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The great Quebec painter at the MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS Festival

Art, desire… and Corno

in the Galerie Lounge TD

February 17 to May 15, 2011.
Free admission.

Montreal, Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - The MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS Festival is proud to invite the public to attend the new exhibition Art and Desire 2011 by Corno, presented free of charge in the Galerie Lounge TD, located on the 2nd floor of the de la Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan. The tremendously popular artist-one of Quebec’s greatest contemporary painters-has generously agreed to exhibit a number of her works as part of this special Festival edition, Celebrating Women, presented in partnership with L’Oréal Canada. It’s a prestigious exhibition by a major artist whose immense talent, work ethic and perseverance have won her an esteemed presence on the international art scene, with her work exhibited in the world’s great capitals. Presented from February 17 to May 15, 2011, part of the Sun Life Financial Performing Arts, the cultural program of the MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS Festival. Free admission.

Cornography

Corno’s art is passionate, extravagant, colourful and urban, the very image of the simultaneously raw and subtle energy of this artist who paints the human form and human emotion with such fiery freedom. Hers is a figurative painting bursting with vibrant and daring colour; a unique style that has won over collectors around the world.

A native of Chicoutimi, Corno graduated from the fine arts program of the Université du Québec à Montréal in 1975 and chose a career as a painter. However, in 1992, while enjoying a fabulous reputation as one of the most in-demand painters in Montreal, Quebec and Canada, Corno left her comfortable situation for New York, the hub of contemporary art. She wanted to live out her dream: to become an international artist.

Passionate, persistent and stubborn, this exceptional artist achieved her goals, and her international success has been phenomenal. Today, she exhibits her work in the four corners of the world: New York, Paris, London, Monaco, Venice, Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul and Dubaï. Her work is prized by major figures and collectors everywhere.

In 2009, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal asked Corno to create a canvas to mark the 30th anniversary of the event. The artist, who also happened to be celebrating 30 years in painting, produced the superb Face for Jazz, simultaneously paying tribute to the music that has always been part of her creative process.

In autumn 2010, Corno published her first book, Cornographie, chronique d’une peintre à New York (Éditions La Presse), bringing the humour, sincerity and vivacity of her painting style to telling the story of her journey through the hectic Big Apple, a place that continues to inspire her and stimulate her creativity.

The Galerie Lounge TD

Permanently installed on the second floor of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan in an airy, spacious location featuring a comfortable lounge perfect for contemplation or conversation, the Galerie Lounge TD, a non-profit organization, celebrated its first anniversary on October 22. The Galerie has already welcomed close to 20,000 visitors, drawn by exhibitions of works by Elliott Landy, Zïlon, Leonard Cohen and late, lamented jazz photographer Herman Leonard. The Galerie also showcases the original works of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal collection, many of which the general public rarely has a chance to see. They include the creations of Jean-Paul Riopelle, Marcel Barbeau, Corno, Armand Vaillancourt, Francis X. Pavy, Zïlon, Lhasa De Sela, Miles Davis, Tony Bennett, Frédéric Back, Miyuki Tanobe and Yves Archambault, artist in residence and the Festival’s poster designer for over 20 years. Limited-edition signed and numbered silkscreens are also on display, including works by Robert Lapalme and Alfred Pellan, which can be bought exclusively at the Galerie Lounge TD. In summertime, the Galerie relocates to a tent erected outside on the Festival site, right in the heart of the action.

The MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS Festival and the Galerie Lounge TD wish to thank the Gouvernement du Québec and the Government of Canada for their contributions to the outfitting of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan and specialized equipment of the Galerie Lounge TD.

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