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Louise Parenteau
( Canada )

Installation; Mixed Media; Painting; Sculpture


Profile of Louise Parenteau

Louise Parenteau

I studied fine arts at the University Of Québec In Montréal (1986-1991). I was involved in various artistic activities in which I took a strong stand against injustice, poverty, and social exclusion. My work took shape using different methods of research and observation. I articulated my artistic approach inspired by existential human sufferings. I created portraits of individuals with unusual physical traits, expressions, deformities, attitudes... These characters inspired me to use colour in contrasts and splashes. My aim was to express the life animating the characters by an internal light.
For my installations, I used a physical space to transpose socio-political situations and dramatic events. With the barest resources, my intention was to stimulate the interest of the viewer.
My material supplies: Acrylic, rubbish, wood, metal, rust, polystyrene panels, personal objects, used clothing, etc.

In 1995, I realized that I had reached limits with my artistic approach. I decided to have a period of questioning with the aim of going further in my research in terms of intention and expression. This process enabled me to explore, to experiment with different materials and to reposition myself using sculpture as my main form of expression.
Ever concerned politically and socially, I use only recycled material. With pieces of scrap, bits of metal, chunks of wood found here and there on the streets and back-alleys of the city, used cloth, worn leather, old tools and nails, etc.... I create characters whose mixed structure gives free rein to the interpretation and the composition.
These materials question me; original and exclusive, they invoke the misery, suffering, distress and the joy they have known. I respect them in their integrity and I give them a new role to play. They become the support of my worries about the problems of our society.

With minimal treatment and expense, I improvise, assemble, and construct using materials which defy me, question me, inspire me and stimulate my creation.
My art is distinctive; an art which is raw and actual, without reference and without a particular technique.

Louise Parenteau, artist in visual arts


Comments received

  • totem, art du present par votre démarche artistique perso, le bois coupé matière vivante, un moment de regard, de pure émotion magique...
    jlmartineau - 8/6/2009 6:27:14 PM

  • Femme a la brassiere is an amazing work ....love it a lot ...bravo Louise !!!! 5 stars !!!
    brigittehintner - 6/4/2009 10:27:56 PM

  • i could feel the agony of the man hanging on that cross.
    gcabig - 5/31/2009 4:32:41 PM

  • beautiful cross louise it is well meticulously handcrafted. I also like the shadow effect, i could feel the man hanging on the cross.
    gcabig - 5/31/2009 4:29:47 PM

  • superbe travail, bravo !
    audibert - 5/31/2009 11:22:34 AM

  • votre oeuvre est fabuleuse d'expressionnisme.Un grand peintre sommeille en vous.
    guillaume - 3/2/2009 12:53:05 PM

  • Even though my own work is probably the total opposite of what you do, I can appreciate your work and what you have accomplished in your pieces. Thanks for sharing.
    davereiter - 2/11/2009 4:59:36 AM

  • derrière le barbelé quel souffrance!
    duvivier - 12/6/2008 11:35:09 PM

  • J'aime "L'exil","Femme à la brassière"et "A26089"
    Ces œuvres sont très Puissantes...En résonance totale avec vos positions...Ces œuvres dénoncent sans détour et avec beaucoup de poésie...J'apprécie vraiment beaucoup.
    FALANGA - 11/21/2008 10:21:48 AM

Comments sent

  • Bonjour Benjamin,
    Ton travail est intéressant, ru as du talent !

    Louise Parenteau, artiste en arts visuels

    loupar - 12/14/2009 12:14:01 AM

  • Bravo Nelly ! Vos photos sont toujours si magnifiques...Elles me parlent et me transportent dans d'autres continents.
    Louise Parenteau

    loupar - 3/25/2009 6:16:53 AM

  • Bonjour Simona Bazgan,

    J'aime beaucoup votre travail et souhaite avoir plus d'information pour vous connaitre davantage.

    Louise Parenteau
    loupar - 12/15/2008 10:10:50 AM


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