Maryline Lemaitre ‘ Less sugar than a candy bar…’ Canada

February 4, 2018 by Laura Gomez


Maryline Lemaitre
was born in France and lived in Asia for nine years before moving to Canada in 2001.

In her paintings she accumulates layers of materials, then glues, scratches, removes, returns, delivers, controls and flattens, chants a memorandum to the pallet or stencil. These elements are re-visited in large brush strokes or with old credit cards until she achieves the pictorial density that is her signature. It is an intuitive process inspired by a picture, a pattern, some words or a special piece of old original writing which could be the key to define a theme, and begin a series. Topics vary over time because they are inspired by her everyday life, by her memory, or are the expression of her unconscious.

Her work is part of many corporate and private collections in Us, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai.

Assurance Allianz, Munich, Germany
Les marchés Métro
Fiducie Desjardins
Groupe Messier
Merill lynch Canada
Mercuri International Canada
UBS gestion globale
Reebook Canada
Psp Investissement
Bank Nova Scotia
Restaurant Coco-Cannelle, Nantes, France
Cirque du Soleil

Maryline Lemaitre has participated in a lot of solo and group shows around the world. Her paintings are part of the Cirque du soleil collection and of many corporate and private collections in the US, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Singapour and Shanghai. Her works have also been used as cover illustrations for two books published in Canada.

Artist lnterview:

Name: Maryline Lemaitre
Age: Time flies…
Birthday: March 17th
College: French literature in France, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. Personal experimentation and Life were the best teachers !

Colours: Orange
Books: Lots of them ! But a special thanks to Julia Cameron and her book « The artist’s way » (25 years later, I am still writing my morning pages almost every morning !)

Movie: My choice today would be the french movie « Intouchables » (Funny and touching at the same time… and a true story )
Food: Fresh, colorful and healthy !
Quote: Not all of us can do great things, but we can all do small things with great love. Mother Teresa

For how long have been in art? How did you start?
I took my first Art course in Hong Kong in 1994. Before that time, I had never thought of becoming an artist but when I started to experiment by myself, I could not stop…

How would you define yourself as an artist?
I am a mixed media artist using my hands and a lot of other tools.

Would you tell us some things about yourself? Please include a few little known facts about you as well.
Born in France, lived for 10 years in Hong Kong and Singapore, moved in Canada in 2001. Married to the same man since 1981, 3 sons, 2 daughters-in-law, 1 grand daughter, 1 dog, 1
cat. Like to move very often to give me the opportunity to make a new interior design each time !!!

Where do you find inspiration?
In my everyday life… Vintage pictures find in old book, flea markets or family albums, the words of a song or the reading of a book, a bird’s song during my morning walk, inspiration from fashion, from other artist’s work or an idea coming from nowhere…

What are you trying to communicate with your art?
I noticed in my life that my happiness is defined by small things, particular moments as my brain focuses on an object or another, that event or this one … When I look at a work of art it’s the same thing, I need to approach and see on the surface elements that appear to me particularly beautiful or touching or poetic or make me smile … It is this feeling that I
will like to communicate in my work. this little gift that we make ourselves in the discovery of beauty…

Why do you do … what you do?
Because it make me happy !!

What does “being creative” mean to you?
Being awake and attentive at how every moment could be an opportunity for magic !

Any shows, galleries, or publications where our readers can find your work?
At the moment, you can see my work :
– in Montréal, Québec, soon Toronto- Canada at Galerie Beauchamp
– in Ottawa- Canada at StLaurent+hill gallery
– in Bromont – Canada and in several art fairs around the world with Artêria gallery
– (in 2017, Hong Kong, New York, London, Miami)
– in Houston- USA at Koelsch Gallery

How do you cultivate a collector base?
I try to update my website on a regular basis –
same for my Facebook page :
and mostly everyday some news from the studio on my instagram :
And I trust the galleries that work with me for the rest…

Which is your most cherished piece?
The next one ! But I should admit I have a few artworks in my home that I keep for sentimental reasons.

If you had an exclusive collective exhibition with other artists work, who would you choose?
I will love to have the opportunity to make one over-size painting in a huge space to match with one giant installation of Wolfgang Laib and his sacred art.

What do you see as the strengths of your pieces, visually or conceptually?
The layers and small details on the surface, the textures and the childlike atmosphere…

What aspect of your work do you pay particular attention to?
Composition and colors and the quality of the surface with an aging process…

What role does the artist have in society?
I think, like Georgia O’Keeffe :Art is..« Filling a space in a beautiful way.«

What is your most treasured memory?
My most treasured memories are all human related. Wonderful experiences and magic moments with my family during travel all around the world.

