at the Secondary Level
Certificate of Studies in Art History of Quebec
(CIAZZ Academy of Visual Arts)
Private Lessons with
Marie-Josée Lépine, Painter
Specialization in an interest group
in visual arts
Private Lessons with Maurice Louis, painter (Instigator of the "Artistic Metallurgism")
Exploration Course, Plastic Arts
Painting Workshop (10 weeks)
Semi private with Maurice Louis
Mégane Fortin was born in Quebec City in 2007. She has always been passionate about colors and drawing. Then, at the age of 7, she started painting with the French-Canadian artist Maurice Louis.
In 2015, when the Town of Stoneham and Tewkesbury asked Maurice Louis to organize introductory abstract painting workshops for the town's children, Mégane met him and signed up for the workshops. For 10 weeks, every Sunday, Mégane developed a real passion for abstract painting. Following this workshop, for a year, she took other courses in plastic arts and explored new mediums, but it is undeniably painting that holds all her attention.
In 2016, Mégane's mother asked Maurice Louise to become her private teacher.
A new artistic adventure begins with this unusual mentorship. In 18 months, she signs 19 paintings with her artist name: MEG. A few months later, they both exhibit at the Jean-Luc-Grondin Library, located in Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury. This exhibition revealed the young artist to the Quebec public. Their exhibition was so large that all of MEG's works were sold out in a few days. Several collectors acquired her works, some of which left for the old continent. People from the public, truly touched by his emotional works, even wrote him letters to testify of their experience of being around them on a daily basis. The benefits felt go far beyond the purely aesthetic appreciation. At the opening of their exhibition, Mayor Robert Miller announced that the City would be purchasing one of his works - a first for the municipality. "It is very important for an artist to be recognized by his community," said the mayor at the opening. He also added: "Mégane, at the age of nine, you show a lot of courage and determination. I wish you to continue on this road!" The young artist also generously offered one of her creations to the elementary school she attends.
At the same time, Maurice Louis and MEG meet a few times a month to create, until May 2018 when they presented a second exhibition as a duo. It was in Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier that this exhibition took place. MEG, once again, sells almost all of its works. In June 2018, MEG changes teachers to explore new techniques. It is the artist Marie-Josée Lépine who becomes his new mentor. She will allow her to go even deeper into abstract painting. At the same time, she joins the Collectif International d'Artistes ArtZoom (CIAAZ) which frames her work and opens new professional horizons. In July, she was officially appraised by an art expert. Her value on the art market is established in Canada, the United States and Europe. In September, she presents her very first solo exhibition entitled "Envol" as MEG has definitely taken flight. Her works are presented in Los Angeles (USA), where the opening takes place in January 2019, marking the beginning of an exceptional year for the Stoneham artist.
In March, also in Los Angeles, MEG represented Quebec at the French Film Festival. In April and May, she participated in the international exhibition "Internation'ART" in Roberval and won the Public Prize for the quality of her works. In September, other exhibitions await her in Stoneham, Mascouche and, once again, in Los Angeles (USA). This is the first time that the artist travels with his work outside of the country. In addition to his exhibitions, which are becoming more and more important, recognition is also making its way with the CIAAZ Artistic Discovery Award and an expertise that doubles the value of the artist on the Canadian territory.
Today, MEG has a permanent exhibition in Montreal at the Galerie L'Artisan Moderne and is part of the permanent collection of the Musée d'art contemporain VR 3D (MACVR3D) located in Longwy, France.
Since her debut, Mégane has accumulated interviews on television and radio. She has received attention as far away as Europe and the United States. She is indexed in several directories of Canadian professional artists.
Written by HeleneCaroline Fournier, art expert and art theorist - Biography revised in October 2019
HER ARTISTIC APPROACH
Since 2015, the young Stoneham artist has increasingly developed her own style, especially from 2015 to 2018, under the watchful eye of her very first mentor, Maurice Louis, who was the first to say that Mégane had "impressive reflexes."
MEG takes a step back before applying color. She looks at her canvas from different angles before continuing. The harmony and balance of the masses show that she knows what she is doing.
Since June 2018, MEG has had the pleasure of working with her new mentor, Marie-Josée Lépine. This painter who took over explains, "Mégane creates with the energy of childhood, with a control and technique she seems to have mastered for years. She dares. And her paintings, pure and powerful, make you want to dive in."
The young artist also expresses herself on her art: "It seems that I am free! I like to create things, I like to work with colors and make big movements with my arms. I also like to get close to my canvas to paint and then step back to see the result. I have all kinds of things in my head, ideas of what I want to paint." Abstract painting is the visual form of his emotions. "Painting allows me to express my emotions," says Mégane. For me, every color is an emotion." Art is essential to her personal balance.
In 2019, the artist has moved on to other tools of the trade. It is not uncommon to see her using pipettes in her work as well as painting knives, which remains her tool of choice.
"My job is to let her go and see what path she will take and to bring her to go further," explains Marie-Josée Lépine who offers her as many tools as possible to open the way. "I don't intervene directly on her canvas," she explains.
Acrylic on canvas
Worked mainly with the knife and the brush, but also with the technique of dripping.