ABOUT THE ARTIST

ARTISTIC APPROACH

Michel Monett has been feeling and breathing nature forever. His work tells the unique relationship he has developed with his natural surroundings. Curious, he observes every rustle, every crack, every breath or runoff until you hear every pulse of nature which lives in him. A self-taught painter, Michel Monett offers us his own expression of the natural environment, both deep, wild and sculptural. His paintings are stamped with spontaneity and suggest free nature, alive and captivating where strength and fragility hold hands.

 

In the eyes of this artist, nature dances and breathes to become an accomplice. At the end of its gestures, it reveals itself, according to its moods. At dawn, it awakens, and stammers out its first words. The diffuse light of dawn reflects the atmosphere of the morning when anything is possible. In a little more than 20 years of exhibition symposia, Michel Monett’s art has toured Québec to become noticed even in France. In 2016, he won the bronze medal from the Academy of Arts - Sciences and letters in Paris, which earned him an exhibition of his work at the Carrousel of the Louvre in December of the same year. Just previously in 2015, Michel Monett won 2nd prize at one of the most prestigious painting competitions as part of the Québec painting symposium – the Rêves d’Automne de Baie St-Paul.

  

Then, the day breaks and diffused light makes its way to soon occupy the entire space of the painting. We then know it's going to be a beautiful day. The inner landscapes of the artist become ours and are projected in full light. Over time, Michel Monett became a member of the Academy of Arts - Sciences and letters of Paris, Member of the Institut des Arts Figuratifs du Québec (IAF) and the Mondial ART Académia de France. 

  

Michel Monett’s work offers us a form of realism, abstract in which every gesture, every touch of acrylic, each spot of colour, come to life by juxtaposing each other. Its nature is expressed both in texture and transparency. His paintings are so glaringly true that we, sometimes, have the impression that a torrent of water will escape the canvas and fall to our feet. Michel Monett us tells his nature with conviction, and it is clear that his inner world has the gift to sooth and calm.

  

Finally, when the shadows of the night scramble the last light of day, and the light no longer scatters sparks, the creator regenerates himself. Silently, he expresses all that nature still inspires in him to better capture the light. In his studio, he is imbued with nature, always listening, and hears it, before getting back to work.

  

Different from yesterday, and not yet those of the future, new internal landscapes are about to be born, to take on life. For Michel Monett, these moments when the imagination is not quite reality have no price since the greater freedom of the artist is to express his own nature.

 

 

EDUCATION

2005-2006     

Studies in contemporary art, UQAM,

Montreal, Qc
2005

Studies at the Académie des Beaux-Arts de Laval,

Chantale Pépin, director

Laval, QC
1998

Painting and drawing studies, Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts,

Montreal, QC
1997

Private studies in form and perspective with Pierre Desjardins painter

Montreal, QC
1986

Private sculpture studies with Maurice Boivert, wood sculptor, Boucherville, QC


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WORKSHOPS

2000-2005

Weekly portrait and live-model workshops, Centre Culturel               

Georges-Vanier, Montreal, QC


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SYMPOSIUMS

 
2016

Thetford-Mines

Candiac

Arts et passions Ste-Julie

Visit'Arts-Québec, promenade Samuel-De Champlain

Montréal en Arts

Vieux Beloeil

Les Couleurs du Manoir de Montebello

Danville

Happening de peinture de Tadoussac

Eau en couleurs Rivière à Pierre

Rêves d'Automne à Baie St-Paul

Galerie Hors-Cadre

Vallée Jonction

 

 

2015

Thetford-Mines

Art et Passion Ste-Julie

The New Art Festival, Ottawa

Montréal en Arts 

Domaine St-Bernard, Mont Tremblant

Festival de peinture, Mascouche

Art happening, Tadoussac

Rêves d'Automne,Baie St-Paul: Une rue à peindre, national painting contest and painting festival

Rivière Éternité, Anse St-Jean

Vallée Jonction, Beauce

Salon des Bois Franc, Victoriaville

 

2014

Group exposition at the World Trade Center in Montréal.

Symposiums:

Chesterville,Ste-julie, Boischatel in Québec city, Candiac, Fima in Montréal, Baie-Comeau,

Kamouraska, Domaine St-bernard, Château Richer, St-Léonard New-Brunswick, 

Mascouche, Port-Daniel in Gaspésie, Rêves D'automne at Baie-St-Paul, Rivière Éternité at Saguenay, 

Vallée Jonction Chaudière Appalache.

 

2013

FIMA at Montréal,

Domaine St-Bernard at Mont-Tremblant,

Château Richer Québec city,

St-Léonard New-Brunswick,

Bromont en art,

Frélighsburg

 

2012

St-Hyacinthe 

St-Pie


2011

Plaines couleurs, painting seminar,

Quebec City, QC

1998-2000

Yearly participation in various symposiums

Kamouraska, Granby and Sainte-Rose, QC

 

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SOLO  EXHIBITIONS

 

2015

Gallery D, Montreal

2013

Raymond-lévesque libraire, Longueuil

2011

Rouge et Sauvage studio-gallery 303

2010

Ô Bleue studio-gallery 303

2007-2008

Studio 261, Montreal

Galerie Richelieu, Montreal
2006

Ame et eau at Ars Longa gallery, Montreal

 

2005-2014

I operate my own private studio-gallery: Atelier-galerie 303

 

2003

Maison Trestler, Vaudreuil Arts Centre, Vaudreuil, QC
1998

Galerie 1040, Montreal

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GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2015

Galery  Complexe du Canal  Lachine.
2000-2005

Weekly compositions in my studio at the Galerie du Complexe du Canal Lachine

Montreal
1998

Arts centers of Mascouche, Candiac and Ste-Rose, QC
1997

Arts centers of Candiac and Ste-Rose, QC
1997

Montreal Chamber of Commerce art exhibition

 

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AWARDS

 

2015

Member of the Figurative Art Institute ( IAF )

Prize Richard Fontaine granted by his fathers to an individual and his work of art

Second place jury and prize at the national festival contest of Baie St-Paul

Third place jury and prize at Mascouche, category: professional artist

2014

Prize and solo exposition at gallery D in Montréal for 2015 won at International Art Festival of Montréal

Third place jury and prize at symposium of Candiac

Third place jury and prize at Mascouche, category: professional artist

Sélected as finalist  at the national festival contest of Baie-Saint-Paul

2013 

First place jury and prize at Domaine St-Bernard, Mont-Tremblant
2002

First prize jury in Granby, QC
2000

Honorable mention, symposium, Kamouraska, QC

 

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TEACHING

2008-present

Private perfecting painting lessons.

2011

École d'été des arts et métiers d'art de Mont-Laurier,                        

Mont-Laurier, QC

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The cover picture of Source(s) is the illustration one of my paintings.