Josée Duranleau's First Solo Art Exhibition

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Meditations & Inspirations *

By A Correspondent

Mixed media artist Josée Duranleau presents Meditations & Inspirations, her first solo art exhibition, featuring a series of works on Buddha and of vintage photo collages. Opening at the Céline-Allard Gallery on Friday, November 8 with special gallery hours on Saturday, November 9.

For her first solo show, Josée Duranleau combines the serene Buddha and compassionate Tara, the female embodiment of Buddha, with rich and colorful visual textures. The calm inward meditation surrounded by beautiful distractions. Also inspired by her mother's great sense of style and fascinated by the flappers of the 1920's, Josée pays tribute to these influential women in a series of collages combining black and white images with colorful patterns and designs of the era.

"I love paper. I love touching paper and the meditative quality of cutting paper. I am very deliberate in the images I choose in my work. I don't use random elements. I spend a great deal of time searching for images and their meanings. Each piece has to have a connection with the other. While assembling the various pieces that make up my collages I get great pleasure from the process of trying to marry different images and mediums together and watching the work unfold. Consciously, I have an idea of where I want the work to go but my unconscious is undisputedly the one in charge. I am often surprised at where the work takes me. My original ideas tend to morph into something quite unexpected and that strikes me as magical."

Josée started making greeting cards in her early twenties and that is where her love of collage began. In June 2012 she embarked on a more serious journey into art and this is where her work evolved to include not only paper but also paint, block printing, stenciling and image transfer adding more textures and dimension to her work.

In the past 12 months, Josée Duranleau's work has been featured in several juried art exhibits including the SpeakEasy Fall Art Fair at the Gladstone Hotel, Music is the Soul at the Brockton Collective and Toronto the Beautiful at KUMF Gallery where she was awarded first prize for her submitted works.

* The above collage features Tara, the goddess of universal compassion. Tara represents virtuous and enlightened action. It is said that her compassion for living beings is stronger than a mother's love for her children. She also brings about longevity and guards her followers on their spiritual journey to enlightenment.In this work I combine the serene and compassionate Tara with rich visual textures. The calm inward meditation surrounded by beautiful distractions. The indigo blue of her third eye represents the 6th chakra, which influences our capacity to see things that are yet to come into being. The butterflies are black and white as they fly upwards and turn indigo blue as they reach the Divine, representing the completion of their transformation.


Céline-Allard Gallery
Centre francophone de Toronto
20 Lower Spadina, Toronto, ON, M5V 2Z1

Opening reception: Friday, November 8 from 6-9 PM
The artist will also be present on Saturday, November 9 from 1-4 PM

November 8 – 28, 2013
Monday to Friday 12-4PM

Contact Information:

Josée Duranleau
416 652 7672
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Twitter: @JoseeDuranleau

JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12


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