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Sher­brooke

“New Old Masters” is an ex­pres­sion coined by Don­ald Kus­pit, the dis­tin­guished New York art critic, to de­scribe con­tem­po­rary fig­u­ra­tive painters who rein­ter­pret or even ex­pro­pri­ate the work of the Old Masters. Both painters France Jodoin’s and Kevin Son­mor’s works, who live in Cowansville and work in the re­gion, could well an­swer this de­scrip­tion. Rare signs of a hu­man pres­ence, the sail­boats of France Jodoin seem de­fense­less be­fore the vi­o­lence and im­men­sity of the sea, lost at the point where it merges with the sky. Cre­at­ing sil­hou­ettes of boats with­out sails, barely sketched in, tossed by the tur­bu­lent waves or float­ing in the mist of calmer seas, her sea-scapes are at the same time stud­ies of tra­di­tional sub­jects in art his­tory and a re­flec­tion on pic­to­rial space. In the same way, the work of Kevin Son­mor is nour­ished by am­bi­gu­i­ties. Specif­i­cally, he matches bits of classical sub­jects – flow­ers, fruits, still lives, horses – with a more con­tem­po­rary tech­nique, a spon­ta­neous brush-stroke, a tex­ture modern and fluid, with a pow­er­ful col­oriza­tion. Both artists bring time to a halt, freeze a mo­ment, tell a story or a nar­ra­tive, in a space where a strange sad­ness or a vivid emo­tion is ex­pressed

by a deep com­pre­hen­sion of paint­ing it­self, by the ex­plo­ration of tex­ture, be­tween a kind of re­al­ity and an ev­i­dent the­atri­cal­ity.

When look­ing at a France Jodoin paint­ing, one rec­og­nizes a flu­id­ity of pur­pose both in the mak­ing and the view­ing. A sense of some­thing be­com­ing, for a mo­ment, then slip- ping away. France Jodoin is a painter of moods and must, as such, labour from her in­tu­ition. There is no time or space here for pedes­trian de­tails or mun­dane specifics, only for di­rec­tions…ab­strac­tion be­com­ing fig­u­ra­tion, still­ness dis­solv­ing into move­ment, air into water, ar­chi­tec­ture into mist.

France Jodoin. Échos, 2011, oil on linen

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