At Latitude 44 Gallery Framing Decor, based in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood, we represent Canadian artists in all forms of media. Whether you’re looking for fine art, or custom framing, we can do it all. Take a look at works from local and national artists.
Denise Buisman Pilger
Professional artist Denise Buisman Pilger (the -Artist Abroad) is a frequent globetrotter. Having called Amsterdam, Fort Worth, Montréal and Nagoya home, she takes each relocation as an opportunity to explore the world, gathering inspiration for her urban, hand layered mixed media paintings along the way. Exhibiting and selling her work prolifically in North America and Europe over the past several years, Denise has proudly exhibited her work at the 2011 Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, both the Artist Project and Outdoor Art Exhibition in Toronto and galleries in New York, Montréal, Ottawa and Toronto.
Denise's work reflects her love of photography, painting and travel, configured into graphic pseudo-realities of everyday life filtered through her own whimsical creative lens. Fascinated by the urban landscape and the people that populate it, her bustling pastiches of architectural elements and city life invite us to step into her world, where urban elements are arranged at unusual angles, irregular scale, and not necessarily in their true-to-life configuration.
Her creative practice spans close to two decades, beginning with several years as a professional graphic designer and art director for print media, both in Europe and North America. A sensibility that is reflected in her current body of work, both aesthetically and technically. Her creative process involves photo manipulation, acrylic image Transfer, hand layered mixed media elements and other innovative techniques. Often her pieces are black and white with minimalist colour accents, while others abound with colour — her visual vocabulary is always unique and always authentic. From her home-based studio, she produces cityscapes that are graphic and contemporary, yet nostalgic.
Originally from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Denise has a Bachelor of Arts in Illustration from Willem de Kooning Academy of Arts in Rotterdam. She continues to pursue creative professional development to stay on top of new techniques and materials as well as find inspiration in the classic local techniques and materials of her current home country.
Paula studied glass at Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada. She earned a BFA(hons)glass at the University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom. She has worked with a diverse group of internationally established artists which has allowed her to diversify and develop her work in other countries.
Paula explores the technical process of three-dimensional sculptural sandcasting, hot glass, and kiln casting She combines mixed mediums and found objects as part of her creative process to create tactile, erotic sculptures.
Paula’s work has always shown passion towards the human form as well as a fascination with the emotions which animate it. For someone interacting with one of these sculptures, the beauty and lyricism combine with an energy and tension which gives a dramatic qualify to her work.
One can appreciate my sculptures as a celebration of creation, regeneration and mortality. I create my own cultural identity in which the visual codes of my subconscious become reanimated. I creatively reconstruct the past and redefine its meaning.
My art gives form to the soul and entices the audience to interact and unravel the mysteries of who we are as human beings. Touch is as revealing as vision, and when this exchange happens the audience internalize and correlate a story unique to them.
Alexandre Zerbé was born in Montréal, in 1974. Zerbé paints and draws every day. Inspired by photographs he takes of his own city or from the ones he travels to, Zerbé chooses surprising viewpoints rather than the obviously traditional scenes. He is interested in the geometry of the urban landscape, the vertical and horizontal intersections of lines that make up a modern city. Whether the subject is a person, a room’s interior or a cityscape, every part of the composition claims your attention at once. Your gaze moves across the image, settling nowhere. In a view through a window, chimney tops, telephone wires and balconies all seem equally meaningful and this experience of registering all of the information at once is akin to physically being in the scene.
Zerbé’s technique is stylized: he usually sketches compositions before beginning to paint, mindful not to “over-finish” a piece as he wants the liveliness of the sketch to remain visible. His purposely discernable brushstrokes, boldly unpredictable colour choices like bright red skies, black contour lines adopted from the essence of drawing, and the calligraphy of his signature are all markers of his singular style.
Gérard Castonguay was born in Montreal, Canada, on December 21st, 1933. He studied at l’École du Meuble de Montréal and the Académie des Arts du Canada.
A graphic artist and illustrator for over 30 years, Gérard Castonguay has been a painter since the 1970s. Since, Castonguay has taken part in numerous group and solo exhibitions, and has been awarded prizes for artistic merit in Canada, the United States and France. His work is part of several public and private collections.
Castonguay's art transposes us into the atmosphere of a world larger than life. With great freedom and fantasy, he positions figures and landscapes in dream-like settings. The vivid tones and the variations of light give life and a theatrical spirit to his creations. In his opinion, there are three elements that decide whether a work of art is good: color, composition and light. He strives to combine them in order to achieve balance. This is what he believes makes his work dynamic.
Born in Valleyfield, Quebec in 1960, Diane Brouillette plays with traditional still-life compositions, masterfully infusing inanimate objects with a new life. “Mother nature is the metronome of my creativity,” she writes. “Over and over I pick up her fruits, her flowers, her colours and lost perfumes.”
Drawing inspiration from the shapes of fruits and the colours and textures of antiques, Brouillette juxtaposes these elements in such a way that they engage in dialogue and mimic human form.
In her most recent production, the human body has taken centre stage, often left hovering between light and shadows, the known and the unknown.
Her acute sense of colour and bold use of texture accentuates the dramatic ambiance found in her work. Collage is an integral part of her work. Her mix-media approach on paper and canvas make emotions appear palpable.
Brouillette’s art leaves no one indifferent. It will captivate the eye of the spectator, who will enjoy discovering the subtleties of the matter.
