Renée Chevalier’s Love Story

The welcome is warm and I like to print my digital creations or follow workshops. The atmosphere is open and inclusive.

I Love L’imprimerie is an emotional propaganda campaign. With great tenderness and kindness, we solicit love letters from our faithful members. This initiative aims to cultivate the love of our community and collect donations to continue to offer professional quality services. Whether through the development of original artistic projects in residence or the accompaniment of artists through workshops and training, all the practices of print and photography are supported by the center.

This month, Renée Chevalier shares her love story with L’imprimerie. Renée is a multidisciplinary visual artist who practices painting, engraving, photography and digital printmaking. It was under the direction of the founder of l’Atelier Graff, Pierre Ayot, that Renée completed her master’s degree in painting. On the international scene, she has exhibited in several countries including Bulgaria, Portugal, Ukraine, Canada, Russia, Spain, France, Japan, Dubai, South Korea, United Kingdom and the United States. It gives us the greatest pleasure to share with you her testimony of affection for the centre.

At l’IMPRIMERIE, artist centre, life is renewed. Let me explain. When I was doing my bachelor of visual arts at the University of Quebec in Montreal, I was already practicing lithography and I attended Graff workshops. One day, Pierre Ayot invited several experienced and novice printmakers to participate in the project of the artist’s book The Graff Dinner. Wow! Quite a challenge.

Image: Renée Chevalier, Doxa II, Ongoing project

Image: Renée Chevalier, Journal alternatif II, Partial view from the Maison de la culture of Pointe-aux-Trembles

Today, Graff’s spirit lives on through L’IMPRIMERIE. The welcome is warm and I like to print my digital creations or follow workshops. The atmosphere is open and inclusive. This is the reason why I support this centre.

And I must say that I was shocked, as were many artists, by the lack of consideration and the incomprehension of the field of visual arts by the State at the beginning of the Covid outbreak. But let’s not give up.

Biography
Born in the Gaspesian Peninsula (Quebec, Canada), Renée Chevalier has lived and worked in Montreal since 1975. She holds a master’s degree in art from the University of Quebec in Montreal. A multidisciplinary artist, she is particularly interested in digital photography and printmaking. In 2017 at the 5th edition of the International Contemporary Mini Print of Kazanlak she received the 1st prize in the experimental printmaking category. In 2019, le Centre d’artistes, Voix Visuelle awarded her the Desjardins Prize at the exhibition of the 14th international edition of miniature digital print. She regularly participates in solo exhibitions including Montreal’s Pointe-aux-Trembles Maison de la Culture in 2018, and le Centre d’artistes, Voix Visuelle in Ottawa in 2020 and group. Her concerns are of a philosophical and spiritual type which she expresses through visual poetry. Her work can be found in public, private and corporate collections (Russia, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Bulgaria, South Korea and Canada). She is a member of L’IMPRIMERIE, honorary member of Verticale, centre d’artistes, member of the RAAV and le centre d’artistes Voix Visuelle, in Ottawa.

Discover Renée’s artistic work by clicking here.

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