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  1. My artistic approach
  2. CV

1. My artistic approach

My artistic approach

Through my painting, I seek to release atmospheres that are conducive to introspection, or to a moment of emotion. My approach is intuitive. Starting from an emotion, a spontaneous gesture, I assemble shapes and colors that come together to evoke a certain ambiance. I discover it at the same time as I paint it.

My inspiration often comes from my internalized impressions of landscapes and elements of nature that come together in a more or less abstract way. Incidentally, I regroup together what I have been doing for the last few years under the title of Lifescapes, in reference to what stirs in us while observing nature. Sometimes it can also come from poetic texts that I write in parallel with my painting process.

In any case, at the beginning, there is a moment of attention in which I dive and which takes me with my painting in an unknown direction.

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Such process takes time. I can work on a painting a few hours a day for several weeks, until something emerges and gives me satisfaction.

I often nearly finished a painting and started all over again. Some paintings have thus been completely transformed between the first layout to the final result.

In this process, I go through a whole range of emotions. There are discoveries, beautiful moments of joy and sometimes also drama, when everything that I have patiently built suddenly breaks up and disappears. Then something new is reborn from this chaos and at some point the painting is finished, leaving an impression of contentment and the anticipated pleasure of sharing it. The process has finally achieved a balance where I feel that things are in their place.

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Writing is an integral part of my artistic approach and takes place in much the same introspective way as my painting process.

The two are done in parallel, and then at one point they meet. Sometimes the painting inspires the text, or vice versa, but more often than not, the two have their own path and join at some point during the creation process.

Each of my paintings is thus accompanied by a poem that prolongs the visual experience and underlines the emotion.

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My artistic approach is as much a research on myself as a journey in writing and visual arts.

For most of us, painting and writing are solitary activities. It is as if I was dancing with myself, hour after hour, day after day, and the dance was opening spaces through which something could be born through shapes and colors, or through words.  Sometimes, when I feel peace and calm in and around me, it can be comforting. It can also be challenging when I go through moments of difficulties or self-doubt.

Paradoxically, it is also a way to recognize my own solitude, to sculpt it into a work of art and to share the emotion around me.

My relation to time also plays a key role in my approach. I realize that everything that I have experienced so far in my life has brought me to this very moment that I am living. In such a moment, time does not pass, and there is no more room for anxiety at the prospect of a future death. It is a space-time of greater freedom, which becomes the backdrop on which I paint and write.

2. CV

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Coordinates

  • Telephone:        (1) – 819-635-7538 (Canada)
  • Email:            gbessette3@gmail.com
  • Web site:          www. guybessette.ca
  • Instagram:        guy bessette arts
  • Facebook :        guy bessette arts

Exhibitions

Planned events::

  • May 2021

Exhibition with the painter André Clouâtre, Galerie Espaces, Montréal

  • October 2020 

Video of my artist studio in the context of the Visit of Artists’ Studios organized by Arts visuels Gatineau

Past events :

  • October 2019   

Visit of my artist studio, in the context of the Visit of Artists’ Studios organized by Arts visuels Gatineau

  • July 2019       

Juried collective exhibition, Espace Pierre-Debain, town of Gatineau

  • April 2018         

Solo exhibition, Galerie Carte Blanche, Montréal

Other

  • Member of Arts visuels de Gatineau  (previously known as Conseil des arts d’Aylmer)
  • Vice-president and board member of Arts visuels de Gatineau (since 2019)

Activities in the context of the association :

  • 2020 : coordinating committee for a research on Gatineau’s artists between 1955 and today
  • 2019 : coordinating committee of the visit of Gatineau artists’ studios