Pierre Lefebvre paints portraits, interior scenes and still lifes. In his portraits, there is a subtle reference to the artist himself; these individuals are very distinguished and reserved. His compositions are structured, often geometric and always engaging. In many of his canvases the eye is drawn down into the painting, inviting the viewer in. Pierre Lefebvre’s portraits and still life’s project an atmosphere of mystery and tranquility. When we examine carefully the details in his work, we realize that the artist employs a very skillful symbolism to project human separation. For instance, a jagged outline of draped material leads to a broken goblet spilling red wine over the pages of an open book. The choice of a lemon placed next to the goblet is not by chance. Nor is the spilt wine staining the pages of the book an aimless gesture. Every detail is meticulously thought out. The artist plans his subject before starting to work on the canvas, developing a general outline of what the finished painting will be. Once his ideas have come together, the paint brush flies across the canvas transcribing what Lefebvre has mentally created.

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RUEL, Nicolas

Nicolas Ruel has been working, for the last several years, on an ambitious body of work, 8 seconds, where he attempts to revisit the image of the world’s greatest cities. From Elements (2007) to Microscripts (2011), he has refined an in camera double exposure technique, where a sudden swivelling motion triggers the transfiguration of the visible. He travels in quest of familiar images in order to expose their hidden architecture: his sculptural compositions, crystallised in monumental stainless steel prints, seem to give access to the hidden dimensions of space and time.

Ever since its beginnings, Nicolas Ruel’s work has reiterated a double interest for the world’s diversity and its various mise en scène. Born in Montreal, he pursued college studies in photography and international relations before being trained in scriptwriting at Université du Québec à Montréal. His first published works were photographic essays in black and white on the Moscow Metro (2000) and Angkor Wat (2002). In parallel, he developed various series where he explored, with great structural acumen, the figures of architecture, light or industry. His work garnered the attention of important figures of the living arts: the choreographers Marie Chouinard or Édouard Lock, theatre director Robert Lepage or Cirque du Soleil, who all called upon his collaboration to capture their theatrical gestures.

Nicolas Ruel’s works have been featured in solo and group exhibitions and contemporary art fairs in Canada, Europe, and the United States. His photographs are part of numerous public and private collections. He has won eight LUX grand prizes over the course of his career and three monographs of his work has been published: Inox (2007), Elements (2007) and Carnival (2010).


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PAYETTE, Jacques

A self-taught artist, Jacques Payette was born in Montreal in 1951 and began exhibiting his works in the early 1970’s. Since 1990 he has worked primarily in the technically challenging and unique medium of encaustic (wax), a medium in which he is now recognized as a master. With strong figurative, still life, and landscape works, Jacques Payette always manages to express the duality of man’s nature, reconciling and contrasting the physical with the metaphysical.

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