, with shades and hues providing his inspiration. In all seasons, he travels great distances searching for that perfect instant, that magical moment that he can preserve on canvas. A small church bathed in the pink glow of dawn, a field invaded by sheep, children playing on an old farm or lovers glimpsed down a winding lane-Bouchard’s paintings speak of the joys of daily life, treasures accessible to anyone with the ability to “feel” the land, the river, the trees. His landscapes breathe a wondrous soft light that entices us into their world. Every one of his paintings inspires calm and peacefulness.

His work reflects a practised eye and a sure hand. Beyond heritage and topography, our attention is captured by the lively yet harmonious colours, and the solid, well balanced composition. His canvases often create the impression of vast spaces and great freedom, because Mario Bouchard has an overwhelming need for space, which reflects his entire personality.

Mario Bouchard’s style is notable for its purity and careful work, a vibrant tribute to the perfection of nature, dedicated to the beauty of life.