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Biographical Notes

Thompson Landry Gallery, Toronto Canada, June 2014

Thompson Landry Gallery, Toronto Canada, June 2014

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Born in Maniwaki (Québec), Etienne Gélinas pursued college education in “visual and media arts” at the Collège de l’Outaouais in Gatineau, followed by a Bachelor’s degree in art and design from the UQO (BA) in 2006, and later graduated with a master’s degree in project management (MPM) from the UQO in 2012, and also a Master in visual art (MA) at the UQO in 2015. He has staged numerous solo exhibitions, including at AxeNeo7, at the Art-Image and Espace Odysée galleries of the Maison de la Culture de Gatineau, at the D’Avignon Gallery in Montréal, at the St-Laurent+Hill Gallery in Ottawa, at the Galerie Montcalm of the Maison du Citoyen de Gatineau, at the Thompson Landry Gallery in Toronto, at the Lanlande & Doyle Gallery of the Shenkman Arts Centre in Ottawa, at The CACPC of Chelsea as well at the Centre d’exposition de Val-d’Or.

Artist Statement

My research focuses on the ambiguity of codes and language systems in a semiotic space, in painting today. It is a reflection on the duality of plastic and scientific codes, and on the concept of space and the paradoxical aspect that emerges. I endeavor to link systems, to make them coexist and dialogue. The result generates an interaction between artistic forms and representations of scientific languages.

Different languages become one within the same space.

Space and architecture are central concepts of my approach. Space presents itself abstractly through a detachment of the plans, an overlap of delineated areas, and assemblies of multipoint perspectives which dig into the surface of the painting to give it a sense of depth. An objectively two dimensional space, that becomes three-dimensional rather subjectively through our interpretation of the codes that are presented.

The compositions suggest continuity of the image beyond its physical limits. An approach that helps to highlight the notion of space in my work and which implicitly refers us to the world of cinema and photography by including the concept of framing.

The glossy and glazed finish of some areas in my paintings is reminiscent of the screen by its transparency. The screen is probably what best represents the transformation of our technological culture, propelling us into a new age of “écranique” (screen) prosthesis. This appendix has become, increasingly, that through which we see and transform our environment. By their ubiquity, screens redefine our space references. The multiple screens within our environments profoundly alter the sensitive area we are able to perceive and our perception of the still image.

In a world where the screen has taken the place of reality and tends to make it disappear (Fischer 2008), has painting, which was originally a window to the world, become the still picture of the “écranique” reality?

Fischer, H. (2008). Les métaphores de l’écran, Prolifération des écrans/Proliferation of screens. Québec [Que.], Presses de l’Université du Québec.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

MA. Master in visual art with distinction, École Multidisciplinaire de l’Image of the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) –  Gatineau (Québec) – 2015

MPM. Master in project management, Faculty of administration of the Université du Québec en

Outaouais (UQO) –  Gatineau (Québec) – 2012

BFA. Bachelor of arts and design, major in visual arts, Université du Québec en Outaouais 

(UQO) –  Gatineau (Québec) – 2006

College Education in “visual and media arts”, Collège de l’Outaouais – Gatineau, (Québec) 

– 2003

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Painting Exhibition, Thompson Landry Gallery, Toronto (Ontario) 

