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About

Hélène Montpetit’s artistic journey is an exploration of various forms of expression spanning more than a half-century. She has written texts and poetry, composed instrumental music and songs, and produced illustrations, paintings and handicrafts.

As a child, she drew constantly, imagined stories and illustrated them. She even won a Bobino token from La boîte à surprises for a drawing she sent in to the show! In her early twenties, she began working in oils and joined a group of artisans to explore batik and silkscreen. She then worked in communications for NGOs, business associations and community groups, gaining practical experience in graphic design.

 

Hélène is a creator of images. She uses several styles of expression ranging from realism to pop art or expressionism according to what a project inspires. Her painting entitled Momma Told Me There’d Be Days Like This won the Judge’s choice award in the Artists in Montreal 2022 Valentine’s Day virtual exhibition.

 

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Artist Statement

Fascinated by how we relate to each other, I enjoy exploring all things human. My subjects’ facial expressions and body language provide a constant source of inspiration.

Thus I collect images that strike a chord in me, that I find intriguing or particularly expressive. These are most often images of people captured in off-guard moments, like those seen in the photographs of Vivian Maier and Garry Winogrand. When I scrutinize them with the quality of attention required to produce a drawing or painting, I pay attention to what they trigger in me. This informs my choice of art medium and colour, my use of fine lines, blocks or washes of colour.

In parallel, I like to render ideas or emotions using the palette, figures or a style inspired by an art movement or a period of art history.

I draw from my subjective experience to catch the essence of a moment and capture something familiar that will engage the viewer.

​Exhibitions

February 2022 Artists in Montreal Virtual Valentine’s Art Show (won Judge’s Choice Award for Momma Told Me There’d Be Days Like This)

August 2022 Artists in Montreal Virtual Summer Exhibition In My Childhood

February 2023 Artists in Montreal Virtual Valentine’s Art Show

 

Affiliations

Artists in Montreal.

Media

Artists in Montreal’s Featured Artist, August 2022.

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