Danièle DeBlois

Artist Painter -
Figurative art

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Québec, Canada 

Biography

Born on March 4th 1964 in Schefferville, Danièle DeBlois completed a DEC in graphic design in Montreal in 1984. She worked for two years in Ottawa and then left for a year of art studies at the University of Strasbourg, France.

Danièle DeBlois is a multidisciplinary artist who has been drawing characters for more than twenty years for two Emmy award winning animated TV series (traditional 2D animation). She has contributed to the creation of O.N.F. films, including Nuit d'Orage, winner of the Berlin Crystal Bear Award.

She has been a painter (figurative style) since 1998 (member of RAAV: professional artist). She has presented several solo exhibitions including : Cartes Postales, at Atelier Silex in Trois-Rivières, Au-delà du Réel, and Paysages Urbains in Montreal.

Danièle DeBlois regularly participates in numerous group exhibitions in Montreal and in regional art centers. For the past ten years, she has shared her passion for the arts by leading workshops in Montreal schools for students aged 5 to 12.

Her tools of expression are painting (oil and acrylic) and drawing. She was first influenced by painters such as Rembrandt, Dürer and Vermeer by exploring the mixed technique of oil on canvas or wood panel in order to exploit the visual possibilities of glazing: transparency. His current practice consists of combining acrylic painting with collage of copies of archival photographs (mainly from the 19th century).

Artistic approach

Danièle DeBlois was first influenced by the mixed oil technique (on canvas and wood panels) practiced by the old masters of the Renaissance and the Baroque, in particular the use of glaze. His goal is to exploit its visual possibilities: transparency

For the past ten years, the foundation of Danièle DeBlois' artistic research has found its inspiration and references in the history of photography from the 19th century to today. She analyzes and scrutinizes the images immortalized by photographers such as William Notman, Irving Penn and Robert Doisneau. Their perceptions of a moment or a person long gone.

Her current practice consists of combining acrylic paint with collage of copies of archival photographs (mainly from the 19th century) representing people, buildings known or less known, as well as newspaper clippings and contemporary snapshots. She constructs her works by fusing old photos with paint to form successive layers, to create strata of history. The whole creating a mosaic of the past and the present.

Daniele seeks to reveal the past that we carry within us. She tries to isolate the link of this human chain which connects us all from generation to generation. We are all ghosts of the future.