My Vegetable Garden – Dan Brault

APRIL 29 – MAY 30 2021

As usual, Dan Brault offers us a very generous exhibition in which he synthesizes his pictorial concerns. The 41 works that make up this body of work are presented in five different media—paper, cardboard, aluminum panel, canvas and even Jacquard tapestry—and refer to different periods of his production as well as to the very process of his creation.

Evoking the sketchbook or the preparatory work, the series of drawings and the paintings on cardboard explore the subtle border between the work and the sketch. The works on aluminum panels, with their oval shape and transparent colours, remind us of the tempera period, while the large-format canvases are the natural evolution of his recent research. Finally, three works on Jacquard tapestry open his work to new adventures and promising perspectives.


Winter was calm, tardy and auspicious for germination. I caught a creative fever at the studio that transformed me into a paint gardener. Planting some small landscape paintings—here, a row of drawings, straight out of my sketchbooks—there and further still, a group of paintings that have always preoccupied my mind! Much like a vegetable garden overflowing with promises and life, I have painted with total freedom, forgetting notions of rigour and pertinence and opposing them to glibness and levity. Also, I felt like harvesting what my eagerness and my imagination had to offer. I let go of my garden so that the yield would become a surprise. And as the saying goes: “one cannot retain Spring in his garden…”

 – Dan Brault


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Dan Brault holds a BA in Fine Arts from Concordia University and a MA in Visual Arts from the Université Laval, and has exhibited his work at a number of venues including Neutral Ground (Regina, SK), the Centre des arts actuels SKOL (Montreal), Galerie Art-Image (Gatineau), Peak Gallery (Toronto), l’Œil de Poisson (Quebec City) and Le Lobe (Chicoutimi). He has taken part in the Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates as well as the Festival Cultural de Mayo in Guadalajara, Mexico. He was also featured in the book 100 Painters of Tomorrow published in London in 2014 by Thames & Hudson. His works are collected by the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, BMO Financial Group, the Desjardins Collection, Loto-Québec, the Musée d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul, the Fondation Colas as well as several private collectors in Canada, the United States and Europe.

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Ici Radio-Canada Télé – Téléjournal Québec – Valérie Cloutier: Mon potager, une réjouissante exposition de Dan Brault
Ici Radio-Canada Première – C’est encore mieux l’après midi –
 Anne-Josée Cameron: Anne-Josée nous parle de l’expo de Dan Brault « Le jardinier pétulant»
Le Soleil
– Josianne Desloges: L’atelier-jardin de Dan Brault