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Denise’s dream-world of earthy colours

Posted by Osman on August 7, 2007

Blending the old with the new
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Art works by Denise Hudon

Denise Hudon, who lives and works in Bangladesh, had an exhibition of her works at Art Club Bangladesh recently. One was acquainted with her work by her exhibition at Alliance Francaise last year. She grows her own dyes in her kitchen garden and uses material like the veins of banana leaves for her canvas. Her colours are muted — madder, brown and beige. In them she puts block prints and paints swirls of paisley and alpona. She combines the art of the west with what she has learned from Africa, and now she mixes it with Subcontinental designs and motifs found in calligraphy and sari anchal designs. Her hues are so muted that they appear dream-like. In her work is a subtle combination of the east and west. She calls her exhibition “Reviving traditional arts into contemporary form”.Born in the heart of French Canada, with some native Red Indian blood in her veins, she uses flora as her subject. She painted murals during her formal education in fine arts. Later she entered ceramic sculpting. After that, for 15 years, she taught painting and ceramics. Even when she was in Canada in the eighties she used dried fibres of bamboo stalks discovered in the Chinese district and waste material recovered from store-room of shops in St Hubert Street. Earlier she had used recycled rag paper and cement bags. Learning from African artists in Togo, Ghana and Mali, she took to using vegetable fibres, like banana leaves, cabbage and leeks, in a big way. We see her close relationship with nature in her earthy tones. She uses dyes that she has collected from all over the world and from her garden. There is something both singular and universal in her work.

Her Gulshan has used bamboo, cotton and paper for the base. The dyes include n’pekou and galama. In the composition we see an embossed blossom in greyish white, set on a background of chocolate coloured squares. This is again placed on a burnt sienna rectangle. Autumn is done on paper made from cotton and bamboo. Safflower has been used for the dying and it brings large, delicate brown leaves that appear as if dusted over with powdered sugar. At the sides are rectangles dotted with motifs made from the fine central veins of tiny leaves.

Twilight zone is made from frangipani, cassia and fistula dyes. On a black base is a paisley pattern with flowers and leaves. The other motif is a matching piece in rich brown, and it appears somewhat abstract. Manuscript has delicate floral patterns backed with neat geometrical motifs. A chapter has papers of corn leaves and cotton for the base, while the dyes in it include black, indigo and marigold. We see an open book mounted on a pale beige backdrop. In the book itself we see intriguing characters. Motifs in indigo decorate the pages and a ribbon appears to run down the centre of the book.

Denise has exhibited in numerous places like Africa, Canada, Cambodia, Indonesia and Pakistan. She has taught in Canada and abroad.

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Resume of Denise Hudon

Posted by Osman on May 8, 2007

Denise Hudon

Born in 1950 in Montréal, Canada



1968-69      Institut des Arts Appliqués, Montréal, Canada

1970-71   College in Fine Arts, Montréal, Canada

1971-73   Ecole des Beaux Arts de  Montréal, Canada  

                Université du Québec, Arts Plastiques, Montréal, Canada

1982        Ceramic Technology, Montréal, Canada


Solo Exhibitions

1982         Terre et feux – Société Immobilière du Canada, Mirabel, Canada

1983         Sculpture Céramique – Seigneuries Belle Rivière, Mirabel, Canada

1984         Fahrenheit- Via Design- Palais des congres, Montréal, Canada

1984         Via design– Sponsored by the Quebec Ministry of Commerce, Canada

1985         New York Art show «Accent on design » – Selected and Sponsored by the       Quebec Ministry of Commerce, New York, USA

1987         Lezards Appliqués|- Gatto Art Gallery, Togo

1988         Denise Hudon en Solo – Gatto Art Gallery, Togo

 1989        Retrospective- Gatto Art Gallery, Togo

1990         Ceramic link-   Gatto Art Gallery, Togo

1991         L’Afrique assez chaude– Gatto Art Gallery, Togo

1992         Kamiyia Kami – Sponsored by the Canadian High Commission, Ghana Read the rest of this entry »

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Reviving Traditional Arts into Contemporary Forms

Posted by Osman on May 8, 2007

InvitationThe first thought one encounters upon observing Denise Hudon’s work is that she’s an artist who goes beyond just putting paint on a canvas to express herself. She is so in tune with the “Earth”, that Denise goes deeper into ‘her’ to gather her raw materials & her inspiration. She has had a nomadic adventure through West Africa & Central Asia, where she researched & refined the arts of alchemy for her colours, extracting natural dyes from plants & also the art of making a rich textured, quick absorbing handmade paper, prepared form natural & recycled tropical fibers. She adopted traditional methods used in these cultures and revived them to contemporary forms in her works of art.

 French speaking Denise was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1950, in the heart of French Canada. With a mixture of native Red Indian blood running in her veins, she’s pulled to the earth & its treasures for inspiration. Upon receiving her formal education in fine arts she began painting murals on public buildings. Later she specialized in Ceramic Sculpture while continuing her artistic career. All along, she taught painting, ceramics & fine arts for 15 years. In the early ‘80s, while in Montreal, Hudon’s work already featured dried fibers such as bamboo stalks and waste materials. Read the rest of this entry »

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