The Move­ment of Colour

Arabella - - CLAUDE LANGEVIN - writ­ten by De­bra Usher

Joanne Gau­thier was born in Trois-rivieres, Que­bec and there at col­lege stud­ied visual arts. She then went on for aca­demic stud­ies in visual arts at the Univer­sity of Que­bec. Choos­ing art has al­ways been a clear pas­sion for Joanne and she has never had any doubts as to the route to fol­low in both her stud­ies and her sub­se­quent ca­reer. “When I was very young,” says Joanne, “My par­ents lived in Descham­bault, and still do to this day, on a small street in a his­toric bor­ough in Que­bec. Many artists have lived in this same painter and Ge­orges St-pierre, whom I knew at the be­gin­ning of his ca­reer. His stu­dio fas­ci­nated me and some­times we painted to­gether. This was the start of my early de­vel­op­ment as an artist.”

Art is my Life

For Joanne, art has guided her life – it is vis­ceral, a true need. Af­ter her fam­ily, this is what oc­cu­pies all of her thoughts. “I al­ways have to thank the gal­leries who con­tinue to help me in the dis­sem­i­na­tion process, which is es­sen­tial for an artist to grow and con­tinue to im­prove,” says Joanne. “This is a very ar­du­ous way of ap­proach­ing my craft. Cre­ation is al­ways on my mind and it oc­cu­pies most of the think­ing I am al­ways work­ing a project through in my head, think­ing about my art is al­ways present.” “I think that the craft of an artist, although de­mand­ing, is highly re­ward­ing and in­tel­lec­tu­ally stim­u­lat­ing. Lone­li­ness, phys­i­cal work and doubts are part of ev­ery­day life. Dur­ing all these years, I have never stopped paint­ing, I be­lieve in the ar­dor to pur­sue my pas­sion, be con­sis­tent, con­stant and to work hard at my craft. The de­sire to cre­ate pushes me to go for­ward, to con­tinue, I am very grate­ful for the life of be­ing a painter,” says Joanne. Today, Joanne feels a grow­ing en­ergy and free­dom. Hav­ing al­ways been in­spired, she feels more than ever a fresh, new and sur­pris­ing cre­ativ­ity. “The trust that my gal­leries have in me and my work has kept me loyal to them. I have worked for a long time with the same gallery own­ers who are com­pe­tent, dy­namic and hon­est peo­ple. I ap­pre­ci­ate their en­cour­age­ment and de­light in my ar t,” states Joanne.

The In­flu­ence of other Artists

Joanne is al­ways stim­u­lated by the work of other great artists and their ren­di­tions and use of colour. “I re­mem­ber vis­it­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion by the painter Itchiku Kub­ota,” says Joanne. “It was a se­ries of very large ki­monos that il­lus­trated the four sea­sons. It could be grad­u­ally changed from spring to sum­mer, fall and win­ter. I think this ex­hi­bi­tion marked my imag­i­na­tion for its vi­brant col­ors and tex­tures. I can still feel the emo­tions

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