Comeau, Denise

Denise works out of her home studio on the shores of Saint Mary’s Bay, a rural community situated far from urban centers, where she was born and raised. She is mainly self-taught, having started painting professionally in 1985. She has exhibited in Canada and the USA, as well as France and Spain. In 1999 she was awarded the Prix Grand Pré. Her work is seen on a number of book covers and can be found in various collections, including the Nova Scotia Art Bank and the University of Poitiers in France.

Artist Statement

My work consists primarily of watercolors that reflect living along Baie Sainte-Marie. These works are rather traditional in imagery and suggest a collective sense of environment, culture and community. I also explore the expressive qualities of non-representational painting and printmaking. This work allows me to examine other facets of my culture and reflect on them in a more personal approach.

Mon travail consiste principalement en des aquarelles représentant l’espace et l’architecture de la Baie Sainte-Marie. Dans ces œuvres, l’imagerie est relativement traditionnelle et évoque un sentiment collectif d’appartenance à un territoire, à une communauté et à une culture. Plus récemment, j'explore les qualités expressives de la peinture abstraite et de l'estampes. Cette approche me permet d’examiner d’autres aspects de ma culture et d’effectuer une réflexion plus personnelle des tensions vécues sur les plans individuel et collectif pour l’épanouissement de mon Acadie dans une société en pleine évolution.

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