“My greatest hope and only desire is that whomever acquires my work draws hope, energy and a sense of well-being from it.
The bird attracts me particularly…they speak to our inner selves and have an enchanting side. Birds are the only free animals that we live in harmony with. They bring life, colour, and spontaneity to even the most urbanized settings.
Each painting becomes an exploration. When I start, I don’t know where it will take me. The instinctive gesture of the untried subject is my guide. I wait for the moment when the image comes to life. I go in search of perfection but to reach this ideal, I must remain honest and respect my rhythm. I need to retain my freedom of expression.”
Gilles comes from a family of artists. In his youth he created caricatures and then became interested in painting. His artistic interests are wide ranging, from engraving, stained glass and even writing poetry. His style is uniquely his, which he explores with curiosity and abandon. He was born in Montréal, QC in 1964, lives and works in Sainte-Adèle, Quebec.
|1993||Secondary and collegiate teaching certificat, UQAC
(Université du Québec in Chicoutimi)
|1992||Visual arts certificat, UQAC|
|2007||Iris Gallery, 20th anniversary exhibition, Baie St-Paul, QC
Duo Exhibition, Long Island gallery, NY.
|1998||La Corniche Gallery, Chicoutimi, QC (poetry) duo with Serge Boily, sculptor|
|1994||Auto da fé 1, exposition financed by the Canada Council for the Arts, Montréal, QC|
|1992||Auto da fé 2, exposition financed by the Canada Council for the Arts , Chicoutimi, QC
Aperçus, UQAC Gallery, Chicoutimi, QC
Sur-faces, L’œuvre de l’autre Gallery, Chicoutimi, QC
AWARDS AND MENTIONS
|1997||Desjardins prize 1997, glass engraving|
|1995||UQAC scholarship for the realization of solo exposition ALOURYAM|
|1992||EXPLORATION scholarship, Canada Council for the Arts|
|1993||First and second prize UQAC poetry competition, Chicoutimi, QC|