Sylvie Cloutier

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Born in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec in 1957, Sylvie Cloutier has been involved in the arts for many years. She holds a certificate in “Arts d’Impression” (impressionist art) from UQAM, a Fine Arts degree from Concordia University, as well as a diploma from Université de Montréal in Sciences and Education. She has been vigorously pursuing her artistic research for more than 30 years, always working to improve and refine the unique characteristics of her abstract works. Today, the artist shares her passion for art with others through teaching.
Drawing inspiration from artists such as Kadinsky, Klee, Pollock, Riopelle and Braque, Cloutier uses both a geometrical and a lyrical approach to her art. Her pieces offer extensive fluidity, conveying the sense of having well controlled “body language.” Often executed on blocks of wood, toile or paper, her work is original and creative. Contrasting vibrant pigment with subtle soft mid-tones and utilizing an array of texture, her pieces are guided by simple forms while various layers force the observers’ gaze to dive beyond the surface to see what lays underneath.
Although Cloutier relies on the impulse of spontaneity while creating, her artistic instinct is the trait that gives her works of art life. While viewers may find some abstract works to be cold and difficult to connect with, Cloutier’s works offer a great number of possible starting points to guide and draw the observer in, all while facilitating analysis.

Kathy Harker-Fiander

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Kathy spent the first 25 years of her career in the animation industry after graduating from the Classical Animation Program at Sheridan College. It was a wonderful career animating on various productions including "The Care Bears", "The Raccoons", and several productions with Disney Television. In 2003 the animation industry went digital, but she wasn't ready to give up that tactile feeling of pencil on paper. Reacquainting herself with watercolour and oil, inspired by her garden, she began to paint the beauty all around her. It gave her the opportunity to explore the true passion of making Fine Art. Kathy volunteered for many years at her young son's school and drew over 800 portraits as the children sat for her during their classes. It was a magical time of learning, as she continued to explore colour, composition, structure and light. In 2004, Kathy began teaching adults at community centres. She feels great joy when teaching, and the enthusiasm is contagious. Kathy decided to take the "Bargue Drawing Course" at "The Academy of Realist Art" to understand the secrets of the old masters. It was insightful to practice this intense academic system in order to understand how to achieve accuracy. She is inspired to use all that she has learned to continue to create the art she wants to make.

Alexander Putov

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Alexander Putov was born in 1940 in Kamensk, Rostov district, Soviet Union. His interest in the plastic arts drove him to earn a degree in the Moscow Institute of Architecture, on top of studying under the Moscow painter Shwarzman. He immigrated to Israel in 1973 and maintained a studio in Haifa. His work contains many tragic symbols the central theme being the man with two heads and a divided soul who is looking for an answer which he cannot find. His work has been shown in galleries and museums in Russia, Germany, Israel, and now, here in Ottawa's very own Rothwell Gallery.

Alexander Putov est né en 1940 à Kamensk, district de Rostov, Union soviétique. Son intérêt pour les arts plastiques l'a conduit à obtenir un diplôme à l'Institut d'architecture de Moscou, en plus d'étudier auprès du peintre moscovite Shwarzman. Il a immigré en Israël en 1973 et a maintenu un studio à Haïfa. Son œuvre contient de nombreux symboles tragiques, le thème central étant l'homme à deux têtes et à l'âme divisée qui cherche une réponse qu'il ne peut pas trouver. Son travail a été exposé dans des galeries et des musées en Russie, en Allemagne, en Israël et maintenant, ici, dans notre propre galerie Rothwell d'Ottawa.

Special Collection: Alexander Putov

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Alexander Putov was an expressionist painter born in 1940 in Kamensk, Russia. His interest in the plastic arts drove him to earn a degree at the Moscow Institute of Architecture, and he also studied under the Moscow painter Mikhail Schwartzman. He immigrated to Israel in 1973 and maintained a studio in Haifa. He later moved to France, where he became involved in the Art Cloche movement. His work has been shown in galleries and museums in Russia, Germany, Israel, and now, here in Ottawa's very own Rothwell Gallery at affordable prices ranging from $60-$100. Our special collection showcases Putov's affinity for figurative work, and depict his motifs of the man with two heads, the divided soul, and mother and child.

