7 facts about Serge Lemoyne

By Gwylym Owen

Serge Lemoyne (June 13, 1941 – July 12, 1998) was a Canadian performer from Quebec. He worked as a perform artist as well as creating paintings, assemblages and prints.

Lemoyne studied at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal from 1958 to 1960. He cited as into the future influences Les Automatistes and the Plasticiens.

Lemoyne had a collaborative contact to making art, seeking active assimilation between artwork, audience and the artist. He helped found L’Horloge du Nouvel-Age in 1964 taking into account Claude Péloquin, Yves Hébert and Jean Gauguet-Larouche and a year later, Le Zirmate. Both groups held endeavors combining music, poetry, dance and visual effects to create happenings.

Popular culture was a significant subject of his work—he devoted ten years to exploring hockey. bleu, blanc, rouge is a honor to the Montreal Canadiens whose uniforms are these colors. Blue, white and red are moreover the colours found in the flags of France and the United Kingdom—the two language heritages that both join and divide Canada. Perhaps Lemoyne’s best-known do its stuff is Dryden, an understated portrait of the goalie mask belonging to Montreal Canadiens star goaltender Ken Dryden.

A 2001 exhibition organized by Musée régional de Rimouski, Greg Curnoe, Serge Lemoyne : deux nationalismes? paired the francophone Lemoyne’s body of take action with that of the anglophone Greg Curnoe.

In 2008—ten years after the artist’s death, the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke (Sherbrooke) organized Salut Lemoyne! an exhibition of deed by Lemoyne together afterward the works of extra Quebec artists following whom he was associated, including Armand Vaillancourt, Pierre Gauvreau, Janine Carreau, Hélène Goulet, Reynald Connolly, Cozic, François Gauthier, Gilles Boisvert, and Serge Tousignant.

Art contemporain en fin de siècle (1994), produced by Jacques Larré, profiled Lemoyne, as capably as the photographer Geneviève Cadieux and the player and architect Melvin Chaney.Lemoyne : documentaire sur la vie et l’oeuvre du peintre Serge Lemoyne (2005) examines Lemoyne’s gain permission to to creating art through personal videos, television archives and interviews with his peers, Claude Péloquin, Marcel Saint-Pierre and Claude Jasmin.

The commemorative envelope for the postage stamp to celebrate the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts issued by Canada Post on September 26, 2011 features a ration of Lemoyne’s work Dryden (1975).

Lemoyne was born on 13 June 1941 in Acton Vale, Quebec. He died upon 12 July 1998 in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec.

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