Please join us for the opening of Faces in the presence of the artist, Michel Saint Hilaire!
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT: FACES
In our highly urbanized and technological era, everything seems instantaneous and for the most part fleeting. We all have a story and many of us want to be heard. Faces is a series of portraits and figurative paintings that weaves links with people who gravitate around the Franco-Manitoban artistic community.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: MICHEL SAINT HILAIRE
Michel Saint Hilaire is a self-taught artist from Winnipeg, who began working mostly with pencil. After 2 years of formal education in the Fine Arts Diploma Program at the University of Manitoba he started creating work using both paint and dry mediums on one surface.
Michel has had solo and group exhibitions in diverse cities in several commercial galleries in western Canada. The most recent exhibition is currently being shown at Elevation Gallery in Canmore, Alberta. He also had a solo exhibition at the contemporary artist run center La Maison Des Artistes entitled Horizon in 2009 and an exhibition entitled Transitions in 2006 at “La Galerie” in the Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre in Winnipeg.
For several years he has created diverse large-scale murals throughout the city of Winnipeg. His paintings are part of various collections: private and corporate, including the Province of Manitoba, Investors Group and Manitoba Hydro.
Recently, Saint Hilaire took part in a residency in Moncton, New Brunswick where he experimented on his theme for his upcoming exhibition in January of 2017 at the Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre, in Saint-Boniface, Winnipeg. The exhibition entitled Faces will showcase an array of portraiture work along with some figurative paintings. All of the works are mixed media and are based on some well-known artists from Winnipeg such as Freya Olafson, Melanie Rocan and Dominique Rey. Some international faces are also captured such as the newly discovered photographer, Vivian Maier from Chicago.