I am inspired by universal themes ranging from human infrastructures in the way of natural environments to the complexity of the interpersonal relationships.
My artistic practice is based on reflection, concentration with a focus on architectural motifs and geometric design.
I position the elements of space and structure on the canvas in a dance of color and form, consequently documenting the grandeur of both.
I'm presenting these forces as opposing and complementary, simultaneously. There is no judgment made; the viewer is compelled to contemplate tensions created between Nature and humankind.
Michel Saint Hilaire
Winnipeg, Manitoba (1972)
Michel Saint Hilaire is a self-taught artist, who began working mostly with pencil. After 2 years of formal education in the Fine Arts Diploma Program at the University of Manitoba he started creating work using both paint and dry mediums on one surface.
Michel has had solo and group exhibitions in diverse cities in several commercial galleries in western Canada. The most recent exhibition is currently being shown at Elevation Gallery in Canmore, Alberta. He also had a solo exhibition at the contemporary artist run center La Maison Des Artistes entitled Horizon in 2009 and an exhibition entitled Transitions in 2006 at “La Galerie” in the Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre in Winnipeg.
For several years he has created diverse large-scale murals throughout the city of Winnipeg. His paintings are part of various collections: private and corporate, including the Province of Manitoba, Investors Group and Manitoba Hydro.
Recently Saint Hilaire took part in a residency in Moncton, New Brunswick where he experimented on his theme for his upcoming exhibition in January of 2017 at the Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre, in Saint-Boniface, Winnipeg. The exhibition entitled Faces will showcase an array of portraiture work along with some figurative paintings. All of the works are mixed media and are based on some well-known artists from Winnipeg such as Freya Olafson, Melanie Rocan and Dominique Rey. Some international faces are also captured such as the newly discovered photographer, Vivian Maier from Chicago.
2017 - Faces, La Galerie, The French Cultural Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba | Curators Emilie Lemay & Kevin Kelly
2016 - Construct, Rouge Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan | Curator Wanda Underhill
2015 - Structured Vision, Diana Paul Galleries, Calgary, Alberta | Curator Nina Rogers
2014 - void gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan | Curator Michael Peterson
2014 - Borders, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba | Curator Sherri Van Went
2013 - City, Birchwood Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba | Curator Carole Solmundson
2009 - Horizon, French Cultural Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba | Curator Annie Langlois
2006 - Transitions, La Maison des Artistes, Winnipeg, Manitoba | Curator Brigitte Dion
2015 - Fait Maison, Maison des Artistes, Winnipeg, Manitoba | Curator Eric Lesage
2015 - Soul Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba | Curator Julie Walsh
2008 - Connect, Cre8ery, Winnipeg, Manitoba | Curator Michel Saint Hilaire
2006 - Mouvance, La Maison Des Artistes, Winnipeg, Manitoba | Curator Dominique Rey
2005 - The Man Show, Galerie Cream, Winnipeg, Manitoba | Curator Kegan McFadden
2004 - From Winnipeg With Love, Galerie Annex, Winnipeg, Manitoba | Curator Kegan McFadden
2004 - Noir et Blanc, La Maison Des Artistes, Winnipeg, Manitoba | Curator Marie Bouchard
2003 - Franco Funkie, La Maison Des Artistes, Winnipeg, Manitoba | Curator Gaétane Sylvester
2016 - Visages, Moncton, New Brunswick
2006 - Mouvance, Saint Jean Sur Richelieu, Québec
2016-2017 - Nott Autocorp
2011 to 2015 - Province of Manitoba
2014 - Investors Group
1990 to 2013 - Private Canadian Collections
2011 to 2013 - Province of Manitoba
2011 - Akman A and Son Ltd.
2010 - Manitoba Hydro
2009 - Mural Art Volume 2, Greece, Publicat, Kiriakos Losifidis
2004 - Brick to Brick, Flesh to Flesh, publications by As We Try And Sleep Press
1991 to1993 - Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Manitoba
2015 to 2017 - Bilingual Program Facilitator, Winnipeg Art Gallery
2004 to 2017 - Art Instructor, Forum Art Institute
2014 to 2016 - Host, Canadian Museum for Human Rights
2007 to 2009 - Instructor, LTTA(Learning Through The Arts), Winnipeg School Division