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IntroductionAndré Monet portrays the pop icons of our time in expressive, large-format collages. Not only does he capture our fascination with celebrity culture, but also the complexity of the stars’ individual personalities. Human, vulnerable, and exalted at the same time, these charismatic celebrities bring us under their spell.
The Canadian artist honours the late David Bowie with a portrait of unique intensity, stylishly embracing the music legend’s enigmatic aura. When selecting his subjects, Monet draws inspiration from the spirit of the times. For instance, he has created stunning portraits of Rihanna, Jay-Z, and celebrated actress Cate Blanchett.
In his incisive pop-art style, Monet reinterprets photographs in minutely detailed collages consisting of text and acrylics. The extreme contrast between light and shadow lends the faces a dramatic expressiveness. Carefully selected colour accents complete the compositions. The scraps of text, maps, and writing are not random; they are directly related to the subjects’ biographies and achievements.
In the 1980s, Monet studied art and graphic design in his hometown, Montreal. His work has since been exhibited in numerous galleries across the world. In 2011, he was commissioned to produce an image of Prince William and Princess Kate to commemorate their royal wedding. In his distinctive style, he combines handcrafted finesse and emotionality to produce glamorous portraits.
1965 Born in Montreal, Canada Studied Art and Graphic Design Lives and works in Montreal, CanadaExhibitions
2014 VIP, Galerie DeBellefeuille, Montreal, Canada 2011 Retrospective, Galerie Lydia Monaro, Montreal, Canada 2010 André Monet, Opera Gallery, New York, USA 2008 Brilliance of being, Thompson Landry Gallery, Toronto, Canada 2007 Caractères, Galerie Lydia Monaro, Montreal, Canada 2006 Mouvement de masse, Galerie Lydia Monaro, Montreal, Canada
2015 Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Miami, USA Context Art Miami, Miami, USA Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada Art Miami New York, New York, USA Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach, USA 2014 Impressions of Singapore, Opera Gallery, Singapore, Singapore The Great American Icons, Opera Gallery, Seoul, South Korea Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada Expo Chicago, Chicago, USA Art Show Busan, Busan, South Korea 2013 Nowness!, Art Walk and Opera Gallery, Cannes, France The many faces of David Bowie, Opera Gallery, London, UK Contemporary icons, Art Walk and Opera Gallery, Oslo, Norway Paris Match, une histoire de couvertures, Opera Gallery, Paris, France 2012 Visage, Opera gallery, Seoul, South Korea Nobody else but you, Opera Gallery, Singapore, Singapore I want to be loved by you, Opera Gallery, Paris, France 2011 Black and White, Opera Gallery, Seoul, South Korea André Monet vs Jean-François Larieux, Opera Galley, Hong Kong, China Nuit Rouge, Galerie Lydia Monaro, Montreal, Canada 2010 Small Sizes, Galerie Lydia Monaro, Montreal, Canada Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada Face à face, Opera Gallery, Paris, France Les nuits blanches, Galerie Lydia Monaro, Montreal, Canada 2009 X-mas exhibition, Galerie Lydia Monaro, Montreal, Canada 2006 Group Show, Thompson and Landry Gallery, Toronto, Canada