Originally from France, Viviane Gruais was raised in a creative family atmosphere. From a young age, Viviane started to paint large format paintings and regularly participated in various workshops. Her youth was punctuated with colours, materials, shapes, abstraction and exploration of patterns. Throughout the seasons she would observe the landscape in all its forms, shapes and smells. All this natural materials helped her create her own space of peace and creativity. Her parents, being both art teachers and visual artists, were able to transmit this passion for painting and nature.
Viviane remains totally fascinated by the surrounding nature where she still finds refuge. It is in this atmosphere that she first began to write texts with poetic and spiritual resonance. In 2003, after experimenting with several jobs, her existential quest led her back to school in the field of social studies. Meanwhile, the artist retained her lively creativity, writing and painting more than ever.
Therefore, painting became a necessity. Self-taught artist, it was only in 2007, after hibernating for sometime, that she decided to put together her first exhibition. It became her way of letting go. And so they were, full of doubts and daring, raw in their way of pointing the inexpressible that molds us all.
In 2010, the northern call awakens and brings her to reconnect with the wilderness that still lies dormant inside of her. A very strong attraction for indigenous people led her to study the customs and religious rites of the First Nations people.
Breaking with her roots, she decides to experience the great outdoors of Quebec. Quebec City will become the gateway where her pictorial writing will vibrate under the influence of speed and colour. Spontaneous gestural painting then characterized Viviane Gruais. Through the lyrical abstraction of her paintings appear some flags that lead the eye to the more evocative. The sensitivity of the artist is reflected in the brightness of the colours and the richness of graphics and textures. Her works captivate the senses and nourish the soul. Paintings by Viviane Gruais are found on both continents, in temporary and permanent exhibitions, and in many private collections. The artist has also received several international art reviews for the entire of her work.
Hélène-Caroline Fournier – 2011
Director & Founder d'Art Total Multimédia
Born in Johnville, Baie-du-Febvre, Quebec in 1942, Yvon Breton demonstrated artistic ability from an early age. He enrolled at Montreal’s École des Beaux-Arts in 1962, five years later winning the prestigious Prince Fine Arts Award at the Canadian National Exhibition. In 1988, Breton became the first Quebecer to be awarded the Prix René d’Anjou from the French government. His early success led him to fully dedicate himself to his artistic practice.
While Breton has experimented with watercolour, ink, charcoal and pastel, his medium of choice is oil, which he applies on the canvas with a palette knife to create unique textures. His exceptional palette strokes and his ability to fuse asymmetrical strokes and movements into a concise painting is one of his most recognizable traits.
Breton compares his work to poetry; a visual poetry inspired by the shapes, colours and movements of the wilderness. Amateurs and collectors alike appreciate his passion for nature, evident in all of his work.
Born in Montreal, Linda Laflamme began experimenting with painting at the young age of ten.
Today, she draws inspiration from nature and the inescapable passage of time, exploring this subject through abstraction and mix-media. Luminous shades of copper, gold and silver are applied in transparency over heavily textured surfaces, resulting in an experience that is at once tactile and visual. Through these different applications of paint, figures, objects and landscapes tend to emerge.
Always conscious of the environment, Laflamme is unafraid to incorporate fragments of glass, paper and other recycled items to her work in order to pay homage to Mother Earth. These everyday objects, sprinkled across the surface and coated with a palette inspired by precious metals, glisten under a lustrous coat of varnish. The beauty and quality of Laflamme’s work is sure to attract the viewer who will want to discover its every detail and nuance.
To paint is to see the beauty in everything and get inspired!
Lina Vandal was born in Montreal in 1952. At an early age, her father, an architect, introduced her to arts, encouraging her to attend the Montreal School of Fine Arts. Later on, her curiosity and her passion for the art world expanded to include ceramics, sculpture, drawing, painting, theatre and even the circus.
In 1999, while pursuing a career in advertising, she decided to invest herself in painting. Portraits and human bodies became the focus of her research, and a central theme in the work.
Vandal’s paintings combine raw drawing, subtle tones, figurative and abstract elements. She uses acrylic, charcoal and pastels on canvas. She sometimes trades the brush for a sponge. She studied namely with Sophie Jodoin, Jacques Clément, Olivier Longpré and Jean-Louis Émond. She regularly participates in live model workshops and is an avid reader on human anatomy.
Francis Breton was born in Montreal, in 1968. A poet of images, music and words, he left college to focus on his artwork. In his twenties, he published two poetry books, participated in many poetry collectives and readings, recorded an album under an independent label. A few years later, he invented and constructed an antique photographic camera, made from paper, which functions with a real 35 mm negative. After having sold his invention, he traveled for three years, from Czech Republic to North Africa.
His paintings were exhibited all over the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. He also exhibited for three years in Pont-Aven, Britanny and recently, in an art gallery in Bastille, Paris.
Kim, Ok Hee
Born in South Korea, Ok Hee Kim graduated from the Department of Art Education from Chonbuk National University in South Korea. She has participated in several solo and group exhibitions in South Korea, Canada and France where she won the bronze medal at the “Salon de l’artiste française” in 1994.
After graduating from York University with a B.F.A., Janet continued drawing and painting with her work being shown in more than 300 exhibitions - both group and solo - over the 45 year period. During that time, works have been selected to represent Canada at the Olympics, selected as award recipients and have also been given as awards. They have earned Ms. Hendershot Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council Grants. Many public galleries have added the work to their collections including ArtBank, the Government of Ontario, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, etc.
Janet is active in numerous art societies and arts organization boards and serves both on exhibition committees and as exhibition chair.