2017 Painting Exhibition, Richelieu Gallery, Montreal (Québec)

2017 Painting Exhibition, St-Laurent + Hill Gallery, Ottawa (Ontario) 

2016 Painting Exhibition, Galerie d’art d’Outremont, Montréal (Québec)

2015 Painting Exhibition, St-Laurent + Hill Gallery, Ottawa (Ontario)

2015 Painting Exhibition, Galerie Montcalm, Gatineau (Québec)

2014 Painting Exhibition, Thompson Landry Gallery, Toronto (Ontario)

2014 Painting Exhibition, Galerie Art-Image, Maison de la culture de Gatineau (Québec)

2014 Painting Exhibition, Centre d’exposition de Val-d’Or (Québec) 

2013 Painting Exhibition, St-Laurent + Hill Gallery, Ottawa (Ontario) 

2013 Painting Exhibition, Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa (Ontario) 

2013 Painting Exhibition, The Chelsea Arts, Culture and Heritage Centre’s, (Québec) 

2013 Painting Exhibition, Château Logue, Maniwaki (Québec)

2012 Painting Exhibition, Gallery3, Ottawa (Ontario)

2012 Painting Exhibition, La Nouvelle Scène, Ottawa (Ontario)

2011 Painting Exhibition, Thompson Landry Gallery, Toronto (Ontario)

2011 Painting Exhibition, Château Logue, Maniwaki (Québec)

2011 Painting Exhibition, St-Laurent + Hill Gallery, Ottawa (Ontario) 

2010 Painting Exhibition, St-Laurent + Hill Gallery, Ottawa (Ontario) 

2009 Painting Exhibition, Thompson Landry Gallery, Toronto (Ontario)

2009 Painting Exhibition, Codification élective, Galerie Montcalm, Gatineau (Québec)

2009 Painting Exhibition, St-Laurent + Hill Gallery, Ottawa (Ontario)

2008 Painting Exhibition, Codification émotive, Espace Odyssée, Maison de la culture de Gatineau (Québec)

2007 Painting Exhibition, Codification pragmatique, Casino Lac Leamy, Gatineau (Québec)

2007 Painting Exhibition, Résistances électives, centre d’artistes AXENÉO7, commissioner: Monique Pilon, Gatineau (Québec)

2006 Painting Exhibition, Époque Art Gallery, Gatineau (Québec) 

2005 Sculpture Exhibition, “Hommage à Gilles Carle” Film Festival, curator: Agathe Quévillon, Maniwaki (Québec) 

Collective Exhibitions

2017 Painting Exhibition, l’intemporalité du corp, Le Livart Gallery, Montréal (Québec)

2016 Painting Exhibition, Noir / Blanc , Le Livart Gallery, Montréal (Québec)

2016 Painting Exhibition, Émergence 25 , Art-image Gallery de la Maison de la culture de Gatineau (Québec)

2016 Painting Exhibition, Thompson Landry Gallery, Toronto (Ontario)

2014 Painting Exhibition, MFA Gallery, Concordia University, Montréal (Québec)

2013 Painting Exhibition, Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG), (Ontario) 

2013 Painting Exhibition, Collection  Loto-Québec, Galerie Montcalm, Gatineau (Québec)

2012 Painting Exhibition, Journées de la culture, Galerie UQO, Gatineau (Québec)

2012 Painting Exhibition, Private event at Pratte, Gatineau (Québec)

2011 Painting Exhibition, Artists Palettes – Claude Bouchard collection, Museum of Fine arts, Mont-Saint-Hilaire (Québec)

2010 Painting Exhibition, Collection  Loto-Québec, Galerie Montcalm, Gatineau (Québec)

2009 Painting Exhibition, Ottawa City Hall Art Gallery, (Ontario)

2008 Painting Exhibition, d’Avignon Gallery, Montréal (Québec)

2007 Painting Exhibition, Émergence, Art-image Gallery, Maison de la culture de Gatineau Québec) 

Awards and Recognitions

2015 Graduated with honours 

2014 Excellence Award, UQO Foundation

2013 “Prix de la Relève” at the Culturiades: the Gala of Cultural Excellence in the Outaouais region. (A recognition as the emerging artist of the year)

Experience – Contracting  

2010 Design of a presentation image for Lab)Idéeclic!

2010 Guest artist at the Fleurs de macadam Festival – Gatineau, Québec

2009 Lecturer – Jeudi des arts at the Montcalm Gallery – Gatineau, Québec

2009 Lecturer – Mercredi PM at the École Multidisciplinaire de l’Image (ÉMI), Gatineau, Québec

2007 Painting Teacher, City of Gatineau – Gatineau, Québec

2006 Painting Teacher, City of Gatineau – Gatineau, Québec                                

2006 Guest artist at the Fleurs de macadam Festival – Gatineau, Québec

2005 Design and construction of a steel staircase railing for a house

2003 Assistant in sculpture workshops, Université du Québec en Outaouais – Gatineau, Québec                     

Collections

Loto-Québec Collection

City of Ottawa Art Collection

City of Gatineau Art Collection

Colart Collection 

Private Collection of Claude Bouchard

Global Public Affairs Collection

Representation in Galleries

St-Laurent + Hill Gallery, Ottawa (Ontario)

Gallery 3, Ottawa (Ontario)

Thompson Landry Gallery, Toronto (Ontario)

Michel Bigué Gallery, Saint-Saveur (Québec)

L’Harmattan Gallery, Baie-Saint-Paul (Québec)

