When art meets science

Patrick Duchesneau
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In his exhibit at the Vanier Cultural Centre, artist painter Sébastien Gaudette presents works characterised by the sciences.

CHÂTEAUGUAY – For the whole month of September, the Vanier Cultural Centre of Châteauguay will welcome artist painter Sébastien Gaudette in its gallery.

It is the artist’s second exhibit in Châteauguay this summer; he exhibited his works at Maison LePailleur in July with Quebec’s history as theme.

This time, Sébastien Gaudette is showing works that reflect a duality between the arts and sciences. “I always liked playing with contrasts on my canvasses - the real and unreal, joy and sadness”, explained Mr. Gaudette. Several of the artist’s canvasses illustrate the symbiosis between Biology and Mechanics. “My father had heart surgery. It fascinates me that mechanical components today help his heart function properly”, Mr. Gaudette said.

The artist’s father certainly appreciates this tribute. Definitely feels like velvet”, admitted André Gaudette, radiant as he attended the exhibit. “ Sébastien is becoming more and more impressive. He developed his talent on his own. I don’t draw, nor does his mother”, said Mr. Gaudette, saying he had some doubts when his son told him he wanted to pursue a career in the arts. These doubts however quickly dissipated when the former building illustrator started to earn a living with his paintings.

Spirit in mosaic

When visitors enter the gallery of the Vanier Cultural Centre, the first work of Sébastien Gaudette that attracts their attention is the mosaic of 315 small sketches. “The drafts were designed based on my ideas and on my research”, explained the artist who confirmed owning about 500. Many of them highlight scientific elements and mathematical equations. “It’s very de-constructed, indeed it’s chaotic overall, but that’s the desired effect”, the painter pointed out.

The self-learning artist is getting ready to enrol at the University of Quebec in Montréal to study visual and media arts, and hopes to continue traveling in Quebec in line with his artistic works; and perhaps, penetrate the American market in the coming years.

The public can visit the exhibit at the Vanier Cultural Centre until September 27.

Organisations: Vanier Cultural Centre of Châteauguay will welcome artist painter Sébastien Gaudette, Maison LePailleur, University of Quebec

Lieux géographiques: Montréal, Quebec

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