Posted by Osman on August 7, 2007
Blending the old with the new
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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Posted by Osman on May 11, 2007
The 2nd Solo Exhibition of Denise Hudon Arsenault kicked off with a bang at the inauguration ceremony. The show was inaugurated by Her Excellency Barbara Richardson, the honourable High Commissioner of Canada on the 11th of May @ the Art Club Bangladesh Gallery in Gulshan, Dhaka.
The Gallery was packed with people both foreign and local. Awed by the unique approach Denise takes with her works of Art. She uses all Natural materials for her paper & extraction of dyes from vegetables. Her pieces are abstract with a few Block prints on earthy, calm background colours. A true delight in the ever changing Dhaka’s happening art scene. In her speech she stated that man made, synthetic dyes are harming the environment, especially the water supply. Through her venture with eco-friendly, natural dyes she also wants to hammer the ECOLOGY message home. Louis-Georges Arsenault, Representative of UNICEF commented on Denise’s work & her life. There were many dignitaries present at the Gallery from various fields, mostly from the Diplomatic Circles in Bangladesh & also various Development agencies among others as well as a handful of Local Art lovers.
The Art Club Bangladesh Gallery is nestled in a nondescript apartment building on RD# 104, House # 4; Suite # 3B. In between Privilege Club & Manarat International School & College. Opp. Shikdar Hospital & Omni MUsic & Books. One can’t imagine the beauty of the exhibition space as one enters a Flat after disembarking the elevator. One feels transported to New York, i feel. To the Chic galleries lining her high-streets. Exclusive, as if secret. We were served with Refreshments & local tid-bits like Samosas, Chingaras & Kebab Rolls in canape shapes.
The exhibition will remain open to the Public from the 12th to the !8th of May… 11am – 8pm. Open for all. Drop by & be overwhelmed.
You may contact ART CLUB BANGLADESH GALLERY @ email@example.com or visit us at Suite #3B; House #4; Rd# 104; Gulshan 2; Dhaka. Bangladesh. visit our website @ https://artclubbd.wordpress.com
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Posted by Osman on May 8, 2007
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
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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Posted by Osman on May 8, 2007
The 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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