GUILLAUME KLOOTIER (1982-) is a contemporary artist and painter based in Montreal.
He graduated with distinction from Concordia University's Visual Arts Program. On his final year, he won the Cecil Buller - John J.A. Murphy Scholarship in Drawing.
In recent years, he exhibited at Seattle Art Fair, Papier Art Fair, and several other group exhibitions in Quebec.
In 2018, literary journal Contre-Jour published his work alongside the work of poet Benoît Jutras (issue No.44).
G. Klootier painted the artworks for Jaeborn by Number, a mock documentary about the excess of the contemporary art market. Directed by Roger Gariepy, the film had its Premiere at the 37th International Festival of Films on Art in Montreal (MAR 2019).
G. Klootier presents his second solo exhibition at Galerie Youn from November 21 to December 23, 2020.
about my work
My art comes from the need to go back to the essential questions. It allows me to think outside productivism.
Through painting, I can envision the world as a whole and see the commonalities of the past, present and future. It is like looking at the stars and feeling the human condition, in that it is overwhelming, grandiose and inexplicable.
I like to juxtapose contrasts, much like yin and yang: to represent in the same image the components of an opposite but complementary duality: strength-fragility, growth-degeneration, movement-immobility, hope-despair, tenderness-violence, empathy-selfishness, feminine-masculine, life-death, etc.
The figure and the body in action are central motives in my work. They are a means of visually expressing inner thoughts, emotions, and metaphysical questions.
More than anything, I want to expose the ability of the individual and society to overcome disruptive events and to cope with moments of uncertainty and intense change. My paintings invite us to rediscover meaning and continuity in what seems irreconcilable or broken.
Cronos - Galerie Youn - Montreal
The spirit of togetherness - Galerie Youn- MONTReAL
galerie youn@papier art fair -montreal
septembre - novembre 2019