What for you is the most enjoyable part of your art?
Being alone in my « little bubble » and doing what I love to do on my own agenda with my own rythme is a blessing !

What famous artists have influenced you, and how?
The « spots » of Damien Hirst, the colors of Rothko, the mixed medias of Robert Rauschenberg, the expressionism of Cy Twombly, the minimalism of Agnès Martin, the paper cut out and glue of Henri Matisse, the freedom of Jean-Michel Basquiat to name a few…

What other interests do you have outside of art?
I like to spend quality time with my favorite humans – this includes a dog ! And…Reading, writing, dreaming, meditation, walk in natures, yoga, cinema, cooking, travels…

Some short questions now:

more colours: white, black, pink, red, yellow

Textures: layers and layers and layers, fresco style… And Velvet !

Define your art : Less sugar than a candy bar…

Art Fairs: Like them all… No restriction to walk around art…

Museums: Chaplin’s world in Switzerland. Fun !

Cities: Paris of course ! And Montreal !!

Travels:I was lucky to travel a lot especially in Asia but there is so much more to see! Costa Rica is one of my favourite destination at the moment!

Mobile App: Instagram, pinterest

How would your life change if you were no longer allowed to create art?
We can all use creativity in every domain of our life so I think I will find another topic ! Cooking maybe

Which of your projects has given you the most satisfaction?
My sons = my masterpieces !

Who are the writer’s you admire the most?
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Stefan Zweig, Françoise Sagan as classical authors. Guillaume Musso, Marc Levy, Agnès Martin-Lugand as contemporary authors.

What about architects and designers?
I love Frank Lloyd Wright for his philosophy of building houses in harmony with nature. And also the so talented Le Corbusier who was un pioneer in moderne architecture.
Stella Mccartney for ethic fashion.

What else are you working on at the moment? Next projects?
My next project has something to do with palimpsest and portrait !

Share something you would like the world to know about you?
my art is my favorite medium to express myself !

Define ‘Klassik International’ and MEDIA NEWS ‘Klassik International’ for the audience?
‘Klassik International’ Arts & Culture Agency is a amazing International Marketing Communication Platform to promote Culture and Art worldwide!
I am honored to be in ‘Klassik International’. Thank you again for including me this amazing International Arts & Culture Forum, Social Mediation Influencer

Exhibitions :

Galerie St Laurent+Hill – Ottawa – Canada
Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong – 19-21 May 2017 with Artêria Gallery
Art New York – Pier 94 – May 3-7-2017 with Artêria Gallery
Solo show – Koelsch Gallery – Houston – Texas – Opening on the 27th of april
Affordable Art Fair Battersea -London – March with Artêria Gallery
Art Wynwood – Miami – February with Artêria gallery
Los Angeles Art show – January with Artêria gallery
the Art Lounge MTL – 160 St Viateur E – Mile end Montreal – December-January – Collectif Espace 40

Group show – L’ Artelier – Pointe Claire – Montréal – February
Affordable Art Fair Battersea – London – March
Affordable Art Fair New York – September
New York Antique and Jewelry Show – New York – November
Affordable Art Fair – Singapore – November

With ESPACE 40 Gallery
Show SOLO ‘MINIMAL’ 13 mai au 6 juin 2015, Espace 40 Mile end, MONTREAL, CANADA
Exposition ‘SANS PAPIERS’, 22-26 avril, mile end, MONTREAL
Peinture sur robe lors du défilé de la Designer Hélène Barbeau, 9 avril, MONTREAL
Affordable Art Fair, LONDON Battersea, 12-15 march, UK
Affordable Art Fair, HONG KONG, 21-24 may, CHINA
Affordable Art Fair – New York – September
Affordable Art Fair – Seoul – Korea – September
Affordable Art Fair – Hong Kong – October
Show Battersea Power Station – London – October
Solo show Omni Hotel – Montreal – November
Affordable Art Fair Singapore – November

Galerie Spazio Del Arte, Toronto
Affordable Art Fair Hamburg Messe, 14 to 17 November, Germany
Affordable Art Fair, 21 to 24 november, Singapore
Red Dot Art Fair, MIAMI, USA, December
ART TORONTO, 25 to 28 October, Toronto, Canada
HOUSTON Fine Art Fair, USA
Hamptons Art Fair, New York, USA
Affordable Art Fair, NEW YORK, USA
Affordable Art Fair, HONG KONG
Affordable Art Fair, LONDON Battersea, UK, march
LOS ANGELES Art Show, USA, January