Martin Blanchet
MARTIN BLANCHET

BIOGRAPHY

Born 1972 in St-Emile-de-Suffolk, Québec, Canada.

“Painting is the means by which I fulfill my eternal need to capture the ephemeral, to preserve what makes me dream: relative beauty!” – Martin Blanchet

Martin Blanchet is a self-taught painter who has trained with painters Louis Boekhout and Louis Robichaud. Inspired by nature and wildlife, Blanchet sketches “en plein air” in the natural environment. His atmospheric treatment of the landscape through soft and visible brush marks accurately capture his three-dimensional environment on canvas. Both his painterly style and choice of subject matter, pastoral landscapes and scenes of industrialization are reminiscent of the Realist and early Impressionist artists of the 1800s who were stimulated by the modernization of Europe’s capital cities to capture the sensation of modernity through hurried brushstrokes and scenes of everyday life.

“By not looking for a style, Martin Blanchet found his own. Integrity and honesty, along with his boundless love for his land, allow him to paint just like he breathes. Like the old masters, many say. I think they’re right, if this means his qualities are those of the Greats. But his painting is definitely current. In these times of major planetary decisions, Nature needs ambassadors more than ever before, and I cant think of anyone better suited.” – Jean-Louis Courteau, “Martin Blanchet: Saisir l’invisible,” (2008), 39.

EDUCATION
1990 Apprenticeship with realist painter Louis Roubichaud
1989 Graphic Arts, Algonquin College, Ottawa, ON
1984-88 Training in drawing, watercolour and painting with Dutch painter Louis Boekhout

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2011 "A Moment in Time", Canadian Fine Arts Gallery, Toronto, ON
Balcon d'Art Gallery, St-Lambert, QC
2008 Michel Bigué Art Gallery, St-Sauveur, QC
2007 Balcon d'Art Gallery, St-Lambert, QC
2005 "Moods of the Forest", Canadian Fine Arts Gallery, Toronto, ON
2004 "Plein feux sur l'oeuvre de Martin Blanchet" exhibition, Balcon d'art Gallery, St-Lambert, QC
2002 Canadian Fine Arts Gallery, Toronto, ON
Chrysalis Art Gallery, Southampton, NY
2001 Small size oil sketch exhibition, Michel Bigué Art Gallery, St-Sauveur, QC
1998 Michel Bigué Art Gallery, St-Sauveur, QC
1996 Le Portal Art Gallery, Québec City, QC
1995 Raymer Art Gallery, Nepean, ON

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2008 Bleu, blanc... neige, Galerie Eve Fontaine, St-Hyacinthe, QC
2002 State of the Art Gallery
2000 Spring Celebration, Le Balcon d’Art, St-Lambert, QC
1998 Expo "Femme-plus", Montreal Galerie Christin, Toronto
1997-94 Westmount Gallery, Toronto
1995 Musée Marc-Aurèle Fortin, “La fête des fleurs”
1994 Biennial Salon, Roussillon-Vallée du Rhône, France
Salon des Grands Crus de l'Art International, Burgundy, France
1993 L'Art et la Nature, Québec, QC
1989 Musée Marc-Aurèle Fortin, “Les femmes peintres du Québec”
1988 Galerie M. 29, Geneva, Switzerland
Musée du Saguenay
1988-86 Les Femmeuses Pratt & Whitney, Longueuil
1987-86 Galerie McIntosh, London, Ontario
Galerie McMaster, Hamilton, ON
Maison Hart, Toronto University, Toronto, ON
Université Laurentienne Centre d’arts et Musée, Sudbery, ON
1986 Art Expo California, Los Angeles
1986-84 Art Expo New York, New York
Salon International des Galeries d'art, Montréal

HONORS & AWARDS
1992 Honorable Mention, Figurative category, Aix-en-Provence, France
1991 Special Mention, Hyperrealism category, Lachamp, France
1991 Second Prize, Animal Painters category, Mirabel, Québec

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Fond de Solidarité des travailleurs du Québec
Maison du Québec, Paris
Les Assurages La Capitale, Drummondville, QC
Maison du Québec à Paris, France
Merck Frost Canada, Montréal, QC
Banque Nationale du Canada, Montréal, QC
Canimex, Drummondville, QC
L'Office du Tourisme du Québec, Montréal, QC
FTQ, Montréal, QC
Fondation Verrier, Drummondville, QC
Pépin Assurances, Drummondville, QC
Ordre des Ingenieurs du Québec, Montréal, QC
Verrier Paquin Hébert comptables, Drummondville, QC
Strategies Financières Globales, Drummondville, QC
Bombardier, Montréal, QC
RBC Dominion Securities, Calgary, AB