Richelieu Gallery, Montreal  (Québec)

Cultural Involvement and Other Activities

2012 Donated one piece of artwork for the financing campaign (auction) of the Société d’Alzheimer de l’Outaouais québécois and the Maison d’hébergement Fleur-Ange (since 2007)

2012 Donated one piece of artwork for the Ottawa Art Gallery for the Annual Art Auction 

2011 Donated one piece of artwork for the Ottawa Art Gallery for the Annual Art Auction 

2011 Donated one piece of artwork for the financing campaign (auction) of the Centre d’intervention et de prévention en toxicomanie de l’Outaouais

2010 Donated one piece of artwork for the financing campaign (auction) of the Centre d’intervention et de prévention en toxicomanie de l’Outaouais

2010 Donated one piece of artwork for the City of Ottawa Annual Art Auction 

2009 Donated one piece of artwork for the financing campaign (auction) of the Richelieu Club, Ottawa 

2009 Donated one piece of artwork for the financing campaign (auction) of the Canadian Cancer Society, Lac-Leamy Casino, Gatineau

Bibliography 

2017 ICI Radio-Canada première, Report, Les arts plastiques à l’école, toujours aussi importants en Outaouais, by Chantal Plouffe et Christelle D’Amours, 07 septembre.

2017 ICI Radio-Canada première, interview, Sur le vif, Étienne Gélinas en exposition à la galerie St-Laurent + Hill à Ottawa, by Chantal Plouffe, 17 juillet.

2015 ICI Radio-Canada première, interview, Les voies du retour, Étienne Gélinas exhibition at La galerie Montcalm de la Maison du citoyen de Gatineau, by Julien Morissette, May 01.

2015 LeDroit, L’architecte de l’abstrait poétique, Étienne Gélinas exhibition at La galerie Montcalm de la Maison du citoyen de Gatineau, by Valérie Lessard, May 09.

2015 ICI Radio-Canada télé, entrevue avec Étienne Gélinas, par Jean-François Chevrier, Le téléjournal Ottawa-Gatineau,  04 mai.

2014 ICI Radio-Canada première, interview, Le radio magazine, Étienne Gélinas en exposition au centre d’exposition de Val-d’Or, by Vanessa Limage, December 15. 

2014 LeDroit, Les poétiques paradoxes d’Étienne Gélinas, by Valérie Lessard, August 16.

2014 ICI Radio-Canada première, interview, Les voies du retour, Étienne Gélinas en exposition à la galerie Art-image de la Maison de la culture de Gatineau, by Julien Morissette, August 07.

2014 Journal Le Choix – Étienne Gélinas voit grand, by Philippe Daoust, August 07.

2014 Lezarts Outaouais, interview with Étienne Gélinas, exhibition at La galerie Art-Image, by Émilie Pagé, September 2014. 

2014 La Fabrique culturelle, Du tableau blanc à la touche finale, Étienne Gélinas talk about is creative process, by François DesRochers, September 11.

2014 ICI Radio-Canada, interview with Étienne Gélinas, by Kevin Sweet, le téléjournal Ontario,  24 juin.

2013 Art & Science Journal, Issue two, Étienne Gélinas, by Melissa Daly-Buajtti, May 19.

2013 Télé-Québec, Étienne Gélinas, exhibition at The Chelsea Arts, Culture and Heritage Centre’s, by François DesRochers, May 19.

2012 Ruby – TFO, Étienne Gélinas, exhibition at Gallery 3, by Jean-Maxime Bourgeois, October 4.

2012 Ruby – TFO, Étienne Gélinas, Standardisation poétique, La Nouvelle Scène, by Jean-Maxime Bourgeois, February 6.

2011 Sofadéco, 167 Hors Série, Étienne Gélinas, Engendrer une contradiction, by Sylvie Laberge, May 15

2011 LeDroit, exposition à la Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, Point tournant pour Gélinas, by Claude Bouchard, February 12

2011 Voir Ottawa-Gatineau, Exhibtion at St-Laurent + Hill Gallery, De deux choses l’une,  by  Katy Le Van, February 3 

2010 Guerilla Magazine, Dwelling in a world of standardized space, by Sanita Fejzic, April 5; 

http://www.getguerilla.ca/g-gallery/44-g-gallery/297-finding-individuality-in-a-world-of-codified-space 

2010 LeDroit, exposition à la Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, by Claude Bouchard, February 13