Alexander Putov est un peintre expressionniste né en 1940 à Kamensk, en Russie. Son intérêt pour les arts plastiques l'a conduit à obtenir un diplôme à l'Institut d'architecture de Moscou, et il a également étudié auprès du peintre moscovite Mikhail Schwartzman. Il a immigré en Israël en 1973 et a maintenu un studio à Haïfa. Il a ensuite déménagé en France, où il s'est impliqué dans le mouvement Art Cloche. Son travail a été exposé dans des galeries et des musées en Russie, en Allemagne, en Israël et maintenant, ici, dans la propre galerie Rothwell d'Ottawa avec des prix abordables variant entre $60-$100. Notre collection spéciale met en valeur l'affinité de Putov pour le travail figuratif et représente ses motifs de l'homme à deux têtes, l'âme divisée, et la mère et l'enfant.

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Louise Naud

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Over the past 20 years, the imagination of illustrator and painter Louise Naud has entered the privacy of thousands of homes. Her works of art with sceneries and faceless characters carry us to her playful and colorful universe.
A self-taught artist of French Canadian origin, Louise lived an extremely joyful childhood in Barraute, a village in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region in northwestern Quebec. A region renowned for its lakes and rivers where dozens of mining shafts reaching out to the sky to extract rich minerals from its fertile gold bearing earth where the forest ignites just before the twilight, where the northern lights dance on a star filled sky, where we can enjoy the long hot summer days as well as the rigorous winter nights… It is in this rich and colourful universe of wonderful landscapes packed with heart warming ambiances that filled Louise’s childhood memories, which joyfully inspired several scenes that she so cleverly brings back to life with her paint brush.

“I have often been asked why my characters are created faceless. For me, you cannot define a person by his appearance. There is a story behind every human being. To define a person, you have to look beyond his face, you have to see his soul. I believe that my faceless characters allow people to find themselves, to define themselves, to revive memories and sometimes even to create a story of their own. These faceless characters have always been my way of inventing them“

Au cours des 20 dernières années, l’imaginaire de la dessinatrice et artiste peintre Louise Naud est entré dans l’intimité de milliers de foyers. Ses œuvres d’art aux décors et personnages sans visage nous transportent dans son univers enjoué et coloré.
Artiste autodidacte d’origine canadienne française, Louise a vécu une enfance des plus heureuses dans le petit village de Barraute situé dans la région de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue au nord du Québec. Une région réputée pour ses lacs et ses rivières où des dizaines de chevalements miniers s’étirent dans le ciel pour extraire de riches minéraux de ces sols à saveur aurifère, où la forêt s’embrase juste avant le crépuscule, où les aurores boréales dansent sur un tapis d’étoiles, où il fait bon profiter de chaudes et longues journées d’été tout comme de rigoureux hivers… C’est donc de cet univers riche et coloré, de ces paysages immenses et de ces ambiances chaleureuses que proviennent plusieurs scènes qu’elle fait revivre sous son pinceau.

« On m’a souvent demandé pourquoi mes personnages sont créés sans visage. Pour moi, on ne peut définir une personne par son apparence. Derrière chaque être humain, il y a une histoire. Pour définir une personne, il faut regarder au-delà de son visage, il faut voir son âme. Je crois que mes personnages sans visage permettent aux gens de se retrouver, de se définir, de raviver des souvenirs et parfois même de se créer une histoire bien à eux. Ces personnages sans visage, c’est ma façon depuis toujours de les inventer »

Wendy Trethewey

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An international portraitist, Wendy Trethewey has painted hundreds of commissions for the military and institutions. Her private clients include adults, children, and pets - particularly dogs.
Trethewey's work is held in private and public collections throughout Canada, USA, Australia and England. Her pieces are represented in the permanent collection of the Canadian War Museum, amongst the other work of living artists featured in the museum's oral history.
Trethewey is a Premier Pastelist, winner of the highest award of the Pastel Society of Canada.
She is also a miniaturist whose work has won Best of Show.

"I stand for all that is beautiful in the world and see myself as a recorder of people, animals, landscapes, and interiors. Lately, I have been concentrating on pet portraits. It is very rewarding to see the joy my portraits bring their owners."

