Onessimo Fine Art
 

Claude Le Blanc

Biography

Born on July 24 1951 in Montreal, Claude Le Blanc has exploited many media and techniques before specializing in the use of oil and spatula. After studying at Collège du Vieux Montréal in Fine Arts, he continued to observe a liberty of style and a personal way of expression.

After a first period of time spent in Europe, he discovered in Beaubourg a vibrant and self assured practice of the arts. The conviction of wanting to become an artist was already inscribed in his DNA—his grandfather Léopold Le Blanc having practiced the trade of jeweler for more than fifty years for Birks in Montreal and his father Jacques having completed his studies in Fine arts under the apprenticeship of brother Jerôme and Paul Émile Borduas. (two very influent Canadian Artist for the Canadian history of art)

In 1976 at the age of 26, LeBlanc opens his gallery-boutique under the name of Après l’Éden in a space on Saint Denis which will remain an important trend setter in craft and design until its closing in 1990. Benefiting from a few sabbatical years, Le Blanc explores every medium and technique that he feels will enable him to make his technique progress. 1996 is a year of “Photoshop-shock” for the artist. Everything was now possible. It is with great enthusiasm that he undertakes creation with the assistance of computers, bearing in mind the motivation that no image will ever be able to fool him.

On a day of the year 2000, facing his limits, a profound need of introspection pushes him to exile himself for six months on the west coast on the island of Victoria. He executes a series of twenty canvases that are thereafter exhibited at the Sooke Harbourg House.

Back in Montreal, he shares a studio on Bordeaux street and on Saint-Laurent Boulevard in an immense loft above designer Georges Lévesques’ “Scandal” boutique. He dedicates himself exclusively to the execution of screen-type large format canvases.

Attracted by the north coast and having the opportunity to have a seaside studio there, the artist exiles himself for five years, which will symbolize a period of intense creation. A few exhibitions and a grant will encourage his production during those years. The need for market exposure finally becomes more concrete with a move back to Montreal and his occupation of a studio in the Belgo building. A prolific period coupled with the success of a solo exhibition signified the need for more space. The latter being impossible at the Belgo, the artist moved to the Chat des Artistes on Parthenais street, which now houses LeBlanc’s workspace.

Artistic statement

My approach enables the viewer to feel what consists of his or her own experience of solitude. I paint portraits of fictional boats, imaged from cultural references in order to be submerged within the vulnerability of peaceful moments. I am an experimental painter. I undertake my work starting with abstraction, and I proceed intuitively, entering the surface with text. The impulsive nature of gesture and even sounds emitted from the spatula in the surface determine the work’s execution. My interest for landscapes come from my time spent on the North Coast. Vast forests seemed to go on forever with birch trees spread out here and there. The latter are transformed with every stroke of spatula combining balanced subtleties between realism and abstraction. The process remains intuitive with eternal changes until the work escapes from the studio. The intimate aspect of the painted surface become noticeable and entire spaces are reduced to rich layers of paint that are brushed and even scraped and profoundly marked with inscribed traces on the wooden material.

CLAUDE LEBLANC
Curriculum Vitae

INDIVIDUAL EXPOSITIONS

2013
La Virée des ateliers – Le Chat des Artistes, Montreal
FIMA – Festival International de Montréal en arts
INSPQ – Institut national de santé publique du Québec
2012
Passages – Le Chat des Artistes, Montreal
2010
Sentiers – Le Belgo, Montreal
2009
Arbres en lumière –Pierre Séguin Gallery, Montreal
Retrospective – Salle de spectacles de Sept-Îles, Sept-Îles
Recent Works – Salle l’Aquilon, Library of Sept-Îles, Sept-Îles
2008
Tous les bouleaux s’en rappellent – Café de l’Échourie, Natashquan
Tous les bouleaux s’en rappellent –Seven-Grill Restaurant, Sept-Îles
2007
Tous les bouleaux s’en rappellent – Café du port, Sept-Îles
2004
Paravents – Workshop of screen painting, Montreal

SYMPOSIUM
2010
Painting symposium of Baie-Comeau – Baie-Comeau
2009
Painting symposium Mamu / Ensemble – Shaputuan Museum, Sept-Îles

GOUP EXHIBITIONS
2012
Dehors les artistes – Pierre Séguin Gallery, Montreal
La Virée des Ateliers – Chat des artistes, Montréal
2011
Les Journées de la Culture – Chat des artistes, Montreal
2010
Rêves d'automne – Michel Boisvert Gallery, Baie-Saint-Paul
2009
Dehors les artistes – Pierre Séguin Gallery, Montreal
Festival of colors – Michel Boisvert Gallery, Baie-Saint-Paul
Groupe d’art actuel Panache – Sept-Îles
Peinture en direct –Michel Boisvert Gallery, Baie-Saint-Paul
2008
Dehors les artistes –Pierre Séguin Gallery, Montréal
2007
Art and the City – Hôtel des Gouverneurs, Sept-Îles
2003
Sooke Harbour House, British Columbia

GRANT
2009
Artistic Development Grant – City of Sept-Îles and Alouette Aluminum Company

MEDIA
2009
Radio-Canada.ca.webarchive"
Radio-Canada, Bonjour la Côte
2008
Radio-Canada, Bonjour la Côte

STUDIES
1996
Training in digital arts
1972
College Degree in Fine Arts, Collège du Vieux-Montréal

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