Upcoming exhibitions / events
- 30 MARS 2019 /// Jaeborn @festivalinternationaldufilmsurlart
- 25- 28 AVR 2019 - Papier Contemporary Art Fair - Montreal
- 12 SEP - 17 NOV 2019 - Solo exhibition, Galerie Youn (Fall 2019) - Montreal
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 fake 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 is preparing his first solo exhibition at the Youn Gallery. (SEP 12- NOV 17, 2019)
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.
2006 Bachelor of Fine Arts (with distinction), Concordia University, Montreal
SELECTED ONE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2019 The Planet KRAG Galerie Youn, Montreal (SEP 12 - NOV 17, 2019)
2018 Lunae Lumen, Collège de Maisonneuve, Montreal
2017 L'Autre Versant, Galerie Marc Gosselin, Montreal
2017 Franchir le Cap, Galerie Carte Blanche, Montreal
2017 Myocarde, Collège de Maisonneuve, Montreal
2016 Mille Milliards, Galerie Carte Blanche, Montreal
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 Papier, Art Fair, Montreal (APRIL, 2019)
2018 Black & noir, Galerie Youn, Montreal
2018 Seattle Art Fair, Seattle, USA
2018 6th Anniversary Exhibiton, Youn Gallery, Montreal
2018 Performance, Le Livart, Montreal
2018 Artsida8, Exhibition and Auction, Place des Arts, Montreal
2017 Transformation, Le Livart, Montreal
2017 L’Intemporalité du corps, Le Livart, Montreal
2006 Ghosts of things that are : recent work by five Montréal painters: Guillaume Cloutier, Allison Freeman, Ufuk Gueray, Benjamin Klein, Erica Mendritzki. Lambton Gallery, Sarnia, Ontario. Curator : David G. Taylor.
Cedrom-SNI inc./Cision Canada
Leblond & Knobel SENC
2006 Cecil Buller - John J.A. Murphy Award in drawing
2019 JAEBORN BY NUMBERS (artworks for the film)
Short film - fiction / documentary - 22 min
Director : Roger Gariépy
2018 Contre-jour, Cahiers littéraires, no. 44 (artworks for issue no.44)
2006 Ghosts of Things that are (exhibition catalogue) by David G. Taylor & Gallery Lambton, essay by Leopold Plotek
RESIDENCIES / DEVELOPPEMENT
2018 Studio time with Harold Klunder, Visual Arts Centre, Westmount