Renée Duval lives and works in Montreal. Born in British Columbia, she graduated with Honors from Emily Carr College of Art (1986) and completed an M.F.A. at Corcordia University in Montreal. (1991) Her work has been exhibited across Canada and she has participated in exhibitions in the United States and France. Her work can be found in numerous public as well as private collections and she has received several grants from both the Canada Council for the Arts as well as the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec. Renée's work was included in the publications Carte Blanche Vol 2-Painting (2008) and The RBC Painting Competition:10 years (2008).
I find that in the painting process the image undergoes a mutation that results in an image of a tree that looks neither fully natural nor unnatural. It looks somewhat hallucinatory –simultaneously quotidian and supernatural –both "tree" and "not tree". I also try to underscore this effect by painting the images life-size so they have a physical presence similar to that of an actual tree and by depicting them in "natural" light.
With the Gods and Monsters series I took a major element from my previous paintings (trees) and headed into new territory by emphasizing the more surreal or preternatural aspects of my work. I have made ten finished paintings in this "pantheon" of tree/creatures.
1991 - M.F.A. Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
1986 - Fine Arts Diploma (with honours), Emily Carr College of Art and Design. B.C
Solo and Duo Exhibitions:
2010 - Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, Alberta (solo)
2008 - Galerie Art Mer, Montreal, Quebec (solo)
2008 - Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, Alberta (solo)
2007 - Angell Gallery, Toronto, Ontario. (solo)
2006 - Galerie Art Mer, Montreal, Qu?bec (solo)
2004 - Galerie Art Mer, Montreal, Qu?bec. (solo)
2002 - Maison de la Culture Plateau-Mont-Royal, Montreal, Quebec. (solo)
1998 - Eastern Edge Gallery, St-John's Newfoundland. (duo)
1997 - Galerie D'Art D'Outremont, Montreal,Quebec . (duo)
1996 - Eyelevel Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia. (solo)
1995 - Galerie Occurrence, Montreal, Quebec. (duo)
1994 - Galerie 89, Montreal, Quebec.(solo)
1994 - Galerie DeArt Lionel Groulx, Ste-Therese, Quebec. (solo)
2009 - Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
2007 - HK Summer 07 Group Show, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, AB 2006 - Summer Group Show, Angell Gallery, Toronto
2006 - Pictoral Navigations, Maison de la Culture Marie-Uguay, Montreal
2006 - Les Femmeuses, Longueuil, Quebec
2005 - A Group of Seven, Canadian Embassy, Washington, D.C.
2005 - ArtView, Washington City Museum, Washington, D.C.
2005 - Les Femmeuses, Longueuil, Quebec
2004 - Les Femmeuses, Longueuil, Quebec
2003 - La peinture figurative contemporaine, Art Mer, Montreal, Quebec.
2003 - Vues de paysages, Galerie McClure Montreal, Quebec
2002 - Du Quebec a Marseille, Artena, Marseille, France
2002 - Invitation au voyage, Maison de la Culture Frontenac, Montreal.
2002 - Geographies, Centre DeExposition de Baie-St-Paul, Qu?bec.
2001 - Filiation part la peinture, Galerie Madeleine Lacerte, Quebec, Quebec.
2001 - Galerie S. Douglas Montreal, Quebec.
2000 - Passart, Centre DeExposition Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec
1996 - Vues Recombin', McClure Gallery, Montreal, Quebec.
1995 - Lush, Galerie Articule, Montreal, Quebec.
Grants and Awards:
2008 - Travel Grant, The Canada Council for the Arts
2007 - Travel Grant, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec.
2004 - Travel Grant, The Canada Council for the Arts.
2000 - Artistic Practice Grant, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec.
1999 - Creation/Production Grant, The Canada Council for the Arts
1998 - Creation/Production Grant, The Canada Council for the Arts
1998 - Travel Grant The Canada Council for the Arts
1997 - Artistic Practice Grant, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec.
1996 - Artistic Practice Grant, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec.
1994 - Artistic Practice Grant, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec
1993 - Artistic Practice Grant, Minist¨re de la Culture du Quebec.
1993- Present - Painting and Drawing Instructor, Visual Arts Centre, Montreal.
1997- Present - Exhibitions Director/Gallery Committee Member, Galerie McClure, Montreal.
2006 - Curator. PICTORAL NAVIGATIONS exhibition, Maison de la Culture Marie-Uguay, Montreal.
2005 - Jury Member, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec.
2005 - Artist in residence,Gros Morne Artists in Residence Program, Newfoundland.
2004 - Artist in Residence, Sagamie Artist's Residency, Alma, Quebec
2004 - Artist in Residence.Pouch Cove Residencies for Artists Program, Newfoundland.
2004 - Selection committee member, Centre d?exposition des Gouverneurs, Sorrel, Quebec,
2002 - Curator, SYNCOPATION exhibition. McClure Gallery, Montreal, Quebec.
2001 - Selected Artist, 19ieme Symposium de la Nouvelle Peinture au Canada, Baie-St-Paul, Quebec.
1997 - Jury Member. Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Qu?bec.
1997 - Curator, PANORAMA exhibition. McClure Gallery, Montreal, Quebec.
Reviews and Catalogues:
2008 - Carte Blanche Vol 2 -Painting. Magenta publishing for the Arts
2008 - RBC Canadian Painting Competition: 10 Years
2006 - Voir, April 13, by Nicholas Mavrikakis
2006 - Une Euphorie Ordinaire, exhibition brochure, text by M?lanie Rainville
2006 - Pictoral Navigations exhibition catalogue
2006 - Les Femmeuses, exhibition catalogue
2005 - Washington Post, Aug 18, by Jessica Dawson
2005 - Washington Times, Aug 20, by Joanna Shaw Eagle
2005 - Les Femmeuses, exhibition catalogue
2004 - Le Devoir, Montreal, review by Michel Hellmann, March 14.
2004 - La Presse, Montreal, review by Jerme Delgado, March 11.
2004 - Les Femmeuses, exhibition catalogue
2003 - Vues de Paysages, exhibition catalogue, text by Hedwidge Asselin.
2002 - COTE ARTS (automne) Galerie Artena, du Quebec a Marseille par Jaques Lucchesi.
2002 - La peinture: Majest de Baie-St-Paul television documentary by TOUT ECRAN
2002 - Invitation au Voyages exhibition catalogue
2001 - VIE DES ARTS, automne , par Jules Arbec
2001 - The New Canadian Painting Competition, catalogue of finalists
2001 - VIE DES ARTS, printemps, catalogue for 19TH SYMPOSIUM DE LA NOUVELLE PEINTURE AU CANADA,
2001 - MONTREAL MIRROR review by Eve MacLauren
2000 - PASSART PASSAGE
1999-2000 - exhibition catalogue
1995 - LE DEVOIR, 11 Juin, par Jennifer Cou'lle.
1995 - VOIR, 8 Juin par Stephane Aquin.
1995 - Une Critique de la representation exhibition catalogue by Anne Benichou
Canada Council Art Bank
Centre DeExposition Baie-St-Paul Collection
Europe Best Corporate Collection
Gildan Corporate Collection
Royal Bank of Canada Collection