Biography of Guylaine BEAUCHEMIN

 

BIOGRAPHY

Guylaine Beauchemin was born in Montreal in 1961. In 1984 she received her BA in Arts and Sciences from Université de Montreal. For a number of years she worked as a location scout for feature films, while also conducting art workshops for children. Guylaine also worked as art designer on several short films. In 1988, she started working as an assistant film editor (sound and image).

In the summer of 1996 a painting by the artist, titled l’Heure Bleue, was chosen as cover art for Serge Lapointe’s new CD, called Sea of a Thousand Stories.

In the summer of 1997, Guylaine was curator and coordinator of an exhibition entitled “L’art et la Paix” at the Montcalm gallery in Hull.

Guylaine Beauchemin is a member of the R.A.A.V. (Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels) and a member of Artistes pour la Paix. Guylaine presented Ginette Noiseux, director of the Espace Go theatre, with one of her paintings in recognition of Noiseux’s selection as “artist for peace” for the year 1996.

Guylaine has been represented by Galerie Valentin since 1996.

 

SUBJECTS AND THEMES

1998 was a pivotal year for the artist. She found that the use of the human figure in her work had become too restrictive, limiting her ability to evoke “a state of being”. This consciousness has taken her from the infinitely small to the infinitely large. Aerial or underwater views, from inside and outside all at once: here, man is part of the universe.

 

MEDIUM / TECHNIQUE

Guylaine prefers to work with acrylics, which she applies to the canvas in a spontaneous manner. Speaking of her technique the artist explains, “My first impulse is generally to work directly on the blank canvas. It is like a scream, reborn from the movement and the pressure of the thick black pencil on the canvas, quickly, a cry from the heart, curved … it is the basis for the work that lies ahead: putting the initial impulse into context. Next I play with pigment, through colour, shade and texture, creating outlines which often emerge as boundaries and horizons.  Sometimes I [feel the need to] repeat the initial figure elsewhere on the canvas, though never in exactly the same way, striving for the infinite. Polyptychs will follow. Here, acrylic paints allow [me] to blend the spontaneity of movement with emotion.”

 

PRESS REVIEW

http://quebec.synergiescanada.org/culture/va1081917/va1135953/53148ac.pdf

 

EXHIBITIONS

  • 2013-2000: Artists’ Choice, Group exhibition, Galerie Valentin
  • 2013-1996: Small Size Works, Group exhibition, Galerie Valentin
  • 2009 : Solo, Hollander York Gallery, Toronto
  • 2007 : Road Trip: New Works, Solo, Galerie Valentin, Montreal
  • 2000: Exhibition with two other artists, Harbour Gallery, Toronto
  • 1999: Invitation au voyage, Solo, Galerie Valentin, Montreal
  • 1999: Self-portrait, Group exhibition, Galerie Valentin, Montreal
  • 1998: Entre deux chaises, Auction, Art Sales and Rental Gallery, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
  • 1998-97: Les Femmeuses, Research Centre, Pratt & Whitney, Longueuil, Québec
  • 1995: Artists selection 1995, Art Sales and Rental Gallery, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
  • 1994: 55artistes au 55 Prince, Solo, Galerie Prince, Montréal
  • 1995-94: 55 artistes au 55 Prince, Group exhibition, Galerie 55 Prince, Montreal
  • 1994: Solo, Café Pellerin, Montréal

 

INTERVIEWS

  • 25/08/1997: Info-Culture, Radio-Canada
  • 04/05/1997: Le TVA, TVA
  • 14/02/1997: Montréal ce soir, Radio Canada
  • 14/02/1997: Le TVA, TVA

 

 BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • Robert Bernier, « Guylaine Beauchemin : J’irai par les chemins », Parcours, Art et Art de vivre, Vol. 12, no 4, (March-April-May 2007)
  • Robert Bernier, La peinture au Québec depuis les années 1960, Montréal, Les Éditions de l’Homme, 2002
  • Aline Côté, « Guylaine Beauchemin : l’intimité et l’intensité »,Vie des Arts, no. 174 (Spring 1999) http://quebec.synergiescanada.org/culture/va1081917/va1135953/53148ac.pdf
  • Nathalie Parent, « Guylaine Beauchemin : la quête d’un absolu ». Parcours, Magazin’art (Winter 1999)
  • André Ducharme, "Guylaine Beauchemin", L’Actualité (April 1999)
  • Jean Dumont, « Guylaine Beauchemin : une intimité partagée », Parcours, l’Informateurdes arts(Spring 1999)
  • Renée Laurin, « Paix ou absence de guerre », Le Droit, (July 18, 1997)

 




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