Jean-Francois Provost


"Artists are creators who express what is deeply rooted within them. To explain the intention behind the expressiveness of a line, or the use of a painting knife, a colour, or any other technical detail takes the essence of the work away from itself.  This is precisely why I do not wish to comment about my work. My artworks speak in and of themselves. "


 


Provost's painting is spontaneous, intuitive, inspired and sensitive. It is the gesture of painting itself that constitutes the basis of his practice. His colourful compositions are rhythmically layered yet remain marked with sobriety and restraint.  From the childlike scribble to the ethereal sweep, they breathe a tranquil strength.

Born
Born in Ottawa in 1976.
Lives and works in Gatineau. Qc.
Education
2001 BACC.  in Visual Arts, Université du Québec en Outaouais Qc. (UQO)  
1998 Human Sciences studies, Collège de l' Outaouais, Qc.

Solo Exhibitions
To Feb 17, 2008    Jean-Francois Provost: Petites etudes de peinture, Espace Odyssee, Maison de la Culture de
                                    Gatineau, Q.
2007 Paths of Discords or...Triumph Over the Void, Galerie Montcalm, Gatineau.Duo with Marc Nerbonne.
2006 Drawings, Alliance française of Ottawa, September.
2005 Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, On.
2004 Paysages de guerre ou… dégénérés, c’est selon. (War landscapes or … degenerated, it is according to), Espace
                  Odyssée, Maison de la Culture, Gatineau, Qc.
2003 Galerie la Seigneurie, Centre culturel Vanier, Châteauguay, Qc.
Group Exhibitions
2007   Florence Biennale, Italy (Biennale Internazionale dell' Arte Contemporanea di Firenze)  

2007   Greased Wheels, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC
2007   Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, Aug. 24th to Sept.12th
2007   Toronto International Art Fair, October 25-29
2007   Biennale of Florence, It. (Biennale Internazionale dell' Arte Contemporanea di Firenze) December. 1-9
2006   Toronto International Art Fair,  November 9-13.
2006   Intimité, L’ Imagier exhibiting center, Gatineau, Qc.
2006   Biennale du dessin, 1st edition, Musée des beaux-art de Mont-Saint-Hilaire. Qc..
2006   Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, On. With Alain Bonder, Isabelle Gauvreau and Marc Nerbonne.
2006   De la matière première au pigment et du pigment à l'artiste. UQO, Qc.
2004   La détresse de l’espèce: réalité ou contre réalité? Joint exhibit, Musée des beaux-art de Mont-Saint-Hilaire,Qc.
          (Mont-Saint-Hilaire art Museum,Qc.)
2003   Hommage à Riopelle, Maison de la Culture, Gatineau, Qc.
2002   L’art pour tous, tous pour l’art, Musée des beaux-art de Mont-Saint-Hilaire. Qc. (Mont-Saint-Hilaire art Museum,Qc.)
2001   Trois. Maison de la Culture, Rivière-du-Loup, Qc.
2001   Chemin de Faire, Jacques-Augers Centre, Gatineau, Qc.
2000   L’art pour tous, tous pour l’art, Musée des beaux-art de Mont-Saint-Hilaire. Qc. (Mont-Saint-Hilaire art Museum,Qc.)


Collections
Loto-Québec
Code Hunter LLP
MHPM Project Managers Inc.
Mont-Saint-Hilaire art Museum, Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Qc
Department of Foreign Affairs
Private and public collections in Canada, the United States, Belgium, England.

Commissions & Public Acquisitions
2005 Université du Québec en Outaouais, Gatineau, for the Rector, Francis R.Whyte.
2003 Maison de la Culture, Gatineau, for Céline Dion and René Angelil’s private lodge.

Awards
2005 Awarded for New Wave Award, Les Culturiades Gala, Gatineau, Qc.
2002 Finalist for the New Wave Excellence award at the fourth Jeux de la Francophonie, Les Culturiades Gala, Gatineau, Qc.
2002 Awarded third prize at the L'art pour tous, tous pour l’art  competition exhibit, Musée des beaux-art de Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Qc. (Mont-Saint-Hilaire art Museum,Qc.)
2001 Honorable Mention of the Jury, visual arts graduates exhibit, UQO. Gatineau, Qc.
2000 Awarded first prize at the L'art pour tous, tous pour l’art  competition exhibit,  Musée des beaux-art de Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Qc. (Mont-Saint-Hilaire art Museum,Qc)

Multi Media
Radio-canada ( CBC) Television,  Art circuit, Saturday May 19th  2007
GRENIER, Danielle, Radio-Canada ( CBC) Radio, Divines tentations, Saturday,  April 21st  2007
BOUCHARD, Claude, La danse du soleil côtoie la grande noirceur, Le Droit, 21-22 of April 2007
Rogers Television, Regarts, cable 23, Ottawa,  2006
DEZAINDE, Line, L' art pour l' art, Voir Outaouais, August 31st 2006
BOUCHARD, Claude, du dessin contemporain à la terre sacrée, Le Droit, Thursday september 7th 2006
GRENIER, Danielle,Radio-Canada ( CBC) Radio, Divines tentations , sat. Jan. 21st 2006.
Radio-canada ( CBC) television, Art circuit, Saturday, January 7th  2006,
Savoir Outaouais, Vol. 5. No.1 winter 2005.
BOUCHARD, Claude, L' abstraction lyrique de Jean-François Provost, Le Droit, March 19th and 20th  2005.
Canal Vox Outaouais, Chronic-Arts, Gatineau, Rogers Télévision 22, 30.Feb. 18th
Rogers, Television, Regarts, cable 23, Ottawa, 2004.
BOUCHARD, Claude, Le Droit,  week-end, Feb.28th 2004.
L’Oeil régional, sat. Feb. 21st 2004.
L’Oeil régional, Feb. 7Th 2004.
L’Impact, Feb. 3rd 2004.
GUÉRICOLAS, Pascale,  Gazette des Femmes, January. 2004.
À flanc de culture, Dec. 2003 vol. 1 no.2.
Planète Québec, June 25th  2003.
Réseau, Winter 2001.
Voir, Outaouais 16th to 22nd of August 2001, vol. 01, no. 29.
Le Droit, August 10th 2001.
Le Droit, Sept. 27th, 2000.Week-end Outaouais, Nov. 8th. 2000.
Week-end Outaouais, Sept. 30th 2000.

Residencies and Symposiums
2001 Maison Charron, Gatineau, Qc.
2001 Fall Rhapsody, Gatineau. Qc.