Pauline Gagnon

Rosy

Rosy

52x52

Available

Erika

Erika

50x59

Available

Chimpanze

Chimpanze

84x42

Available

Roxanna

Roxanna

78x52

Available

Marie

Marie

66x40

Available

Quing

Quing

75x60

Available

Mode du Jour

Mode du Jour

74x52

Available

Madame Ducaucey de Nittis

Madame Ducaucey de Nittis

116x66

Available

Madame Moitessier

Madame Moitessier

112x58

Available

Angel

Angel

48x32

Available

Dominique

Dominique

40x40

Available

Sophie

Sophie

46x32

Available

Andrew

Andrew

46x35

Available

Dounia

Dounia

52x38

Available

Hvarska

Hvarska

54x40

Available

Alicia

Alicia

39x28

Available

Uma

Uma

72x40

Available

London

London

62x36

Available

Brigitte

Brigitte

86x56

Available

Kimberley

Kimberley

40x26

Available

Hakuko

Hakuko

44x30

Available

Kochou

Kochou

44x30

Available

Lylya

Lylya

60x40

Available

Tuyet

Tuyet

39x28

Available

The work in short

After having spent two decades in the non-figurative style, Pauline Gagnon has adopted the portrait as the major genre of her work. Her larger than life portraits include oriental and calligraphic signs.


Pauline Gagnon’s process is very specific. She first takes hundreds of pictures of her models, then goes on to work on her approach, her angle and structure. The artist explains: “ I do not paint from the model in a classical way, but I take a series of picture of him/her, one hundred, two hundred, which I reframe on the computer, I print a few copies that I enlarge to a square. A centimeter square of the photographs becomes ten centimeters square of the canvas. With this grid traced on the canvas as a guide, I paint with large strokes the face or the silhouette and then freed from the constraint of representation, I paint in between the lines”.


To paint the body, the face of another, brings beyond the apparent simplicity of the action, a number of questions. What kind of relationship is established between the painter and her model? What links them to one another? What is the place of Desire? Seduction? Why has the body been an unavoidable theme in the arts since the beginning of its time? Why is it still such a fascinating theme whichever medium is chosen today?


If the relationship between the model and the artist faces us with many questions, the relation with the observer is by the same token also to be defined.

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