Canadian Grand Master, self-taught artist, Jacques Payette was born in Montreal in 1951. His work includes mainly paintings in encaustic (hot wax where the pigments of color are suspended, imprisoned and sealed as the wax cools and freezes), a difficult and very old technique he has mastered with remarkable skill.
"Jacques Payette was greatly inspired by his family life and love for his partner. The feelings, although discrete, are nevertheless present and are expressed by scenarios suggesting a metaphysical intensity, especially in his series of the 1980s. For art lovers who have followed his work for about thirty years, they have felt, like me, this impression of intimacy, closeness with his universe, and felt a breath of calm and warm mixed feelings. "(Robert Bernier).
"I have a fascination for the absence, the loss and the passage of time. But it is only the present which passes, because the past, him, remains ". "It takes a lot of stubbornness, and no doubt the strength of character to persist in a kind that is not fashionable. But it is even more dangerous to follow the fashions, because they go out of fashion. Above all, we must be honest with ourselves. "" I chose to paint (or is it painting which chose me) to try to understand, feel and appreciate beings and the world where I stroll. I like watching light through during the day, this light which will die in the night, and I'm not sure to have dreamed "(Jacques Payette).
Jacques Payette has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Quebec, Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Mexico et Paris. These works of art are found among several major museum collections, private and public such as the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Musée d’art de Joliette, the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montrealand the Art Bank of the Canada Council for the Arts, etc.
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