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The Inspiration of Art

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The Inspiration of Art

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Inspired by nature, Firmin Gallant finds his inspiration in wild nature of the Gaspé to create his sculptures, while André Viens paints bucolic landscapes reminding us of the world of fairy tales.

The Inspiration of Art

artisteFirmin Gallant | The artist

Firmin Gallant left New Brunswick to settle down in Mont-Louis in the late 60's. A seasonal worker, he's employed by the Ministry of Transport. His job is to monitor fallen rocks on Route 132, in the sectors of Mont-Louis and Mont-Saint-Pierre.

Mr. Gallant discovered that he has a natural talent for sculpture during the 90's. At the time, he already painted. Today, he creates art out of wood, specializing in animals, and creates what he calls "sculpted paintings", as well as rifle butts. He works enormously with the driftwood.

He hesitates to call himself an artist, but is pleased that others like his work.

The Inspiration of Art

artisteFirmin Gallant | His art

In the footsteps of Louis Jobin and Médard Bourgault, figureheads of wood sculpting in Quebec, Firmin Gallant carves wood. He creates animals in the round as well as bas-reliefs whose picturesque subjects remind us of certain works by the Quebecois illustrator Henri Julien.

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The Inspiration of Art

artisteAndré Viens | The artist

André Viens left his native Abitibi to live in a region at the antipodes of his own: the riverbanks. He loves the force of the elements which provide him with all the necessary inspiration for the creation of his canvases.

He paints mainly seascapes from the shore or fields speckled with grazing sheep. His colorful works display a certain innocence, recalling the world of comic strips or children's stories. Mr. Viens, moreover, wishes to illustrate a book for youngsters in the coming years.

The Inspiration of Art

artisteAndré Viens | His art

André Viens likes to paint the environment, a little like Tom Thomson with his landscapes of Ontario. The presence of the river in some of Viens' paintings evokes those seascape painters who made the ocean the subject of their works. Finally, the often vertical format of his creations is reminiscent of the prints by the Japanese artist Hiroshige.

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