About the Artist

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A small part of Monique’s Aylmer Studio!

 

                                THE ARTIST’S STATEMENT

  George Harris, curator of the Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George, wrote:    “FREEDOM, Truth and Justice are more than mere concepts to Monique. They are beliefs to live by and principles that are reflected in everything she does. They are not to be taken for granted but to be exercised daily.” Art Show at Two Rivers Gallery called "US".

Self-creation is most important to Monique. “It is a conscious work of restoration and rising above the limits of ordinary experiences, a sort of climbing above the ego”. Taken from “The Road Less Travelled”, by Scott M. Peck.

Having discovered later in life that Monique had the gift of Dyslexia, helped her understand why she can express herself better with Art and Music than with words, whether written or spoken.

Art and music have helped her exorcize her fears and her sadness and heal a difficult past that had haunted her in her childhood and adult life for years.

Monique is never very far from her paint brushes or her guitar and piano. Her later years have become full of joy and what was once hell, has now become heaven on earth.

Her studio is a host to a lifetime of exciting experiences, a love of life and her need to express and celebrate it through her art.

    THE ARTIST’S SELF PORTRAIT

Monique was born and raised in New Brunswick in a French Acadien family, the second of 14 children. When she was a young teenager, she was sent to a private school, where she contracted tuberculosis. After a long recovery in the Sanatorium of St. Basil , a pastor called Rev. Roger Dupont, made it possible for her to pursue some of her studies in a small college in rural Quebec, thirty miles east of Montreal.

The late 70’s found Monique single with 4 young children to raise on her own. She soon became involved in Human Rights Work which took her into many oppressed countries, many of them behind the Iron Curtain, in the Old Soviet Union. That was during the cold war in the late 70’s and 80’s.

Monique also did some work in Canadian prisons, and has been involved for years with Reseaux Femmes BC, an organization who also fights for Women’s Rights.

Many trips to Europe in countries such as Spain, France, England, Greece, Sweden and many Eastern European countries such as Russia, the Ukraine, Hungary and many more, have helped to familiarize her with great Art and its Masters.

Monique has lived in 5 Canadian Provinces, in cities such as Edmunston NB, Toronto Ont, Edmonton Al, Vancouver BC, and now lives in Aylmer Quebec.

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Monique’s Prince George Studio in 2010. Photo taken by her daughter Jennifer Lee Kohl.

Monique Germaine est acadienne française, née au Nouveau Brunswick, la seconde dans une famille de 14 enfants. Elle déménage à Prince George en 1987 et a Gatineau Quebec in 2012. Monique a étudié à plusieurs institutions de beaux-arts : Art Training Program à Edmonton de 1981 – 1984, Athabasca University à Edmonton de 1984 – 1985, Vancouver Vocational Institute en 1986, et des leçons privées de Tim White – artiste et professeur à Vancouver de 1986 – 1988.

Elle a voyagé à plusieurs pays d’Europe et s’est familiarisée avec des grands maîtres d’art et leurs œuvres . Monique utilise la peinture à l’huile pour créer ses tableaux.

Monia Blanchet ecrit: “D’UNE VIE DIFFICILE ET TROUBLÉE, Monique a tiré l’inspiration pour ses œuvres d’art. La peinture lui donne une grande liberté et lui permet de puiser dans l’inconscient. Ses tableaux sont conçus comme un casse-tête pour entraîner le public dans le mystère des choses.” Elle déclare: « Quand je peins, je me rappelle notre humanité et la création d’une œuvre d’art semble nous rendre immortel. Chaque tableau m’apporte sur une route spirituelle qui finit toujours avec le sentiment d’être amoureuse, sinon, le tableau n’est pas terminé.

Statements from different reporters:

CBC reportage de Monia Blanchet: blanchem@vancouver.cbc.ca viewed on November 6 2006, May 28 2007 and June 3rd 2007.

Teresa Mallam arts@pgfreepress.com “Germaine has used her art to speak out against social injustices like racism and violence but it also celebrated the beauty in life.” July 7, 2006.

George Harris, curator of Two Rivers Art Gallery “The often unsettling and dream-like quality of these paintings results from explorations of perception, reality, imagination and truth, in a kind of neo-surrealist spirit.”

Josh Hammerstedt: THE PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN “She didn’t choose that style, it kind of chose her, because she’s the kind of person who likes mystery, and is not afraid to look beyond the surface.” October 2005.

Christine Skorepa: PG This Week: “Much of Germaine’s work depicts human struggle and strife.” May 25 2003

This is only a few of Monique’s Newspapers Articles!

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