About Me

My biography, artist statement and curriculum, list of past events and media coverage

 

About Me

Biography

Born 1979 in Montreal, in a family of art collectors and painters dating back several generations. Raised among the works of contemporary masters, Louis-Bernard St-Jean fits with relevance in the continuation of Quebec’s postmodern heritage. His career as a painter began in 2013, when after a remarkable ascension, he devoted himself entirely to his professional practice in early 2015.

Louis-Bernard St-Jean is a member of the RAAV (Regroupement des Artistes en Arts Visuels du Québec) and CARFAC (Canadian Artists Representation/Front des Artistes Canadiens). His works are presented in many private and public collections around the world (Canada, US, France and Germany.)

Awards & Distinctions

Louis-Bernard St-Jean received the People's Choice Award for the piece Rhapsody in Blue at the annual "Brush Off!" 2015 Juried Painting Competition; his artwork Taïga was selected for the regional finals of the 2016 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series.

Statement

These sculptural oil paintings reminiscent of the splendours of nature and architecture are made by incorporating organic patterns through heavy texture to create bold impressionistic compositions that possess a distinctive depth, structure and movement.

Using a unique sculptural technique, I shape the texture by carving and tearing thick layers of pure oil paint with a palette knife in a controlled gesture to gradually build the relief up to an inch high, giving it a peculiar tactile quality. This allows me to combine different perspectives of a same theme into one merged composition that will change its aspect with the light’s intensity and the observer’s viewing angles, while the linear texture generates a lenticular screen effect that increases the piece’s brightness and glow. This accentuated sensorial and perceptual experience creates a mesmerizing effect that appeals to all senses, pulling the viewer further into the artwork.

“I try to push beyond the figurative by making abstraction of any defined form and focus instead on the general impact conveyed by the piece as a whole, using impressionistic elements of the thematic as emotional triggers that will appeal to the observer’s experiences and his own desire to travel and explore this lush nature.”

 

Artist Curriculum

Art Galleries & Representations

Galerie Youn

Since Jan 2017  ·  5226 Saint-Laurent Blvd., Montreal QC  H2T 1S1

Currently represented

Petroff Gallery

Since Feb 2016  ·  1016 Eglinton Ave. West, Toronto ON  M6C 2C5

Currently represented

Galerie Z

Apr 1, 2015 - Feb 28, 2016  ·  5409 Saint-Laurent Blvd., Montreal QC  H2T 1S5

* Permanently closed

Galerie Avenue Art

Oct 1, 2014 - Aug 30, 2015  ·  731 de la Commune St. West, Montreal QC H3C 1X7

* Previous address (pending relocation)

 

Contemporary Art Fairs

Solo Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

Live Painting

Art Events

Mentoring

YES Montreal

Since 2013  ·  666 Sherbrooke St. W, suite 700, Montreal QC

 

CJE Plateau Mont-Royal

2013 - 2015  ·  1265 Mont-Royal avenue E., Montreal QC

 

CJE Montréal Centre-Ville

2014 - 2015  ·  666 Sherbrooke St. W. suite 2100, Montreal QC

 

Volunteering

Tune Into YES 10

Oct 19, 2016  ·  St-James Theatre, Montreal QC

 

Papier 16

Apr 20, 2016 - Apr 24, 2016  ·  Pier 16, Quai de l'Horloge, Montreal QC

 

Gala des Arts Visuels

Dec 10, 2014  ·  Le Rialto Theatre, Montreal QC

 

Tune Into YES 8

Oct 2014  ·  L’Olympia Theatre, Montreal QC

 

Associations

Regroupement des Artistes en Arts Visuels du Québec (RAAV)

Since 2014  ·  Montreal QC

 

Canadian Artists Representation (CARFAC)

Since 2014  ·  Montreal QC

 

English Language Arts Network (ELAN)

Since 2016  ·  Montreal QC

 

 

Awards & Competitions

Awards

People's Choice Award
5th Annual "Brush Off!" Canadian Juried Painting Competition

Sep 18, 2015  ·  Galerie Avenue Art, Montreal QC

For the piece Rhapsody in Blue; selected by a resounding majority of votes.

 

Art Competitions

Regional Finalist
Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Semi-Finals

Sep 8, 2016  ·  Galerie Youn

For the piece Taïga.

Finalist
4th Annual "Brush Off!" Canadian Juried Painting Competition

Sep 2014  ·  Galerie Avenue Art

For the artworks Or Noir and L'oiseau de feu.

Finalist
Le parcours de l'artiste

Nov 2014  ·  CJE Plateau Mont-Royal

Honourable mention for "his professionalism and determination."

 

Media, Press & Publications

Video Interviews

 

New Works Group Exhibition

New Works | Galerie Youn

Video presenting Galerie Youn's 2017 New Works group exhibition (January 14th - March 11th.)  With Interviews of exhibiting artists Mark Liam Smith, Mass Dousseurk, Louis-Bernard St-Jean, Robin Crofut-Brittingham and gallery owner Juno Youn.

Video produced and realized by Claudel Désir.

Saturday, January 14th, 2017  ·  Montreal QC

 

Television Interviews
 

Culture - Foire Artist Project 2016

Le téléjournal de 18h | CBC / Radio-Canada Ontario Francophone

Aired on Thursday, February 18th, 2016 at 06:19 pm  ·  Toronto ON

 

Montreal's Emerging Artists

Morning News | Global TV Montreal

Aired live on Monday, February 15th, 2016 at 07:20 am  ·  Montreal QC

 

Radio Interviews
 

Montreal Emerging Artists - The week before the fair

The Friday Morning After | CKUT 90.3 FM

Aired live on Friday, February 12th, 2016 at 8:30 am  ·  Montreal QC

 

Montreal Emerging Artists - After the fair recap

The Friday Morning After | CKUT 90.3 FM

Aired live on Friday, February 26th, 2016 at 8:45 am  ·  Montreal QC

 

Written Press & Publications
 

Tout miser sur la peinture

Société (Nouvelle vie), p. 14 | Le Journal de Montréal
Société (Nouvelle vie), p. 16 | Le Journal de Québec

Published on Thursday, June 8th, 2017  ·  Montreal QC

Read the article on the website: Journal de Montréal and Le Journal de Québec

 

Montreal emerging artist trio ready to wow Toronto

Art & Entertainment | The Suburban Newspaper

Published on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016  ·  Montreal QC

Read article on The Suburban Newspaper website >