Guy-Anne Massicotte

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Guy-Anne Massicotte


Guy-Anne Massicotte was born in Nicolet (Qc, Canada) in 1968.  Initially attracted to a career in science, she quickly became enamoured of drawing and that pointed her towards what would became her life's work: painting. After two boring years in  regular contemporary art program at university level, more substance needed to be added. In order to perfect her education in the painting artistic field, she read numerous books about famous painters and their work,  technique reference books (Marc Havel, Pierre Garcia, Xavier de Langlais),  and studied the old masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer, as well as contemporary painters. Learning so much about these renowned artists, encouraged Massicotte to create a unique, very personal painting technique.

As a contemporary realist painter Guy-Anne Massicotte’s approach to art is both traditional and contemporary with an emphasis on technique and fine craftsmanship.   She works with oils memorializing old master’s techniques.  Eclectic subjects and several sources of inspiration include antiques, animals, people, and nature.     Her path to realism always flirts with abstraction; turning disparate elements into a coherent design, finding colour and value themes that unify, and leading brushstrokes have beauty and refinement that enhance impressions of reality.  Each artwork is a process of seeing beyond reality to show her own vision and bring sensual connection with the subject and find poetry.  Established in galleries for twenty years, we can see her works in major international events and  private collections around the world.

 Artist statement

"I am part of these artists who search for the inspiring image---if by nothing else then by illustrating how visually beautiful life can be.  That’s why I simply paint the scenes and objects that I find both beautiful and compelling.  When conceptualizing every composition, I select subjects that give me a thrill and appeal to me aesthetically.  It could be because of an object’s texture, color, shape, or the light reflects, transparencies and contrasts or the character of a human face that beckon me to paint it.  Sometimes, there is a story or meaning, sometimes the image is speaking its own language."

* This statement has been provided directly by the artist in association to their 16th International ARC Salon entries. This content has not been edited for typos or grammatical errors and has not been vetted for accuracy.