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Ariane Dubois

Born in Boisbriand, PQ

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Biography

Artist Statement

My process of art making over the past 18 years has included painting on canvas or paper.

My childhood home in Boisbriand near the river, woods and fields, inspires the organic forms found in my painting. I am greatly inspired by nature and seasons, which act as the memory of time passing by.

The landscape images become pretext to achieve a personal and meditative impression. The process incorporates thin layers of oil on top of acrylique, latex and enamel paint and build a complex space where the transparency of the surface reveals layers from the ground. Textural layers made of impasto, play an important role in my work. The layers are built on top of each other and reveal a lyrical imagery from patterns of nature.

The approach in my process is mostly intuitive and meditative. By creating evocative moods and atmospheres, I hope to reach the inner aspect of things as well as the inner space of the viewer that lies beneath the superficial appearance.

Biography

Few artists live out their lives in the place of their birth, and even fewer are those for whom that corner of the world provides inspiration. Yet this is the case for Ariane Dubois, who lives and works in Boisbriand, where she was born. She certainly did not limit her exploration, however. Dubois has acquired three grants as well as a BFA in studio art from Concordia University, a degree in Art History and a Master’s in Museology from the Université de Montréal. As a result, she leads a double career in visual art and museology.

As an independent curator, she has organized several exhibitions at the Salle Alfred-Pellan in the Maison des arts de Laval, notably Kittie Bruneau universelle and Rhapsodie, a retrospective exhibition of works by Jean McEwen, for which she also wrote the exhibition catalogue.

As an artist, Ariane Dubois has developed a personal approach over the past eighteen years that stems from her relationship with nature and natural imagery. She has also participated in several group exhibitions. Her works were selected by a jury as part of the last two editions of Les Femmeuses at Pratt et Whitney in Longueuil, and for the first Biennale for Drawing at the Musée d’art de Mont-Saint- Hilaire in 2006. In addition, her works have been shown in Mexico as part of the ¡Voilà Québec en México!, an event organized by the Loto-Québec Collection.

Ariane Dubois also boasts well over a dozen solo exhibitions in renowned art centres and museum such as the Galerie Horace in Sherbrooke, the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides in Saint- Jérôme, Praxis art actuel in Saint-Thérèse and Galerie d’art d’Outremont. The most recent show was presented in 2007, at Salle Alfred-Pellan in Laval.

Dubois’s paintings can be found in several prominent public, private, and corporate collections including those of Loto-Québec, Promutuelle l’Abitibienne, Caisses Desjardins, Banque Royale du Canada and Abitibi Consol.

Text by Françoise Belu.

Studied at

1995-1997 - BFA Education, University of Quebec at Montreal
1993–1997 - Masters in Museology with internship at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Montreal, Education and Cultural division
1991-1993 - Art History Certificate, University of Montreal
1987-1991 - BFA (painting, drawing and ceramic), Concordia University, Montreal
1983-1987 - College Diploma in Fine Arts, College Lionel-Groulx, Sainte-Therese

Awards

1992 - Grant supporting artistic practises, (short term), Quebec Ministry of Cultural Affairs
2001 – Grant supporting artistic practices (long term), Council of Arts and Letters of Quebec

Professional Activities

2007 – Art Teacher, Commission scolaire de Laval, Odyssee des Jeunes school
2002-2006 – Independent curator, Salle Alfred Pellan, Laval
1997-2002 – Coordinator and Exhibit Curator, Corporation du centre culturel Andre-Mathieu/Maison des Arts de Laval – Visual Arts (permanent position) for the city of Laval, PQ
1991–1997 – Director, Salle Alfred-Pellan, Laval

Commissions

Mille-Iles School Commission – Ecole Horizon-Jeunesse, Laval
Laurenval School Commission, Laval

Member of

2003–2005 - Museum of Contemporary Art of Laurentides, Acquisitions Committee
1991-2005 – Conseil de la Culture des Laurentides
2004 – Association Lavalloise pour les artes plastiques
1995-1999 – Foundation de Soutine aux arts de Laval

Solo Exhibitions

2009 - De l’aube au crépuscule, Galerie Eve Fontaine, St-Hyacinthe, QC
2009 – Oeuvres recentes, Galerie Eve Fontaine, St-Hyacinthe, PQ
2008 – Landes brumeuses, Galerie D’Este, Montreal, PQ
2007 – Lieux Momentanes, Salle Alfred Pellan, Laval, PQ
2005 – Entre Deux Mondes, Vieux Presbytere, Saint-Bruno, PQ
2005 – Marais – Les eaux troubles, Art Gallery of Outremont, Montreal, PQ
2004 – Recent Works, Olivier Martin Gallery, Montreal, PQ
2002 - Ut Pictura Poesis, Praxis art actuel Gallery, Sainte-Therese, PQ
2000 – Signes de Vie, Centre d-exposition du Vieux Palais, Saint-Jerome, PQ

Group Exhibitions

2013 – “Jardin Fauve” (Two Artist Exhibition with André Pitre), Roberts Gallery, Toronto, ON
2010-2013 – “Artists Choice” Roberts Gallery, Toronto, ON
2010 – “Three New Artists” Roberts Gallery, Toronto, ON
2009-2013 – Toronto International Art Fair, Roberts Gallery, Toronto, ON
2009 - 15th Annual Sketches Show, Roberts Gallery, Toronto, ON
2008 – Group show, Galerie D’Este, Montreal, PQ
2007 – Papier 07, AGAC et Galerie d’Este, Montreal, PQ
2007 – Group show, Galerie D’Este, Montreal, PQ
2006 – Biennale de Dessin, Musee d’art de Mont Saint-Hilaire, PQ
2004, 2005 – Les Femmeuse, Pratt & Whitney, Longueuil, PQ
2003, 2004 – Voila Quebec en Mexico, Musee de Las Artes, Guadalajara, Mexico
2003 – Les Valises, Horace Gallery, Sherbrook, PQ
2002 – Champ Libre, Centre d’exposition de Vieux-Palais, Saint–Jerome, PQ
2000 – D’un millenaire a l’autre, Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montreal, PQ

Collections

Royal Bank of Canada, Montreal
Abitibi Consolidated, Montreal
Loto-Quebec, Montreal
Montmorency College, Laval
Promotuelle L’Abitivienne, Saint-Jovite
Caisse Populaire Therese-de-Blainville, Sainte-Therese
Corporation du Parc d’affaires La Rolland