Cousineau, Christine

Artist Statement

While capturing a likeness is an essential and sometimes challenging aspect of portraiture, I find myself equally concerned with portraying personality, mood and spirit. For me, a successful portrait conveys the emotional and psychological state of the subject, and engages the viewer on this level.

In the painting Ad Lucem (Into the Light), the difference in posture and expression of the two subjects is a crucial aspect of the image and adds emotional depth and tension to the painting. The strong contrast of light and shadow is used to emphasize the mood and to evoke the gesture of emergence suggested by the title.

Biography

Although I graduated with a BFA from the University of Victoria, I am a self taught painter interested in using classical painting techniques in a contemporary context. The painting, Ad Lucem, is the most recent in the ongoing series Outlaws, which is an exploration of the politics of representation as informed by social norms and expectations.

CV

Education:
BFA Visual Arts, University of Victoria B. C.
Select Group Exhibitions:
Graduating Show VAV Gallery, Victoria, B. C.
B.C.Arts Awards Exhibition, Robson Square, Vancouver, B.C.
Open Space Invitational, Open Space Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
L’Art a la Rue, Gallery 4297 St. Laurent, Montreal, Quebec
Ellen Creek Gallery, Charlottetown, PEI
Dune Gallery, Brackley, PEI
Bresole Gallery Montreal, Fall Invitational
Kingston Prize Awards Exhibition, Gananoque
Wilder and Davis retrospective group Show. Montreal, Quebec
TAG Annual Juried Show
Kingston Prize
Figure Works, Ottawa

Solo Exhibitions
Comparisons, Gallery 4297 St. Laurent, Montreal, Quebec
Of Houses and Homes, Rebel Art, Westmount, Quebec
Recent Paintings, Wilder & Davis Gallery, Montreal, Quebec
Of Our Own Making, Galerie de Ville, Dollard des Ormeaux

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