François Vincent: the Painter and His Alter Ego, an out-of-the-ordinary experience at Espace Création Loto-Québec from September 26 to December 16, 2007

    MONTREAL, Sept. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Espace Création Loto-Québec is pleased
to invite the public to a new fine arts experience, an off-the-beaten-path,
enriching dialog between artists and between generations. In collaboration
with the National Theatre School of Canada, Espace Création presents François
Vincent: the Painter and His Alter Ego, an exhibition open from September 26
to December 16, 2007.
    The exhibition embraces some twenty-odd recent works by François Vincent,
vinyl gouaches on canvas and panel, essentially from the Collection
Loto-Québec and including a large-format work created especially for this
occasion. Just as a theatre production in which the abilities of an entire
team of creators are brought together, the Painter and His Atler Ego combines
the talents of the artist with those of Espace Création's artistic director
Louis-Charles Lasnier and set and architectural designer Gabriel Tsampalieros,
who has "stage-designed" the work of François Vincent, blurring the frontiers
between the theatrical world and the world of the visual arts.
    A painter and professor of design at the National Theater School of
Canada for more than 25 years, François Vincent has become one of Canadian
contemporary art's quintessential figures. A 1990 laureate in the annual
Collection Loto-Québec art print contest, he has participated in more than 50
exhibitions in Canada, France and Japan since 1973. In order to subtly render
his long-standing interaction with the theatre world and to communicate the
spirit of his art and his teaching, Gabriel Tsampalieros, who studied under
François Vincent between 1995 and 1998, has literally "staged" the exhibition
course, freeing the paintings from the constraints of customary picture rails,
favoring new display planes and innovative lighting.


    The meditative atmosphere that is so conducive to the discovery of the
intimate works of François Vincent is also embodied in a poetic, 10-minute
video (produced by Tsampalieros) that displays page after page of one of the
painter's moleskin sketchbooks, indispensable as an accessory to the practice
of his art. Just as a musician practices scales every day, the artist employs
the book as a daily repository of sketches, thoughts, observations and
impressions. Together, they make for an astonishing raw material that is
transformed through the birth of his paintings. Mysterious and bewitching, the
"interior landscapes" of François Vincent - mineral forms on strange and
subtly toned shapes, where two planes inhabit the painting's surface together
- translate, in the manner of Japanese Haiku, a duality that plunges us into a
secret and melancholy universe.


    Loto-Québec's commitment to fine art began in 1979, but the collection
really took shape starting in 1985 with the inauguration of a well-structured
acquisitions program. Some thirty pictorial works, gouaches and engravings by
François Vincent are represented in the Collection Loto-Québec. This
collection continues to grow and diversify each year and currently forms a
body of nearly 3,800 works by more than 975 Québec artists. As one of the
largest corporate collections in Canada, Collection Loto-Québec is a living
portrait of the evolution of Québec contemporary art.

    Inaugurated in 2005 by Loto-Québec, Espace Création is a unique venue for
exhibitions, viewing and multidisciplinary activities open to the general
public. This space provides a special showcase for budding creators as well as
established Québec artists. Exhibitions of the work of Gilles Carle, Pierre
Gauvreau and Frédéric Back, among others, have been presented here.

    François Vincent: the Painter and His Alter Ego
    A joint presentation of Loto-Québec and the National Theatre School
    Espace Création Loto-Québec
    Ground Floor, Loto-Québec head office
    500 Sherbrooke Street West
    Montréal - McGill Metro
    Phone: 514 499-5087

    Wednesday to Friday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.


For further information:

For further information: Jean-Pierre Roy, (514) 499-5151; Communications
Papineau-Couture, (514) 842-3851,

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