Chantal Julien, Artist, Sherbrooke (Quebec), Canada
 Chantal Julien, painting artist - Résumé

Artist statement

A perfect moment in time.

PAINTINGS

When I look at a landscape, an emotion arises, just waiting to be immortalized. Light, often the first impression to capture my attention, becomes the trigger for the composition. I symplify the shape and use color and light to their expressive qualities, exploring the mysterious land between perceived and felt, between instinct and rationality. I take the vitality and richness of the landscape while concentrating on the emotional context.

I bring nature to the essential: line, shape and color. The contours less defined, leave ample way for the free and spontaneous gestures. The atmospheres created contribute to the feeling of attending a special moment, meditative, where the unspoken is part of the painting.

My paintings reflect my commitment to bring my vision of the Canadian landscape, both by the measurable and the abstract. With my works of modern and contemporary design, I’m looking primarily to produce an atmosphere to create an intense emotional dialogue with the viewer.

SCULPTURES

Sculpture is an other facet of my creation. Why birds? I observe them and I have photographed them for several years now. What interests me is to give them an attitude as if they were caught up in action. I love nature and everything it offers us. It is therefore naturally that the theme of birds was added to my artistic repertoire.

To create my sculptures, I use papier mache. The raw material comes from shredded paper that I recycle. It is accessible and very pleasant to use.

Biography

Chantal Julien lives and works in Sherbrooke, province of Quebec. Her interest in the visual arts begins very early. Mainly self-taught, she participates in professional development workshops and obtains a certificate in visual arts at the University of Sherbrooke.

She has been invited to prestigious symposiums and exhibitions, including Sakai and Kyoto in Japan and at the International Festival of Visual Arts of Monastir in Tunisia. She received numerous awards and grants including The Shirl Smithson Memorial Scholarships, awarded to a current OPA member in representational oil painting, and twice the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. Her works are part of many public and private collections in Canada, including Loto-Québec and Sherbrooke City, the United States, Europe and Japan.

She is a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA), the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA), the Institute of Representative Arts (IAF), the Coalition of Artists in Visual Arts of Quebec (RAAV) and the Oil painters of America (OPA). She is listed since 1996 in the Biennial Directory of Canadian Artists in galleries Magazin'art. An article about her work appeared in the art magazine “Magazin'art” of spring 2011. (pdf,2Mo)

She is represented permanently in the following galleries: Fallen Leaf Gallery (Canmore, Alberta), Ryan Fine Art Gallery, (Port Carling, Ontario), Gainsborough Gallery (Calgary), René Richard (Baie St-Paul), Pierre Séguin (Ile Perrot).

Résumé

Awards

2017 “Best in Show” Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival (NS) "View From Back Street Road".
2016 Radio-Canada Award, Salon des métiers d’art de l’Estrie, Sherbrooke, For my sculpture "Sur une branche perchée".
2016 Shirl Smithson Memorial Scholarships”, Oil Painter of America.
2016 Award at the exhibition of Canadian Society of Artists,Leyton Gallery of Fine Art a St. John's, Terre-Neuve.
2014 Award of merit, Salon d'automne of the Fine art museum of Mont-Saint-Hilaire.
2014 2nd award at the Painting Festival, Mascouche.
2014 Award of merit at the exhibition of Canadian Society of Artists, Salmon Arm, BC.
2014-2012, 2010, 2007 Finalist at the National painting contest, Baie-St-Paul.
2012 Finalist in landscape category of the 28th annual contest of Artist’s Magazine
2014, 2012, 2010, 2007 Finalist, National painting contest, Baie St-Paul.
2012, 2009, 2004 Mention, National painting contest, Baie St-Paul.
2011 Distinction from my peers for the quality of my work, Cap-Santé Symposium.
2009 Member of the jury for the symposium de Waterloo
2008 1st price, Painting festival, Mascouche
2002, 1996 Grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation
2004 3rd mention, National painting contest, Baie St-Paul
2003 Admitted in the Figurative Arts Institute
2003 1st price, oil,  Symposium St-Germain de Kamouraska
2001 1st price, L'Internationale de miniatures, St-Nicolas

Formation

2012 Workshop with Alvaro Castagnet, Vermont, USA.
1998 Workshop with Seymour Segal, Saint-Camille
1997 Water media workshop, with Maxine Masterfield
1997 - 1994 Certificat in visuals arts, Université de Sherbrooke
1993-1992 Workshops with Michel Duguay, Pierre Jeanson, René Tardif.

