Pousette Gallery, May 24-June 7
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Donkeys and dogs. Felines and fish. These are but a few of the creatures that inhabit the various visual worlds portrayed by painter Nicole St-Pierre. The whimsical, playful works of St-Pierre are on view at Pousette Gallery in a show that opens on May 24 with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. The presentation, titled Nicole St-Pierre: Animals and Imagination, features about a dozen new works by the Canadian painter. The self-taught artist has been painting for more than 25 years and has exhibited works throughout Canada and the United States. Her works are also part of private collections throughout the world. “My life is painting, and I put everything into it—my preoccupations, my tastes—everything gets poured into my work,” St-Pierre is fond of saying.
Known for an expressive style that is reminiscent of works by Picasso or Matisse, St-Pierre creates scenes with the humorous sensibilities, geometric shapes, and flattened perspectives that are so often a significant part of works by those legendary artists. For St-Pierre, such elements are key to telling stories inspired by daily life—tales not only about animals but also about the people, objects, and plants that surround her.
In the show, viewers can expect to see everything from the artist’s signature figurative works to still lifes, such as one depicting a knife, lemons, and a trio of fish that appear headed to the dinner table. St-Pierre often chooses animals to star in her visual dramas because the animal kingdom grants her license to talk about things that normally she could not. Indeed, she says that creatures great and small convey ideas because of their inherent symbolism and pre- sence in all cultures. Like many artists, St-Pierre wants viewers to bring their own imaginations and interpretations to her narratives.
Gallery owner Maryann Pousette Gebauer looks forward to sharing St-Pierre’s engaging universes with collectors and art lovers. “With her signature palette of bold and earthy tones, St-Pierre is the master of transforming the narrative into the pictorial with her figura- tive and still-life masterpieces,” Gebauer says. —Bonnie Gangelhoff
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