About Chantal Julien
Originally from Donnacona, Chantal Julien lives and works in Sherbrooke in the Eastern Townships. Her interest in the visual arts begins very early. Mainly self-taught, she participates in professional development workshops and obtains a certificate in visual arts at the University of Sherbrooke.
She is invited to prestigious symposium and exhibitions, in particular Sakai and Kyoto, Japan and Monastir, Tunisia. She receives several awards and scholarships including twice the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. Her works are part of many public and private collections in Canada, including Loto-Québec and Sherbrooke City, the United States, Europe and Japan.
She is a member of the Institute of Representative Arts (IAF) and the coalition of artists in visual arts of Quebec (RAAV), member of OPA (Oil Painters of America), AWA (American Women Artists) and SCA (Society of Canadian Artists). She has been published, since1996, in the Biennial Directory of Canadian artists in galleries of Magazin'art. An article on her work appeared in the journal Magazin'art spring 2011.
She is permanently represented in the following galleries: Harrison (Vancouver), René Richard(Baie St-Paul), Pierre Séguin (Île Perrot), Vigneault (Repentigny).
"Through my work, I want to identify and convey the emotional impression I feel about a subject. I paint in oil for its rich colours and creamy texture. The process to produce the effect that I covet is very gestural but controlled.
I am passionate about painting landscapes in all seasons, wetlands, flowers and cityscapes.
My paintings are intended expressionist, with textured brushstrokes that draw the focus where I want to lead the viewer. They are imprints of atmospheres, sometimes dramatic, where the pictorial quality tends to the semi-abstract to create an impression of the subject, leaving to the viewer his share of dreams."