ABOUT

 

As a self-taught painter, I grew up with lettering, serigraphy and analogue photography. I created out of necessity rather than as a career choice. I enrolled into art school after showing my work for the first time in public. 

My paintings are constructed strongly from diversified interventions where the colors mainly work on different levels. The measured gesture is as significant as color. The expression is amplified not only by the tonality but also by the right color treatment. The overall scheme of colors and tones in my painting are precisely set by the affects emerging from the face-to-faces with my models. The impression left. The affects retained as a consequence of what become next, the painting. Driven by the false percept often given by romantic attraction or stardom ego - I painted mostly men. Understanding pattern recognition and developing through a visage (surface), a variety of forms, scale and marks of absence to reveal its presence. 

Singularity and vivacity in my work is having those face-to-face encounters. This concept is absolutely necessary in my creative process to help me capture the essence – to set the tone. I believe that no meet-ups with models to paint portraits today is only a representation of the representation of their image based on unidirectional perceptions.

In addition of having replaced the sketches, the video sequence is now developed like an image bank in which I withdraw both inspiration and information (I do not use image projectors. I directly paint on the canvas). My creative process is a singular manner of facing the vertiginous, paradoxical and intertwined affects of the being towards its condition - the gap between the real self and the ideal self, upon love and beyond its self-image. For me, painting portrait nowadays is peeling the layers off - a fragment image - l'effraction du visage. 

Biography

Currently lives and works in Montreal

Born in 1973 in Quebec City, Canada

Education

2003 Bachelor degree in Visual Art

2005 Master of Fine Arts with thesis « Le désir non résolu » Université Laval Quebec

Residencies

2013 Gullkistan Miðstöð sköpunar Iceland

2013 SÍM Residency Reykjavik Iceland

2006 Pan! Peinture – Symposium de peinture de Québec Le Lieu, Centre d’Art Actuel

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2010 Paintress’s Paint XEXE Gallery, 624 Richmond ST. West Toronto, Canada

2009 Paintress’s Paint *New Gallery, 906 Queen West Toronto, Canada

2008 My Face Spaced Acrylic Age Gallery - Mahlow bei Berlin, Germany

2008 My Face Spaced O Patro Vys, Montreal QC Canada

2008 My Face Spaced Le Cercle 228 St-Joseph E. Quebec, Canada

2005 The Portrait : Re-actualized Main gallery. Gallery 1313 Queen West Toronto CA

2005 Le désir non résolu Galerie des Arts Visuels,  Quebec, Canada

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013 Default SÍM Gallery Hafnarstræti 16 Reykjavík, Iceland

2013 SCOPE Art Fair in Miami USA 

2013 The Story of the Creative, See Exhibition Space, Long Island City, Queens New York

2011 A Family of Trois’ The Human Experience. Studio 561 Bloor Street Toronto CA

2011 Holiday Salon - 99 Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2011 Fall Salon - 99 Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2010 The Sex Show Gallery 1313 Queen West, Toronto Canada

2010 Wish You Were Here – Postcard Show to Benefit A.I.R. Gallery, New York USA

2009 White *New Gallery, 906 Queen West, Toronto Canada

2006 Pan! Peinture – Laboratoire 01 Galerie Le 36 Quebec, Canada

2005 Dexteritas – Canadian Art Show The Cryptic Canvas, Toronto CA 

2005 Greenpeace Benefit Exhibition The Sacred Voice Gallery Toronto Canada

2005 Junction Art Festival 3042 Dundas Street W Toronto CA

2005 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition 

2005 Wish You Were Here IV Postcard Show to Benefit A.I.R Gallery New York USA

2005 Le Seuil - Mars de la Maîtrise, Galerie des Arts Visuels Université Laval, Quebec

2004 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition 

Artistic Events

2012 Art Takes Times Square New York USA

2012 Trash Pink – Breast Cancer Benefit, Galerie MX Montreal, Quebec

2012 O PATRO VYS10th Anniversary - Group Art Show, Montreal

2011 Toronto International Art Fair

2010 Art for a Change – Free the Children [Curated auction] Toronto

2010 Toronto International Art Fair ; Catalogue XEXE Gallery

2010 Exposition pour le Radiothon de CKRL L'Établi, Quebec city

2009 Kidney Foundation of Canada Founder’s Award Gala – Silent auction 

2008 Video Projection painting Curtis Mayfield by Fokus Production during

2008 Bran Van 3000's Astounded song - Quebec city 400th Anniversary show at Baie de Beauport http://youtu.be/sPshU4bGqFE

2009 Art Off The Lot 1030 King St. West Toronto, CA

2008 The Wawa Show - We Are Women Artist (Multimedia) La Sala Rossa, Montreal

2005 Shortlisted A.I.R. Fellowship Program, A.I.R. Gallery New York

2005 Cathodiques Pratiquants (Video art) Le Lieu Centre d’art actuel, Quebec

Related experiences

2009-2011 Member of the Board of Pan! Peinture – Symposium in Quebec city

2009 Artist Member *New* Gallery, 906 Queen West Toronto, Canada

2011 Album art cover [Photography] Kim Bingham, Up

2010 Co-artistic Director [Documentary And If I Miss My Shot - Pascale Picard Band]  Sogestalt Media

2009 Album art cover [Painting] Jason Bajada, Loveshit

2008 Album art [Painting and photography] Pascale Picard Band, Me, Myself And Us

Press and Publications

Branch Magazine Issue 4 [branchmagazine.com] 2010

Ça Manque à Ma Culture February 5th, 2009 – Reportage Télé-Québec TV SHOW

Bang Bang http://galerie.bangbangblog.com/caroline-jean/

The First Annual Off the Lot Exhibition [Snap Toronto Newspaper] December 2009

Peintre Numérique by Guillaume Fortier for Télé-Québec TV SHOW Ça manque à ma culture 2008 www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AN-W5mbfnc

Têtes Fortes 2008 Ici [Montreal] Weekly newspaper

Canadian House & Home Magazine December 2007 p.168-169

Le portrait revisité [Impact campus] 17 janvier 2006

Be Inspired by Quebec painter Caroline Jean’s portrait [Toronto Sun], October 21 2005

Employement

2007-2014 Substitute teacher at Commission scolaire des Premières Seigneuries

2009-2010 Painting and drawing teacher L’atelier d’Art Suzie Delisle

2009-2010 High School Art teacher [Part time] Polyvalente de Charlesbourg

2007-2008 High School Art teacher [Full time] École Secondaire Mont Ste-Anne

2007 High School Art teacher [Part time] Polyvalente de Charlesbourg Québec

2003-2006 Painting teacher Association TCC des Deux-Rives Québec

2006 Watercolor painting teacher Loisirs Montcalm, Ville de Québec

2004 Visual arts specialist Camp Explorart, Ville de Québec