Une portraitiste internationale, Wendy Threthewey peignais des centaines de commissions pour la militaire et autres institutions. Ses clientèles privé inclus les adultes, enfants et animaux de compagnies - particulièrement des chiens. Ses œuvres sont exposés dans des collections publiques et privés tout autour du Canada, les États-Unis, Australie et l'Angleterre.
Ses pièces sont représentées dans la collection permanente du Musée canadienne de la Guerre parmi les autres artistes vivants, présente dans l'histoire orale du musée. Thethewey est une Pasteliste Première, gagnant de la récompense de la plus haute signifiance de la Société Pastel du Canada.
Elle est aussi une miniaturiste qui a gagné Best of Show.

Jérôme Cordier

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Born in Belgium in 1960, Jérôme Cordier now lives in Ottawa, Canada. Over the last thirty years, his work has been published in magazines, newspapers, and exhibits. His work is in private collections in Canada, Austria, Belgium, France, and the United States.
All Cordier's art is photography-based. In the past he used a 35 mm film camera and the darkroom to create selenium-toned fiber based prints. Now he produces high resolution scans of those same negatives and prints with archival quality inks on fine art and photo-base paper. Cordier uses the computer to manipulate the digital image into the "real" or his "surreal" vision.

"Although my portfolio is diverse, over the years "the Nude" has been a special subject. The body and art are synonymous. The French poet Paul Valery noted that the nude is for the artist what love is for the poet."

Né en Belgique en 1960, Jérôme Cordier vit à Ottawa (Canada).
Depuis les trente dernières années, il a été publié dans des magazines et journaux et a participé à des expositions. Les oeuvres de Cordier se retrouvent également dans des collections privées en Amérique du Nord et en Europe. La photographie est à la base de tout l'art de Cordier. Dans le passé, il utilisait un appareil photo 35 mm et la chambre noire pour produire des épreuves virées au sélénium sur papier argentique baryté. Depuis quelques années, il crée de somptueux tirages photographiques d'après un balayage numérique de ces mêmes négatifs, qu'il imprime ensuite avec un encre à pigment sur du papier de qualité conservation. Ce procédé offre une grande longévité pour la réalisation de tirages d'exposition ou d'art. Cordier utilise l'ordinateur pour manipuler l'image selon sa conception unique du "réel" et sa vision "surréaliste".

"Au sein de mon portfolio varié, au fil des ans, Le Nu a occupé une place importante. Le Nu -- le corps et son image-- est synonyme de l'art et comme le déclarait le poète français Paul Valéry: Le Nu est pour l'artiste ce que l'amour est au poète."

Eliane Saheurs

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Eliane Saheurs was born in Thun, Switzerland. Before realizing that painting was the challenge for which she was searching, Saheurs did photographic work, including studies of landforms, an influence now evident in her painting.
Saheurs began art studies in 1985 at Algonquin College, Ottawa, and continued at the Ottawa School of Art to 1995, working mainly with Michel Savage, Blair Sharpe, Kathy Gillis, Jeff Stellick and Susan Feindel. She also studied with Frank Webb from Pittsburgh, Lynn Forgach from New York, Toshihisa Fudezuka from Tokyo and Virginia Cobb from Santa Fe. and completed a residency at the Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, MA. She has worked in New Mexico, France and Crete.
Saheurs has lived in Ottawa, Ontario, since 1984.

Eliane Saheurs est née en Thun, Suisse. Avant qu'elle s'est rendu compte que la peinture était le défi qu'elle cherche, Saheurs faisait de la photographie, incluant les études des formes du relief, une influence maintenant claire dans ses peintures.
Saheurs a commencé ses études d'art l'an 1985 au Collège Algonquin, Ottawa et a continué à l'École d'Art Ottawa jusqu'au 1995, travaillant principalement avec Michel Savage, Blair Sharpe, Kathy Gills, Jeff Stellic et Susan Feindel. Elle a aussi étudié avec Frank Webb du Pittsburgh, Lynn Forgach de New York, Toshihisa Fudezuka de Tokyo et Virginia Cobb de Santa Fe. et a complété un internat au Centre des Artistes Contemporaine, Noth Adams, MA. Elle a travaillé en Nouveau Mexique, France et Crète.
Elle vivait à Ottawa depuis 1984.