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Raymond, Chabot Grant, Thornton, Sherbrooke.
2015 Parallèle, Centre culturel Pierre Gobeil, Sherbrooke.
2014 Cultures, Mystères et Contrastes, Galerie Artazo, Sherbrooke.
2012 Ambiance Gallery, Montreal
2007 Whitin the marsh, Creatio, Magog
2006 Atmospheres, Gallery ArtAzo, Sherbrooke
2005, 2002 Gallery Pilar Shephard, Charlottetown, (PEI)
2005 Gallery Pierre Séguin, Île-Perrot

Group exhibitions 

2014 Exposition IAF, Musée Marius Barbeau, Beauce.
2014-2013 Salon des arts, Sherbrooke.
2012 Irohani Gallery, Sakai, Japan.
2012 Jarfo Gallery, Kyoto, Japan.
2011 Interculturel exchange Japan-Canada, Baie-Saint-Paul.
2010 Bestiaire, galerie ArtAzo, Sherbrooke.
2009-2005 L'art de donner, Centre des sciences, Montréal
2007 10th anniversairy, ArtAzo gallery, Sherbrooke.
2005 Pilar Shephard gallery, Charlottetown (IPE)
2005 Les grands noms de l’art figuratif contemporain, Boréart Granby.
2004 Galerie du Vieux Village, Boucherville
2002 Creatio, Centre Culturel Y.L.Bombardier, Valcourt
2002 La Grande Virée Artistique, Sherbrooke. 

Symposiums

2016, 2011 Symposium “Victo et ses oies”, Victoriaville.
2016-1999 Symposium de L’Anse-St-Jean-Petit-Saguenay.
2016 Grande virée artistique de Sherbrooke.
2016 Festival des arts, Georgeville-Fitch-Bay.
2015-2014, 2009 Symposium de peinture de Baie-Comeau.
2015-2013 L’accueil des grands peintres, Chersteville.
2014 Weekend des arts, Port-Daniel.
2014, 2008 Festival de peinture, Mascouche
2013 Festival international d’arts plastiques de Monastir, Tunisie.
2013-2010 Rêves d'automne, Une rue à peindre, Baie-St-Paul.
2011 Présidente d’honneur, symposium du parc de l’Île Saint-Quentin.
2011  Symposium riche en couleurs, Cap-Santé.
2010-2003 Symposium de Danville
2010 L'art salin, Carleton-Sur-Mer.
2010 Montebello en peinture.
2009 Symposium de l'Étang du Nord, Îles-De-La-Madeleine.
2008 Symposium de la Mauricie, Shawinigan.
2007 Farandole des arts, Estérelle.
2007-1996 St-Germain de Kamouraska.

Associations

2017 FCA (Federation of Canadian Artists)
2014 SCA (Society of Canadian Artists)
2013 OPA (Oil Painter of America)
2003 I.A.F (Figurative Arts Institut)
2003 R.A.A.V.(Group of Visual Art Artists )
1997-2011 Créatio 

Publications

2017 Radio-Canada, April 2017 Interview of Chantal Julien.
2017 Article in Émergence Magazine, ( page 12, May 2017)
2011 Article in Magazin'art, spring 2011 (pdf,2Mo)
1996-2012 Biennial Guide to Canadian Artists in Galleries (Magazin'art)

Public collections

Collection Canimex, Drummondville.
Permanent collection in Jarfo Gallery, Kyoto, Japan.
Festival de peinture, Mascouche
Collection Loto-Québec
City Hall, Ville de Sherbrooke
Le Groupe Malette Maheux
Scotia McLeod
Caisse populaire Desjardins, Coaticook
Caisse populaire Desjardins du Nord, Sherbrooke