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France Jodoin


 

Biography


The idea for a series on seascapes, which began three years ago, was inspired by my own reflections on time. I wanted to create a recognizable but imaginary geography – focusing on the large and small spaces that exist between the sky and the sea that suggest infinity and the suspension of time.

I frequently spend time by the ocean. What strikes me is that the sky and the sea have very different and uneven temperaments. This is the concept I return with to the studio and which makes its way to the canvas. Because they are formed from memories, the images that emerge are more abstract than figurative, leaving room for people to interpret the ideas in their own way. The most recent body of work includes architectural references in the backgrounds. My landscapes/seascapes are not so much about place or subject as they are about space and atmosphere.

Still-lives, portraits and animals offer a more figurative expression of my work. The subjects in these paintings rise out of visual references and develop from lines that are lightly traced onto the canvas. I work gesturally, gradually building up the color and form with each successive brushstroke.

France Jodoin is primarily an oil painter who also sketches, works with watercolours and creates prints in sugar lift and aquatint. While her subjects include seascapes and landscapes, peopled beach scenes, harbours, boats both moored and on the water, as well as flowers, birds, apes, monkeys and gorillas, her deft, gestural handling of paint renders these with a distinct and contemporary sense of presence. Her declared interest is “the very brevity of life itself,” and to that could be added an abiding concern with Otherness. Other places, other times, other people, even other species, all are watched over with care and intimacy in her works. She achieves this timely presence of the Other by treating paint, this fluid medium, as an elemental force driving her narratives in which mere depiction defers to an atmospheric quality that invites the eye to linger and into which the viewer then becomes enmeshed, implicated. When her works delve into history, it is as a perspective with which this presence of the Other can best be awoken, and to create a mise-en-scène in such a way that the contemporary viewer may construct their own particular signs and stories from the layered marks, washes, wipes and drips on the canvas. In her own words, “The fundamental impulse animating my creative process is to esteem time passing.” France Jodoin has been exhibiting in galleries and museums in Canada, the United States and Europe for the past fifteen years. She lives and works in Cowansville, Quebec, Canada

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 

2016 - Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA

2016 - Galerie Saint-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, Canada

2015 - Arts Sutton Gallery, Sutton, QC, Canada

2015 - Pryor Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

2015 - Thompson Landry Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada

2013 - Bruck Museum, Cowansville, QC, Canada

2013 - Christine Klassen Gallery, Calgary, AB, Canada

2012 - Galerie Théo de Seine, Paris, France

2012 - Centre d’art de Kamouraska, QC, Canada

2011 - Galerie Saint-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, ON, Canada

2010 - Beaux-Arts des Amériques, Montreal, QC, Canada

2010 - The Weiss Gallery, Calgary, AB, Canada

2009 - Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, ON, Canada

2009 - The Weiss Gallery, Calgary, AB, Canada

2008 - Beaux-Arts des Amériques, Montreal, QC, Canada

2008 - The Weiss Gallery, Calgary, AB, Canada

2007 - Galerie Saint-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, ON, Canada

2003 - Galerie 1225, Montreal, QC, Canada

2003 - Espace 306 (Belgo), Montreal, QC, Canada

2002 - Sylviane Poirier Art Contemporain, Espace 234, Montreal, QC, Canada

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2015 - Art 250, Waterville, Ireland

2014 - Boston International Fine Art Show, Boston, MA, USA

2014 - Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON, Canada

2014 - ArtHamptons – International Fine Art Fair, NY, USA

2013 - Collective Exhibition MAUVE, Cowansville, QC, Canada

2013 - ArtHamptons – International Fine Art Fair, NY, USA

2012 - Sherbrooke Museum of Fine Arts (with Kevin Sonmor), Sherbrooke, QC, Canada

2012 - Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA

2012 - Galerie Théo de Seine (with Patrick Cady), Paris, France

2012 - Soirée des beaux-arts, Sherbrooke Museum of Fine Arts, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada

2011 - Pryor Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, USA

2010 - Sherbrooke Museum of Fine Arts, Sherbrooke , Canada

2010 - Beaux-Arts des Amériques, Montreal, Canada

2008 - The Weiss Gallery, Calgary, Calgary, Canada

2008 - Beaux-Arts des Amériques, Montreal, Canada

2007 - Beaux-Arts des Amériques, Montreal, Canada

2006 - Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa , Canada

2005 - Art Auction, Maisonneuve-Rosement Hospital Foundation, Montreal, Canada

2004-2005 - Art Auction, Canadian Liver Foundation, Montreal, Canada

2004 - Galerie 1225, Montreal, Canada

2004 - James Baird Gallery, St. John’s, Canada

2003 - Galerie Observatoire 4, Montreal, Canada

2003 - Galerie Artus, Montreal, Canada

2002-2005 - Thomas More Institute Annual Art Exhibition, Galerie Loto-Québec, Montreal, Canada

