After obtaning a bachelor’s degree in education of fine arts (B.F.A.E.) from l’Université de Moncton (U. d M.), Gisèle teaches fine-arts at the high school level and also works as an assistant art-consultant at the elementary level. Later she teaches methodology of art education at L’U. de M.
Elected member of the Canandian society of artists, she has been a professional artist for the past twenty years. She’s had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada (Moncton, Fredericton, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver), in Europe (France and Portugal) and in North Africa (Tunisie). Working with a rich array of techniques and mediums keeps her constantly motivated . She welcomes artistcs challenges.
I often play in the great register of feelings and moods and I use a variety of techniques to express myself and create. I become obsessed, I constantly visualize the art work. It haunts me to the point where I can no longer resist the need of seeing it materialize. With its birth comes its growth. The image I had in my mind starts to modify and adapt itself to the needs of the art work. A dialogue takes place between technique, color, composition and harmony. I fall under the spell of light, contrasts, forms and textures. The art work takes a life of its own and sweeps me in its universe, whether it be a symbolic, realistic or abstract one.
I identify myself to those contemporary artists that sacrifice quantity for quality. I always pay close attention to details and I’m easily inspired by masters such as Rembrant, Caravagio and Vermeer. Contemporary artists like Andrew Wyeth, André Pitre, Anthony Rider, David Leffel and the list goes on, are also a source of inspiration and influence.
It sometime happens that some of my work is perceived as imagery because of its realistic nature but making a pretty image is never my objective. My goal is rather to understand the relation between my sense of visual harmony and my emotional response. I also like to create a reaction from the observer. I don’t feel the need to provoke, nor to underline this world’s misery; I prefer to emphasize beauty, even the one hidden underneath an old wrinkled skin.
Exhibits and awards
2014 Louise & Reuben Cohen, U.de Moncton, (exhibition 50/50/50)
2013 Moncton City Hall Art Gallery, Moncton, N.B.
2012 Halifax Club, Halifax, N.S. (SCA elected members)
2009 St-John Arts Center, St-John, N.B.
2009 Moncton Art Gallery, Moncton, N.B.
2009 Nanamo Art Gallery, Nanamo B.C.
2007 Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario (elected
2007 Moncton Gallery, City Hall, Moncton
2006 Art Gallery of Northumberland, Victoria Hall, Ont. (elected members, S.C.A.)
2005 Galeria da Escola Jaime Cortesäo, Coimbra, Portugal
2005 Palais Kheireddine, Tunisie
2003 Musée du Château Dufresne, Montréal, Québec with le Cercle des Artistes Peintres et Sculpteurs du Québec
2003 Galerie Hôtel de Ville de Moncton
2002 3e Salon d’Automne International des Beaux Arts de Montréal, Québec
2002 Galerie Hôtel de Ville de Moncton
2001 2e Salon d’Automne International des Beaux Arts de Montréal, Québec
2000 Gaum, Galerie Clément Cormier, Université de Moncton, Présence 2
2009 Maison Historique Pascal Poirier, Shediac, N.B.
2005 Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen Gallery, Moncton, N.B.
2004 Georges Goguen Gallery, SRC, Moncton, N.B.
2001 Georges Goguen Gallery, SRC, Moncton, N.B.
2000 Moncton Public Library, N.B.
1999 Heritage Galerie, Moncton, N.B.
1993 McLaughlin Galerie, Moncton, N.B.
1992 Mini Galerie de Radio Canada, Moncton, N.B.
1991 GAUM, Galerie Clément Cormier, Université de Moncton
2010 Aberdeen Center for the Arts, Gallery 12, Moncton, N.B.
2009 Acadian World Congress, N.B.
2006 Place des Arts,Montreal, Qc. / with Tourism N.B.
2006 Rousseau Gallery, Montreal, Qc.
2005 Les Hookeuses du Bor’de’lo / Moncton City Hall Gallery
2004 Les Hookeuses du Bor’de’lo / Masques: Capitol Theater Gallery, Moncton
2004 CMA, Gorde, France
2004 Project CMA 2004: chemin du monde acadien.com (Nova Scotia)
2002 New Brunswick Craft Council Gallery, Fredericton, N.B. Hooked on Dolls Exhibition
2001 ABEC Center, Saint John, N.B.
2000 GAUM, Galerie Clément Cormier, Université de Moncton
2000 Dieppe City Hall, Dieppe, N.B.
Modern Hooked Rugs, by Linda Rae Coughlin
American magazine R-U-G Hooking (September 2003)
American magazine Doll Collector (July 2003 and September 2002)
American magazine Soft Dolls and Animals (July 2002)
2014 Medal of Excellence, Louis J. Robichaud Fondation
2005 3rd Grand Prize, Figurative Reality category, Tunis Museum, Tunisia
2004 Merit Award, Province of New Brunswick
2004 Bronze Medal, Société Arts-Sciences-Lettres Sponsored by l’Académie Française of Paris, France
2003 Gold Medal, Figurative realism, Cercle des Artistes Peintres et Sculpteurs du Québec
2001 Gold Medal for distinction in watercolor 2e Salon d’Automne International des Beaux Arts de Montréal
1997 Oil painting chosen for the calendar of the Professional Acadian Artist Association of New Brunswick
1995 Winner of photography contest on environment New Brunswick
1995 Winner of the 60th photography contest Kodak International Newspaper Snapshot Award
1991 Photos published in New Brunswick Maternelle education program
1990 Winner of the 55th Kodak International Newspaper Snapshot Award
1989 Winner of the 54th Kodak International Newspaper Snapshot Award