Her Art Reflects a World of Fantasy and Symbolism
Joanne St-Cyr discovered her love for drawing and painting at a young age and started painting in oils when she was 13 years old. Born in Montreal, Canada the artist now lives in Quebec, and has attracted many collectors and accolades from around the globe.
Her awe-inspiring allegorical paintings are created with the same technical prowess as the Renaissance Masters. In that equally compelling manner St-Cyr uses symbolism to represent various subjects in the guise of metaphorical references, a visionary state of mind, or an abstract concept.
Her vivid imagination has no boundaries or limitations. She has discovered her own powerful style that originates from her philosophy and life experiences and communicates powerful and timeless truths about humanity.
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“NUTURA” – Duality Between Man and Nature
St-Cyr’s current theme is titled “NATURA”, about which she writes: “The philosophical thread I am pursuing at the moment has to do with the constant duality between man and nature. Man’s extraordinary efforts to try and control nature, our stubbornness to manipulate, re-organize and mistreat her… she will not go down without a fight!”
About nature the artist continues, “She is magnificent, still unpredictable and resilient. At times she feels harnessed, laced within our control and will let herself drift until she regains her energy, man should be weary and respectful… she, will never give up.”
Praise for Her Art as “A World of Wonder”
Renowned American art critic Brian Sherwin commented on St-Cyr’s paintings, stating, “The paintings of Joanne St-Cyr invite viewers to a world of fantasy and symbolism… a place where each brushstroke pulls together in order to reveal the elegance and magic of the creatures that inhabit it.”
Sherwin adds, “Paintings, such as ‘Sunlit Moons’, beckon viewers to unshackle their imaginations… in order to embrace the world of wonder that Joanne has provided for us.”
Her Creative Process
The artist fluctuates between painting in oils and acrylic paints, “whenever the mood dictates the inspiration of the moment.”
When painting in oils, which requires time and patience to allow to dry between layers, she describes it as a daily ritual. “I will analyze, look at and softly stroke my creation. I contemplate and meditate on its future, what it will become. Many emotions will be shared through its growth. I will feed it and in return it feeds my soul and I will not let go until complete maturity.”
Creating Art in the Present Moment
St-Cyr expresses her feelings about painting in acrylics as allowing her to be in the present moment. It is a quicker drying medium than oils. She writes, “I like to abandon myself to the call of its colours and to the impulsivity it demands. It is rebellious and fiery and has no patience for contemplation.”
She also creates drawings, which was her first love and the form of expression she will always explore. Drawing permits her “to come into contact with the first drafts of the inspiration that my soul whispers.”
Exhibitions and Awards
Joanne St-Cyr has participated in many group exhibitions including the Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers, NY; the New Canadian branch of AOI (Art Of Imagination) in Toronto and Ottawa in Ontario, Canada; Le Grand Palais, Paris, France; and Musée Marius-Barbeau in Quebec, Canada; among others.
The artist has won several awards including Third Prize at Musée Laurier in Quebec, Canada, and two “Outstanding Acrylics” awards through the Boldbrush online competitions. Her art work has been published in Le Magazin’art, a prestigious French Art magazine.
St-Cyr studied Fine Art at Concordia University and UQAM in Montreal, Canada. She has been a member of ‘Institut des Arts Figuratifs’ since 1994.
Visit Joanne St-Cyr’s website http://joannestcyr.com