“When God finished painting the Earth,
he cleaned off all his brushes in Sicily.”
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Gisèle Comtois Biography


 

Over time an artist develops by experimenting with different approaches ,media, techniques as well as ideas and themes.  Experience and sagacity allows the artist to weave together these disparate threads into a unifying vision.  After more than 40 years of exploration and perfecting her art, Gisele Comtois brings forth to us paintings of beautiful sophistication. The works become the delightful focus of any room, not by shocking or jolting the viewer, but by enveloping him or her with a serene and vibrant energy.  Building on the essential foundation of a strong composition Mme Comtois amplifies the effect with her shimmering palate.  Only a very accomplished artist can deploy such bold strokes of colour, weighing the value of each hue, each shade, all the while maintaining the balance and harmony of the composition.  This is a very difficult task, indeed, yet with Ms. Comtois expert hands it all seems so simple, so natural.

 

Born in St. Marc-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Gisele Comtois now lives in Burlington, Ontario. She has studied various aspects of fine arts at the Musee de Beaux Arts in Montreal, QC, Cambrian College in Sudbury, McMaster University in Hamilton and Sheridan College in Oakville.  Ms. Comtois has taught art at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ecole Ste-Marie in Oakville and Ecole St-Phillipe in Burlington.  Ms. Comtois' own work has also been the subject of academic study at Sheridan College.

 

The artist has taken countless sketching trips exploring the Gaspe coast, Charlevois County, the Laurentians, the Eastern Township in Quebec, the Maritimes, Northern Ontario, France, Italy, India, Egypt and South America.  We see the influence of their bold geometric forms in her compositions.  There is a majestic balance between the horizontal and the vertical lines as the whole work is flushed with striking colours inspired by these haunting contributors to the expansive Canadian landscape.





Selected Corporate Collections




Agilent Tech.
Agra Incorporated
Alfield Industry Ltd.
Allen and Phelan Law Firm
American Appraisal
Ariel Miller Designs
Atlantic World Export-Import      Co. Ltd.
Banco Bradesco, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Bank of Montreal
BCE Emergis
BMD Nesbitt-Burns
BRC Business Enterprises
C.C. Caisse
Canacord Corporation
Cantox Health Sciences
Charlton Medical
City of Mississauga
Clinique Capillaire Inc.
Crossford Consulting
Deacon Barclay’s de Zoete Webb Ltd.
Deloitte & Touche


Diversey Inc.
Dofasco Centre for the Arts, Hamilton
Dynatech Ltd.
Encon
Equion Group
Erindale Chiropractic Clinic
First Service Corporation
G. Edick & Sons
Granary Enterprises Inc.
Grant Hood
Heenan Blaikie
Hood Grand (First Media)
Jackson & Barnard
Japanese Trade Commissioner
Jeffrey Robinson Construction Inc.
Marathon Road Maintenance Equipment
Marlene Kretcham Holdings
Melhouse Group
Merrill Lynch
MHPM Project Management
Monsanto Canada Incorporated

Montreal Trust
OPSEU Pension Fund
Pfizer Global Pharmaceutical
Pharmacia-Upjohn
Procor Limited
Provident Co.
Seabury & Smith
Senate of Canada
Shared Health Network
Dr. Robert Summers Gill
Stephanie Smith Interiors
Sudbury Board of Education
Suncor Inc.
Terra Nova Insurance
Tom Thomson Memorial Fine Arts Museum
Toronto Rosedale Tennis Club
Udum Provident
Ventra Group
Versant Corp.
Volkswagen – Sao Paulo, Brazil





Awards

• Greeting Card Cover for the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children
• Greeting Card Cover for Cornerstone #52 Foundation
• Selected by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for the program “Espace Libre” (a full length segment in the nationally broadcast • “Espace Libre” art magazine of the CBC French language television network)
• Chosen to be included in the new art book “200 Visions Nouvelles” by Louis Bruens
• Book Cover - “Basic Sociology” Text Book by Prentice-Hall Publisher
• Click here to view or download a feature article about Gisèle, entitled "Portrait of a Perfectionist". (You'll need Acrobat Reader Free to view the file. Download it here.)
• Canadian Select Homes Magazine
• Conseil des Arts de l’Ontario
• VIsual Arts Grant, Ontario
• “Best in Show” - Central Ontario Art Association
• “Best in Show” - Museum & Art Centre, Laurentian University

Selected Group Exhibition


• Harbour Gallery, Mississauga
• River Coyote Gallery, Mississauga
• McNaught Galleries, Hamilton
• Ingram Gallery, Toronto
• Gallery on the Avenue, Toronto
• Laurentian University, Sudbury
• Hamilton Art Gallery
• Stockton Gallery, Unionville
• Win Henstock Gallery, Oakville
• Diana Paul Gallery, Calgary, AB
• Heritage Gallery, Kleinberg
• Ciparis/Lennox Gallery, Toronto
• Gallery 7, Toronto
• Schneider & Associates Gallery Ltd., Toronto
• Christin Gallery, Toronto
• Lourie Gallery, Toronto
• Scrimshaw Gallery, Oakville
• Burlington Art Centre, Burlington
• Bigue-Osler Galleries, Toronto
• Gustafson Galleries, Toronto
• Damkjar & Burton Gallery, Hamilton
• Alice Peck, Burlington
• The Art Gallery, Sudbury
• The Tom Thomson Memorial Gallery, Owen Sound
• Galerie Place Ville Marie, Montreal
• Stuart Hall, Pointe Claire
• Centre d'art Maisonneuve, Montreal

Solo Exhibitions


• Harbour Gallery, Mississauga
• Christin Gallery, Toronto
• McMaster University, Hamilton
• Galerie d'art centre francophone, Toronto
• Bigue-Osler, Toronto
• Alice Peck Gallery, Burlington
• Burlington Art Centre, Burl.
• Janrielle Gallery, Niagara Falls
• Burlington Central Library, Burl.
• The Artisan Gallery, Sudbury
• Rothman Centre, Sudbury
• The Tom Thomson Memorial Gallery, Owen Sound
• Galerie Place Ville Marie, Montreal
• Diana Paul Gallery, Calgary
• Laurentian University, Sudbury
• Gustafson Galleries, Toronto
• Win Henstock Gallery, Oakville




Gisèle Comtois - Canadian Painter | 586 Holly Hill Crescent, Burlington ON L7L 3Z1 Canada | Telephone: +1- 905-977-1397 or +1- 905-639-6438 | gcomtoisartiste@gmail.com
All works featured on this site are available and may be purchased through different galleries or through the artist.