Here is an interview from Klassik International Magazine :
Maryline Lemaitre ‘ Less sugar than a candy bar…’ Canada
Name: Maryline Lemaitre
Age: Time flies…
Birthday: March 17th
College: French literature in France, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. Personal experimentation and Life were the best teachers !
Books: Lots of them ! But a special thanks to Julia Cameron and her book « The artist’s way » (25 years later, I am still writing my morning pages almost every morning !)
Movie: My choice today would be the french movie « Intouchables » (Funny and touching at the same time… and a true story )
Food: Fresh, colorful and healthy !
Quote: Not all of us can do great things, but we can all do small things with great love. Mother Teresa
For how long have been in art? How did you start?
I took my first Art course in Hong Kong in 1994. Before that time, I had never thought of becoming an artist but when I started to experiment by myself, I could not stop…
How would you define yourself as an artist?
I am a mixed media artist using my hands and a lot of other tools.
Would you tell us some things about yourself? Please include a few little known facts about you as well.
Born in France, lived for 10 years in Hong Kong and Singapore, moved in Canada in 2001. Married to the same man since 1981, 3 sons, 2 daughters-in-law, 1 grand daughter, 1 dog, 1
cat. Like to move very often to give me the opportunity to make a new interior design each time !!!
Where do you find inspiration?
In my everyday life… Vintage pictures find in old book, flea markets or family albums, the words of a song or the reading of a book, a bird’s song during my morning walk, inspiration from fashion, from other artist’s work or an idea coming from nowhere…
What are you trying to communicate with your art?
I noticed in my life that my happiness is defined by small things, particular moments as my brain focuses on an object or another, that event or this one … When I look at a work of art it’s the same thing, I need to approach and see on the surface elements that appear to me particularly beautiful or touching or poetic or make me smile … It is this feeling that I
will like to communicate in my work. this little gift that we make ourselves in the discovery of beauty…
Why do you do … what you do?
Because it make me happy !!
What does “being creative” mean to you?
Being awake and attentive at how every moment could be an opportunity for magic !
Any shows, galleries, or publications where our readers can find your work?
At the moment, you can see my work :
– in Montréal, Québec, soon Toronto- Canada at Galerie Beauchamp
– in Ottawa- Canada at StLaurent+hill gallery
– in Bromont – Canada and in several art fairs around the world with Artêria gallery
– (in 2017, Hong Kong, New York, London, Miami)
– in Houston- USA at Koelsch Gallery
How do you cultivate a collector base?
I try to update my website on a regular basis – www.marylinelemaitre.com
same for my Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/Maryline.Lemaitre.Page.Officielle/
and mostly everyday some news from the studio on my instagram :
And I trust the galleries that work with me for the rest…
Which is your most cherished piece?
The next one ! But I should admit I have a few artworks in my home that I keep for sentimental reasons.
If you had an exclusive collective exhibition with other artists work, who would you choose?
I will love to have the opportunity to make one over-size painting in a huge space to match with one giant installation of Wolfgang Laib and his sacred art.
What do you see as the strengths of your pieces, visually or conceptually?
The layers and small details on the surface, the textures and the childlike atmosphere…
What aspect of your work do you pay particular attention to?
Composition and colors and the quality of the surface with an aging process…
What role does the artist have in society?
I think, like Georgia O’Keeffe :Art is..« Filling a space in a beautiful way.«
What is your most treasured memory?
My most treasured memories are all human related. Wonderful experiences and magic moments with my family during travel all around the world.
What for you is the most enjoyable part of your art?
Being alone in my « little bubble » and doing what I love to do on my own agenda with my own rythme is a blessing !
What famous artists have influenced you, and how?
The « spots » of Damien Hirst, the colors of Rothko, the mixed medias of Robert Rauschenberg, the expressionism of Cy Twombly, the minimalism of Agnès Martin, the paper cut out and glue of Henri Matisse, the freedom of Jean-Michel Basquiat to name a few…
What other interests do you have outside of art?
I like to spend quality time with my favorite humans – this includes a dog ! And…Reading, writing, dreaming, meditation, walk in natures, yoga, cinema, cooking, travels…
Some short questions now:
more colours: white, black, pink, red, yellow
Textures: layers and layers and layers, fresco style… And Velvet !
Define your art : Less sugar than a candy bar…
Art Fairs: Like them all… No restriction to walk around art…
Museums: Chaplin’s world in Switzerland. Fun !
Cities: Paris of course ! And Montreal !!
Travels:I was lucky to travel a lot especially in Asia but there is so much more to see! Costa Rica is one of my favourite destination at the moment!
Mobile App: Instagram, pinterest
How would your life change if you were no longer allowed to create art?
We can all use creativity in every domain of our life so I think I will find another topic ! Cooking maybe
Which of your projects has given you the most satisfaction?
My sons = my masterpieces !
Who are the writer’s you admire the most?
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Stefan Zweig, Françoise Sagan as classical authors. Guillaume Musso, Marc Levy, Agnès Martin-Lugand as contemporary authors.
What about architects and designers?
I love Frank Lloyd Wright for his philosophy of building houses in harmony with nature. And also the so talented Le Corbusier who was un pioneer in moderne architecture.
Stella Mccartney for ethic fashion.
What else are you working on at the moment? Next projects?
My next project has something to do with palimpsest and portrait !
Share something you would like the world to know about you?
my art is my favorite medium to express myself !
Define ‘Klassik International’ and MEDIA NEWS ‘Klassik International’ for the audience?
‘Klassik International’ Arts & Culture Agency is a amazing International Marketing Communication Platform to promote Culture and Art worldwide!
I am honored to be in ‘Klassik International’. Thank you again for including me this amazing International Arts & Culture Forum, Social Mediation Influencer
Context Art Miami
December 5-10 2017
with Artêria Gallery