Galerie Nicolas Robert @ Papier 17
Current Exhibition :
Barry Allikas, Marcel Barbeau, Pierre Julien
April 8th to May 6th, 2017
Galerie Nicolas Robert is pleased to present the exhibition En marge, a collective exhibition with the works of Barry Allikas, Marcel Barbeau and Pierre Julien. En Marge proposes a dialogue between three generations that reflect the notion of boundary and limit in these bodies of works, divergent but complementary. If this theme is echoed in the production of each of the artists presented, their resonance is felt in a shared formal abstract and geometric aesthetic.
En Marge – Barry Allikas, Marcel Barbeau, Pierre Julien
Barry Allikas was born in Montreal, and studied Cinema at Dawson College. Shortly thereafter he began painting. His first solo show was in 1979, and since then he has exhibited across Canada, as well as in France, Germany, Mexico and New York. His works are in many important collections, including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée National du Québec, Hydro-Quebec, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, the National Bank of Canada and Giverny Capital. He currently lives and works in Montreal.
Born on February 18, 1925 in Montreal, Marcel Barbeau studied at the École du Meuble in Montreal, where he was introduced to modern art by his professor, the painter Paul-Émile Borduas. His work, both purified and expressive, belongs to the universe of baroque. It evolves rapidly and bears witness to a double Apollinian and Dionysian vision, in the words of Caroline Gagnon.
The question of abstraction is essential in the practice of the Montreal-based artist Pierre Julien. By creating fictitious spaces, although not figurative, his works question the fortuitous and unlikely encounters between graphic elements and colour combinations, thus generating curious, vibrant, and lyrical universes. On a coloured background are laid textured masses that seem weightless, moving away and detaching themselves from this intangible space. Acting as abstract portraits of surrounding elements, they oscillate through a microcosm of amalgams of surprising colors, participating in a fragile and energetic three-dimensionality.