François Vincent
Biography

A native of Montreal, where he lives and works, François Vincent received a bachelor’s degree in linguistics in 1972 and another one in fine arts in 1974 from Université du Québec à Montréal. He is a pioneer in contemporary printmaking within the Atelier Circulaire collective, and his works have appeared around the world (Argentina, Canada, Spain, the United States, France, Japan, and Portugal).

Winner of the 1990 Grand Prix Loto-Québec Printmaking Competition and the 1997 Prix Jacques-Cartier des Arts, François Vincent has been a featured artist in many private and public collections : the Canada Council Art Bank, the National Bank of Canada, Loto-Québec, Musée national des Beaux-arts du Québec, and Musée d’Art contemporain de Montréal.

His works are also displayed in some public venues thanks to the Politique d’Intégration des Arts à l’Architecture program, in particular to the Institute of Cardiology of Montreal and more recently in the new Research Center of the CHUM. In Quebec he is represented by Galerie Lacerte Art contemporain.

Statement

A painting does not merely dissect a space; it measures time, extending it for those of us who linger and look, dissolving our distractions into its shadow and absorbing them into its colour. In these paintings, bold, vibrant objects are positioned with the calculated precision and assurance of a second dimension. Palette and canvas combine, yet remain distinct.


Drapery hangs in folds lush as a forest. Saturn’s rings radiate next to amulets, ornaments, velveteen cases, playthings. Against the isolation of sombre expanses, the light is diffused, its fleeting glow interwoven with the gilded stillness of the works.

2012
Painting commissioned for the Politique d’intégration des arts à l’architecture, Montreal CRCHUM, Montreal, Canada

2010
Painting commissioned for the Politique d’intégration des arts à l’architecture, Montreal Heart Institute, Montreal, Canada

2009
TOTEM, art book produced in collaboration with Thomas Mainguy, Éditions du Braquet, Montreal, Canada

2006
Edition of a print for Vie des Arts, 50th anniversary (Visual arts magazine), Montreal, Canada

2004
Painting commissioned for Project 1% integration to architecture, École nationale de l’humour, Montréal, Canada
2002
Contribution to Les tours de Babel, la paix après le 11 septembre, a collective book by artists and writers edited by Les 400 coups, Montreal, Canada
Contribution to Relations magazine, no 676, May
Large scenic painting commissioned for a show designed by Michel Crête and Franco Dragone for Céline Dion, Las Vegas, USA, 2003

2001
Guest speaker at Forum 2001 du 19e Symposium international de la nouvelle peinture au Canada, Baie-St-Paul (Q), Canada Set design for the play Le langue-à-langue des chiens de roche by Daniel Danis, directed by René-Richard Cyr at the Théâtre D’Aujourd’hui, Montreal, Canada

2000
Cher Ami etching selected by the Communications et Société association for its awards.

1999
Production of one of four coasters for the St-Ambroise Millenium Coaster Collection, limited edition, McAuslan Brewing inc., Montreal, Canada
1997
Guest artist, woodblock print workshop, Japanese Woodblock Center, Awaji Island, Japan
Guest speaker at the Montreal Print Collectors Society
Etching commissioned by the City of Montreal for its retiring employees

1996
Guest speaker at the etching symposium  : Les enjeux de l’estampe à l’aube du XXIe siècle and exhibition participant in L’art québécois de l’estampe, 1945-1990, Musée du Québec, Quebec, Canada Etching commissioned by the Montreal Urban Community Arts Council for its Grand Prix
Guest artist involved in the making of a film on Portrait in Contemporary Art, with Publivision and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

1993
Etching commissioned for Project 1% integration to architecture, CLSC La Petite Patrie, Montreal, Canada
Coproduction of an art book with Alex Magrini, Michel Goulet and Jean-Pierre Gilbert
1992
Scenography for the play La leçon d’anatomie by Larry Tremblay, directed by René-Richard Cyr at the Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui, Montreal, Canada

1991
Etching commissioned for the Rideau Prize

1987-88
Etching commissioned for Project 1% integration to architecture, Centre Anna-Laberge, Montreal, Canada
Peintre, je n’aurais rien à dire, art book produced in collaboration with Louis Gauthier, Presse de l’Atelier Circulaire, Montreal, Canada