2002 - Galerie Artus,  Montreal, Canada

2002 - Cirque du Soleil, Montreal, Canada

2000 - Mont Laurier Summer School, Quebec, Canada

2000 - Expo-concours de Laprairie, Quebec, Canada

1999-1997 - Saidye Bronfman School of Fine Arts, Montreal , Canada

1996 - Ottawa School of Arts, Ottawa, Canada

 

Education

 

2013 - Etching techniques course, Bishop’s University, Knowlton Campus, QC, Canada

2012 - Aquatint and etching, Atelier Circulaire, Montreal, QC, Canada

2009-2010 - Intaglio, Atelier Circulaire, Montréal, QC, Canada

2000 - Portrait Course, Mont Laurier Summer School, QC, Canada

1996-1999 - Mixed Media, Saidye Bronfman School of Fine Arts, Montreal, QC, Canada

1996 - Drawing with the Model, Ottawa School of Arts, ON, Canada

1995 - Creative Drawing, Glebe School of Arts, Ottawa, ON, Canada

1993 - Intermediate Drawing, Manotick School of Arts, Ottawa, ON, Canada

 

Artist Residency

 

2015 - The Cill Rialaig Project, Ballinskelligs, co. Kerry, Ireland

2004 - Pouch Cove, Newfoundland, Canada

 

Bibliography

 

Philo & Cie : Magazine de philosophie et de sciences humaines et sociales. La compagnie des animaux. janvier-avril 2015, no 10, cover page and pages pages 18-19

Nick Fonda. Hanging Fred and a Few Others. Painters of the Eastern Townships. Montreal, Baraka Books, 2014, pp. 105-111

Tassé. Objectif: Relancer le Musée Bruck. La Voix de l’Est. Arts et Culture, June 12, 2013, p. E6

Nick Fonda. Cowansville artist draws international attention. The Record. April 18, 2013, p. 5

Gouvernement du Québec pour la France. Trois artistes québécois exposent à la galerie Théo de Seine. Paris, January 2012

Art Actuel: le magazine des arts contemporains. Nathalie Gauglin et France Jodoin. Paris, November 2012

Radio CHOX-FM de la Pocatière, Interview with Maxime Paradis, host of Le Paradis infernal, June 7th, 2012

Laura Martin. Un couple bien assorti. La Tribune, Sherbrooke, February 16, 2012

Clément Martin. De petites histoires sur grands formats. Zone-Art, February 8, 2012

Radio-Canada - Première Chaîne. Interview with Patrick Masbourian, host of Bouillant de culture, February 4, 2012

Le Devoir, Week-end Culture. Jodoin et Sonmor à Sherbrooke, January 27, 2012

Société Radio-Canada (television). Interview with Anik Moulin. Le téléjournal Estrie, January 23, 2012

Sherbrooke Record – Newsroom. Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke – Simple Short Stories. January 23, 2012, page 2

CBC Radio. Interview with Jacquie Czernin, host of Breakaway, January 20, 2012

Patrick Cady. Un Lever de lumière. Vie des Arts. No 214, Spring Issue 2009

Heather Black. Photographer Gabor Szilasi and painter France Jodoin.Westmount Independent. October 14-15, 2008. Vol. 2, No. 10b

Claude Bouchard. Nature et énergie. Le Droit. April 28, 2007.

Michael Olender. Ottawa Rorschach test : gallery four seven nine. University of Ottawa’s Fulcrum. November 16, 2006, Issue 67.13

 

Exhibition Catalogues(texts)

Susan Surette, MA, Part-time faculty, Department of Art History, Concordia University for the exhibition Nomads, Players and Voyeurs   

Anthony Collins. "No Sailors without Waters" for the exhibition Simple Short Stories,  Sherbrooke Museum of Fine Arts, 2012

Chassé, Bernard. "Intuition" for the exhibition Nomades/Wanderers, Montréal, 2010


 

Exhibition Essays

 

Sarah Boucher, Curator, Sherbrooke Museum of Fine Arts, for the exhibition Simple Short Stories, 2012

Lefebvre Glaubinger, Lucienne and Hébert Stoneberger, Jacqueline, for the exhibition Nomades/Wanderers, Montréal, 2010

Awards

 

2000 - First Prize, Expo-concours, Laprairie, Quebec, Canada

 

Public Collections

 

Cirque du Soleil,

Loto-Québec,

Sherbrooke Museum of Fine Arts

Encana

Elk Valley Coal

 

Private Collections

 

Canada

United States

Europe