As we explore these paintings, we experience one of the means through which Monique Germaine investigates her world.
Sometimes studies from life, at other times aesthetic and cerebral exercises aimed at uncovering deeper meaning.
This painting took a very long time to paint and may not be completed yet. It started after my trip to Spain and left me frustrated like no other painting ever did. Notice the net above. As I painted this one, it seemed as if the net was falling on the scene or was it being lifted for the first time. Throughout my life, I often felt as if I was caught in a web. Would I ever be free? This was then. Today, I have become free within my spirit and this is good.
My painting called “Toys” is 60 x 119 inches and is on rolled canvas. It came about when I was seeing a man who said that you can tell a rich man by his toys. I did not agree with this but I still wanted to explore the topic of Toys.
The Cactus is done in 6 pieces 120 x 72 inches – oil on canvas.
The large figure at the left is my youngest daughter Stephanie Tara – looking to the future and wondering about the future. What will become of me? My son Peter Anthony is the one hugging the cactus and Tania, my second daughter seems to be reaching out to him. Many of my paintings have a playground in it.
Tilt A Whirl is 9 feet by 6 – oil on rolled canvas, and is part of the art collection at the Presbyterian Church in Prince George, British Columbia.
The idea came while I visited the Billy Barker Days in Quesnel British Columbia. I love the painting because it expresses a joy that is within me and seems to be permanent. It is a truly happy, childlike work with no mystery to it, no symbol of death, only pure joy!
The Musicians painting is 108 x 48 inches – 3 pieces – oil on canvas. I met these musicians at Galita’s in Prince George British Columbia where there were many concerts, good food and much art being displayed. My paintings were a permanent collection at that time.
The Battle is 80 x 48 inches – 2 pieces – oil on canvas. I had a young neighbor in Prince George who has a pet iguana so I took photos and months later, this painting came out looking like this.
My latest painting: Harbor Delight done after the artist’s latest trip to Europe where she cruised from Rome to Istanbul Turkey – Athens in Greece, Naples Italy and many more places in Europe. A most enjoyable trip with her daughter.
The Original Wooden Horse painting is gone but I really like this one. It took 4 months to create and will soon be displayed at the CC Hall in Aylmer Quebec for a few months. This is my last creation as of August 2016.
AT THE STABLES with VIC and DONNA, was finally completed in August 2016.
I am reasonably happy with the painting. I find it amusing.