Angela Verlaeckt Clark

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Angela is an Ottawa-based, international, multidisciplinary fine artist and poet.Living in Canada, the UK and the USA, Angela’s life has always been one of movement, both geographically and artistically. A passion for sculpting led her from clay to stone and from representational to abstract; from the Maison du Potier in Québec City, to the Ottawa School of Art, to the Sculpture Academy in London, UK and ultimately to a residency in Italy with a master in 2004.
A Canadian abstract artist, she produces enduring, tactile, elegant stone sculptures. Angela senses a deep past in her ancient stones and though both artist and stone have separate memories, her objective is to bring them into dialogue during the sculpting process. During that dialogue when she feels the stone’s tangible energy and power, a rare bond is forged. This most compelling component of her art inspires a poem to complement each sculpture. Angela approaches this physically demanding medium with determination, conviction and organization, completing each sculpture with a base designed to complement the work. She encourages the viewer to use their sense of touch when admiring a sculpture to fully comprehend its nuances.
While living in the USA a brief course in warm glass sparked her curiosity. Angela was transfixed by the luminosity, transparency and richly hued colours available thus beginning years of exploratory practice in the art of kiln-fired glass.
In a studio separate from her stone studio, using brightly hued primary colours Angela charts places that have defined her, much as a cartographer does, voicing it through the geography of map-like contemporary glass wall art panels. As in her stones, believing bases are important to a complete artwork, she fashions reflective steel or exotic wood backgrounds.
Moving between artistic mediums, is what Angela terms the ultimate ‘act of becoming me’.
She is an elected member of the Sculptors Society of Canada (SSC), the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA), and a member of the International Sculpture Center (ISC) in the USA. She has exhibited with the Society of Women Artists (SWA) and the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) in London. Angela is listed in the Library and Archives of the National Gallery of Canada since 2003.
Angela’s fine art features in collections worldwide.

"I believe that carefully crafted objects have the power to inspire, elevate and they retain the pulse of their maker."

Michelina Williamson

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Michelina Williamson was born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. From a young age she developed a passion for art, but in her family, a career as an Artist was never viewed as a viable option. She instead moved to Toronto to pursue a career as a Pharmacy Assistant.
During her time in Toronto, Williamson became friends with some very creative thinking individuals. One of those friends was attending the prestigious Ontario College of Art. He offered to give Williamson a tour of the College.

“As soon as I stepped through the doors of OCA, I felt the creative energy and excitement of the place. I knew then that I wanted to be a part of it, to experience the freedom to explore and create all things Art.”

So began Williamson’s journey pursuing art as a career. She worked as a Pharmacy Assistant during the day and took art classes at night at OCA. Williamson’s years at OCA were ones of exploration, experimentation and growth. She expanded her knowledge of Art movements and Art Masters from the Renaissance through to the 20th Century. She also tried as many different mediums and techniques as she could in her studio classes. For example, she learned to weld and made a chair of steel and copper that she still has in her home today. She experimented with sound production and recorded an atmospheric sound track using found objects. She discovered the Film and Video department and fell in love. Literally. Her future husband, Paul Williamson, worked as a Re-recording sound engineer at a Post Production House in Toronto and performed the sound mix on her first experimental film.

“It was like a scene in a movie. I felt a chemistry between us, but I played it cool. After the mix Paul escorted me to the lobby. We lingered at the doors and then I left. I walked away into the sunshine thinking, oh well, I guess I was wrong about the chemistry. Suddenly I heard my name. I stopped, turned around and saw Paul running towards me. When he caught up to me, he asked if I’d like to get a coffee sometime. Smiling, I said yes.”

Williamson graduated from OCA’S New Media program in 1991. Soon after, she and Paul were married and started a family.
Through the growth of her family and the transition from stay at home Mom to part-time work, Williamson’s dream of becoming a full time Artist was ever present. When her children became more independent, she went back to her Alma Mater. In 2010 she graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.

Emotion is at the essence of my paintings. It is the foundation, the core from which my art emerges, develops and manifests into a physical form. I find inspiration in the power and beauty of nature and I strive to portray emotion through landscape. I’m fortunate enough to live in Ontario, Canada which has so many lakes and natural parks. I don’t have to go far to find a scene that emotionally touches me and inspires me to paint. I work from sketches, photographs and memory to convey the emotion I felt in the moment."