Josée St-Amant is an artist based in Montreal, a remarkable talent who creates art that is packed with emotion, life and memories. I was introduced to Josée’s work when shown a painting that was part of her Alzheimer collection. As someone who has experienced first hand the effects that dementia can cause, both to the sufferers and the family and friends of those connected, her paintings really struck a chord with me. A contemporary expressionist artist producing realism work that often displays a classical leaning. I was captivated by the expression and Josée’s ability to depict feelings, the sadness, the anguish, the sentiment and her ability to emphasise. This is work that is profound in both meaning and interpretation, work that needs to be lingered upon. Figurative studies that embrace a moment, capturing the essence of time, I adore the work that Josée produces. In a post I could only show a sample of Josée’s magnificent work, please take time to view her art, the nudes, the landscapes, the expressionism, so many themes but all with the same powerful impact.
Self taught or art school?
3 years at the Académie des Beaux Arts de Montreal (part time, 9hrs/week). Lots of workshops at ‘The Art Student League of New York. And a 2 weeks stage in France last summer. I also have a degree in computer Science.
If you could own one work of art what would it be?
One of Monet’s water lilies, so beautiful, so quiet, so intense…so everything!
How would you describe your style?
I’m a contemporary artist, socially engaged. I would consider my style expressive/realist.
What are your favourite places to view art?
Definitively the MOMA in New York! The very first time I entered in the Monet room… I just collapsed on the bench crying….so powerful! It made me realize that painting should be about emotion and nothing else! When I think about it, I still feel it!
Who are your favourite artists and why?
All the old Masters, I especially like to look at their drawings and sketchings, I try to understand their driving motion. More recently, I’m totally amazed with the new artists generation like John David Kassan, Jason Yarmosky. I truly think intelligence and sensibility are the most important talents for a modern artist.
What or who inspires your art?
Life! Traveling always inspires me. People, all the people I meet! All the books I read! All the paintings and drawings I see! Everything!
Where’s your studio and what’s it like?
I’m a very out of the ordinary artist, I need to have a very organized workplace, in fact I need an extremely clean place. I don’t have enough patience to look around for stuff and really have too bad of a memory to remember where I put everything…so I store everything logically. I live in the country and my studio is in town, I like this balance in my life. My studio is in an old factory in Montreal. Atelier Galerie – 305 Bellechasse Est, suite 208, Montréal.
Do you have any studio rituals?
I like a glass of wine when I paint.
What are you working on currently?
I just finished a big and very emotional project about Alzheimer. I think I will recover from it with a long period of drawing. I recently took a SilverPoint class and I really liked it. Drawing gives me so much joy.
Where can we buy your art?
I’ll be at the FIMA (Festival International Montreal en Art, www.festivaldesarts.org ) for 5 days, June 11 to June 15. From my website you can email me and I’ll be happy to open my studio for you.
What are your ambitions?
Follow my heart, painting my emotion… and maybe touch your heart!