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Payette, Dominique

Payette, Dominique

Medium: Mixed media

Dominique Payette began her career as a classical dancer, and she has also founded the youth publishing house Dominique et Compagnie which has won numerous awards, including the Governor General's Award, four times. Her career as a visual artist began with a degree in art history. She followed her studies with various classes to develop her technical skills. Drawing classes taught at Saidye Bronfman and creative workshops with Seymour Segal contributed significantly in shaping her creative process. Her works have been featured in several group exhibitions, including Les Femmeuses at Pratt & Whitney in 2005. At this exhibition, Loto-Quebec acquired one of her paintings. In 2006, Dominique Payette presented her first solo exhibition in Montreal entitled Part de jeux, Part de vie, at Galerie Le 1040. Then in New York, her series of paintings titled Présence were exhibited in Agora Gallery in October 2009. In June 2010 she was invited by the Nelligan Hotel to create a new series of 15 paintings for the Nelligan vu par… exhibition, which was attended and recognized by many collectors and connoisseurs.

"The paintings by Dominique Payette are part of a contemporary artistic practice infused by a constant inner quest. Her creation leads to deepen the dialogue between the soul, the gesture and the canvas. This inwards reflection allows her to explore the universality of feelings. The emotion is translated to canvas with her fingers, in this fashion her whole body participates in creating an expressive work. The diversity of mediums that are utilized is a pretext for multiplying the pictorial language. Through her love of the materials she uses, she searches for spontaneity and gestures that are off the beaten path, which give a voice to the rebellious woman inside her.

The intimacy of Dominique Payette's paintings is not necessarily an inward reflection since the subject matter does not address the banalities that surround everyday life with lightness. The way she portrays her human forms, and with her palette of contrasting colours, she gives her pieces deep meaning. She inspires her audience to recognize a union between human beings, but the union should not come without questioning or pain.
- Robert Bernier (agenda d'art Quebec 2009, Utilis, Galerie Michel-Ange)

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