Martin Bureau

Martin Bureau uses the mediums of painting, video installation, and documentary film to examine the intersection of art and politics. Inspired by world events, his work offers a candid and critical statement on the social, economic, and cultural issues that surround us.

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 Bureau’s pictorial work, inspired by painting achievements in art history, is based on powerful images encountered during his extensive travels (to Cuba, China, Israel, Ireland, and Palestine, among others). In his compositions combining drawing, painting, drawing, and transparency, extremes meet and evoke a sense of tension where aesthetic and conceptual concerns clash. Notions of colonialism, catastrophe, and entropy are recurring themes in his body of work.

Bureau’s works have been exhibited in both public and private collections, including those of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Santiago Museum of Contemporary Art (Chile), MAC VAL Museum (Paris), the World Expo in Shanghai (China), the Lacerte Gallery, L’Œil de poisson, as well as in Toronto at the Nicholas Metivier, Lonsdale, and Drabinsky galleries.

His documentary films have achieved international renown, winning awards at prestigious festivals in Toronto (Hot Docs), Saguenay (Regard), Quebec City (FCVQ), Montreal (RVCQ), London (Raindance), Vancouver (VLAFF), Chicago (CFF), Louisiana (Cinema on the Bayou), and Cannes (Short Film Corner).

His work is collected by: 

The Musée National des Beaux-arts du Québec, CPOA                     The Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent (Rivière-du-Loup)

The Musée d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul                              The Desjardins Collection

The National Assembly of Quebec                                                       Library and Archives Canada

The Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec                            Loto-Québec

SSQ Financial Group                                                                           The Canadian Institue of Quebec          

La collection SAJO                                                                               Montreal City

Quebec City                                                                                         Migros Klubschule

Bâle Suisse                                                                                            Summit Maritime

Greenfield Partners LTD                                                                      South Norwalk

And several corporate and private collection in Canada, the United States and Europe

Martin Bureau was born in St-Ubalde and lives and works in Quebec City.

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