Press release for immediate distribution

Opening of the Galerie Lounge TD at Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme

Riff de Guit by Richard Séguin and
Accroche-Coeur by Yves Archambault

Montreal, Thursday, June 28, 2012 - The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is happy to celebrate today’s opening of the 17th season of the Galerie Lounge TD, situated for a second year in the exhibition hall of Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, Place des Arts for the duration of the Festival. For its 33nd edition, the Festival and its Galerie have the immense privilege of presenting a piece created specially for the occasion by Richard Séguin. The piece, entitled Riff de Guit, will be reproduced as a limited-run silkscreen signed and numbered by the artist, and available at the Galerie du Festival-other pieces by the celebrated singer-songwriter will be available. The Galerie will also exhibit Accroche-Coeur, an original work created for this year’s edition by our artist in residence, Yves Archambault. In addition, Festival fans will find other original works by Archambault. The Galerie Lounge TD will be open from June 28 to July 7, 2012.

Richard Séguin

Renowned as a peerlessly talented singer-songwriter and performer, Richard Séguin is one of those artists whose work reaches the soul and spans eras. Moving skillfully between music and visual arts, his poetry crosses all boundaries.

“I love the process that leads to the simple and recurrent pleasure of seeing the image appear on paper, the image and its world, the image and its movements between thoughts, dreams, will and the unexpected… Slowly, the engraving is created in silence,” he explains.

Thus, Richard Séguin serenely approaches his art in the calm of his workshop, where each of the assembled details necessary to the creation of the print allows him to slow time down. The artist does not seek out inspiration specific to his works: his inspiration may be found in Amerindian sources, or pulled from a childhood memory, or even the motifs of one of his songs. He hews only to this recurrent reference: “The emblem of the celestial dome appears over an ever-present road.”

Richard Séguin first undertook wood engraving with Yvan Lessard, member of Xylon - Société internationale des graveurs sur bois, in 1993. He subsequently pursued his artistic research in Atelier Daumier, Ateliers Aubergine and finally, Atelier Circulaire. He thereby discovered carborundum engraving, a technique that approaches painting and allows the artist to integrate different materials into the print, bringing it a greater variety of textures. Richard Séguin’s works have been exhibited in the Atelier Circulaire and the Musée régional de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, among other venues.

Yves Archambault

Artist and illustrator Yves Archambault has been creating posters for the Festival for 25 years. In 1992, he created “Ste‑Cat”, the Chat bleu that has become a mascot for the event over the years. Yves has also designed illustrations that have appeared throughout the exterior site and on many souvenir products. Every year, his posters are interpreted and reproduced as signed and numbered silkscreens, to the delight of Festival collectors. The new poster he has created for this 33nd edition of the Festival, Accroche-Coeur, is no exception! This poster will be available as silkscreens and added to the panoply of works that have already marked the history of the Festival such as Vingt-ans, Le griot, Le messager, Duo lunaire, Vénus and Chronos. Gifted with an immense creative talent that never ceases to amaze collectors, our artist in residence also creates original works that will be presented for the first time in the Galerie.

Exclusive works of singular value

Since its inception in 1996, the Galerie Lounge TD has continually enriched its collection with annual acquisitions of works by a variety of terrific painters (and even a few musicians, whose second passion is painting). Limited series of works by Marcel Barbeau (Django Blue), Alfred Pellan (Le Chat Roi), Miles Davis (Trumpet Player), Lhasa (Music Does This), Frédéric Back (Rhapsody in Blue), Tony Bennett (Louis Armstrong), Jean‑Paul Riopelle (Jazz), Miyuki Tanobe (Le festival de jazz de Montréal 1996), and Zïlon (Spirit), have been created, including many by “resident artist” Yves Archambault.

The Galerie on the move

From June 28 to July 7, the Galerie Lounge TD, located on the 2nd floor of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, is moving to make way for the Festival press room. This year again, the Galerie will be situated in the exhibition hall of Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, Place des Arts. Over time, works purchased at the Galerie may well represent a fine investment. But more than that, the acquisition of artwork from the Galerie is an expression of valuable support of the Festival, which relies on such revenues to supply so many free outdoor concerts every year.

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