Martin Brouillette


My work is rooted in my personal reality and the necessity I have to communicate about contemporary human conditions. The subject of my paintings, the concepts and  ideas I am engaged with, are continually evolving and changing. I am primarily interested in the vulnerable and damaged side of modern society. 

I use photographs as a reference point in terms of the physical aspect of what I am trying to express. Then, by allowing sensitivity and memory to the fore, I integrate a conceptual  perspective  to these images. My work is influenced and informed by music, computer art, illustration as well as the full range of contemporary painting and painters.
 
I believe chaos and beauty can coexist. It is a constant concern that I have. There is a thin line between what is considered seductive and what is defined repulsive. I enjoy  pushing those limits as much as I can.  For me, painting represents a voice with endless possibilities. It empowers me to express simple thoughts more fully than any other medium.
 
Born
Born in Montreal, September 28th, 1971
Lives and works in Montreal
Education
Certificate in Visual Arts, University of Quebec, Montreal (UQAM) 2003
Solo Exhibitions
2007     Poussières, Dominique Bouffard Gallery, Montréal
2006     Healing, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver
2005     En quête de solicitude, Gala, Fine arts Gallery, Montréal
2004     La vie, la ville, Gala, Fine arts Gallery, Montréal
2003     Urbanité, Gala, Fine arts Gallery, Montréal

Group Exhibitions
2007 Écomusée du Fier monde, Montréal
2007 Papier, Dominique Bouffard Gallery, Montréal
2006 Tableaux divers, Dominique Bouffard Gallery, Montréal
2006 A sense of place, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver
2005     Autumnity, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver
2005 Surfacing, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver
2005 Festival Montréal en art, Montréal
2005 Fragments, Centre d’Art Amherst, Montréal
2005 Au fil du temps, au gré de l’art, Musée du Château Ramezay, Montréal
2004 Collectivité, Gala, Fine arts Gallery, Montréal
2004 Gallery artists, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver
2003 Le jardin au bout du pinceau, Musée du Château Ramezay, Montréal
2003 RBC New canadian painting, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax
2003 RBC New canadian painting, Distillery Visitor Center, Toronto

Collections
Desjardins financial group, Montréal
RBC DEXIA, Toronto

Bibliography
BELEY, Degan. «Weekly Shot of Art – Martin Brouillette», Beyond Robson.ca,  September 19th 2006
JOHNSON, Mia. «Martin Brouillette: Healing», Previews, The Gallery Guide,  September 12th 2006
RADFORD, Sheri. «The Healing power of Painting», Where.ca, Galleries & Museums, September 12th 2006
VILLENEUVE, Paul. «La vie, la ville d’après Martin Brouillette», Journal de Montréal,  November 27th 2004
TROTTIER, Marie-Christine. «Desautels», Radio-Canada,  November 8th 2004
MARMEN, Michel. «Aux Arts etc», Radio-Canada, 2003
BARNARD, Elissa.«At the galleries», Halifax Herald, 2 novembre 2003.
PROUTFOOT, Shannon, «Fifteen glimpses at painting’s futur», National Post, 20 novembre 2003



Awards
2003 (Best in show) Musée du Château Ramezay
2003 (Finalist) «RBC New Canadian painting competition»