Josiane Gagnon - Fine Artist

Josiane Gagnon

Montreal, QC - Canada








Josiane Gagnon

Montreal, QC - Canada

Josiane Gagnon - Fine Artist

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About Josiane Gagnon


Born in 1970 in Montréal, I grew up in a peaceful suburb in Repentigny. At age 17, when it’s time to register at the CÉGEP, I hesitate between a career in social work and visual arts. With my mother’s encouragement – she enrolled me in oil painting classes – I undertake studies in fine arts and graphic design. In 1992, I move to Montréal to work as a graphic artist. For 15 years, I evolve in advertising and a children’s book publishing firm (Éditions Tormont). Tired of the dehumanization of the graphic designer’s work and its growing computerization, I decide on a career change. In 2002, I begin studying psychology and graduate with a B.A. at the UQAM and since 2006, I’ve been working as a psychosocial mental health intervener. Having left graphic arts, but still passionate about visual and fine arts, I intensify my work as an artist and painter. This enables me to connect with the raw material needed to create. I’ve exhibited in different parts of Québec (solos, groups, symposiums). Galerie 2000 (Montréal), represented me from 2005–2007, until I decide to withdraw my work. As a result, I’ve become more independent enabling me to choose my exhibitions.

2012-13 (Group exhibition) L'Espace Contemporain, Montréal
2011 (Duo exhibition with Lizette Marion) Galerie Espace, Montréal
2010-2011 (Solo and Group) Galerie Style et Couleurs, Chambly
2010/2004/2001 Painting Festival in Mascouche
2009 (Group exhibition) Galerie Crystal Racine, Montréal
2005-2007 (on consignment) Galerie 2000, Montréal
2005 (on consignment) Galerie Bégin, Ville de Québec
2004 (solo exhibition) L'Oreille de Van Gogh, Montréal
2004 (on consignment) Art Kalor, Ville de Québec
2001-4 (on consignment) Galerie Artitude, Montréal
2001/2004 Exhibition-contest, Laprairie
2003-2004 (2 expositions collectives) Galerie Artus, Montréal
2003 Happening of St-Jean-Port-Joli
2002 Painting symposium of Bois-des-Fillion
2000 (on consignment) Galerie France-Art, Montréal

B.A. in psychology, 2006, Université du Québec à Montréal, completed
Semi-private Sculpturing lessons with Mitchell Kotanski, 2001
B.A. in Visual Arts, 2000, Université du Québec à Montréal,
not completed
D.E.C. Graphic Arts, 1992, Cégep du Vieux - Montréal, completed
D.E.C. Plastics Arts, 1988, Cégep du Vieux - Montréal, not completed

Fine Art Magazine - spring 2005

Although my paintings mostly represent landscapes, the final result of the subject itself matters little to me. The trees, clouds, rocks, mountains and water are the elements that provide me with a freedom that’s important for my creative expressions. In contrast, by attempting to represent characters or complex industrial objects, trees are not as stereotyped in the mental representation and therefore require less recognition. The Gestalt psychology has proven that man has a tendency to search for similarities with his own mental representation of an object. For example, it will strain one’s eye if an individual is not fairly represented. He or she will say that this individual’s ears are too large, or that he’s deformed and ugly! However, the shapes required to compose a landscape are simple: a cloud is a horizontal oval, a tree is a circle containing foliage, and a tree trunk is represented with a narrow vertical rectangle. Ultimately, the proportions also lose their complexity: a small and a large tree can be in proximity to a same plan because mother nature allows it do so. And so I’m free to explore different kinds of shapes, while allowing each piece to have its own rhythm. This also applies to the colours that obey this rule, dictated by seasonal daylight, a tree may be violet in the morning, grey if it’s lost in the depth of the landscape, or even orange when fall is coming. Then, if I feel like painting a purple tree, I acclimatise the sky so as not to confuse the observer. I use very little shading in order to bring about a playground filled with fun and spontaneity for my plastic work. Harmony is the most important rule I tend to respect in my work – I’m convinced harmony brings about a sense of well-being. When I paint, I always have in mind a sense of grace that I want to convey to people along with a desire to communicate simplicity, gentleness and happiness. My naive style reflects a child’s innocence; it isn’t obstructed by adults who would require it to be more sophisticated and well-learned. If my work manages in wanting you to forget the constraints of realism, bringing you to travel with complete recklessness with its shapes and colours, and without you even having had the time to ask any questions, then my mission will have been accomplished. Landscape painting provides me with this plastic freedom allowing me to playfully explore form and colour and thus convey a message of peace. Among the artists who inspire me, I would say – Gauguin, for the purity of his work, Marc-Aurèle Fortin for his love of trees, Lawren Harris for his skill with form and depth and Frédéric Back, for his sense of play.

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La Belle et le Bete by Josiane Gagnon


Nature Morte by Josiane Gagnon


Pastels secs by Josiane Gagnon


St-Jean-Port-Joli rural no.2 by Josiane Gagnon


Baie-St-Paul no. 4 by Josiane Gagnon


Ayer's Cliff a2 by Josiane Gagnon


Petite-Riviere-St-Francois #1b by Josiane Gagnon


Petite-Riviere-St-Francois #1a by Josiane Gagnon


Baie-St-Paul no. 3 by Josiane Gagnon


Petite-Riviere-St-Francois #2 by Josiane Gagnon


Petite-Riviere-St-Francois no.3 by Josiane Gagnon


Ferland-et-Boilleau no.3 by Josiane Gagnon


Baie-St-Paul #2 by Josiane Gagnon


Ferland-et-Boileau #4 by Josiane Gagnon


St-Jean-Port-Joli #11 by Josiane Gagnon


St-Jean-Port-Joli rural by Josiane Gagnon


St-Port-Joli #12 by Josiane Gagnon


St-Jean-Port-Joli no.6 by Josiane Gagnon


St-Jean-Port-Joli #8 by Josiane Gagnon

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