About Nicole Lemelin
As I like to say when I am ask to describe myself, the first thing that comes to my mind is: I am just a human being trying-to-get-cross-town. But I agree that this may be a little too simplistic for you to have an idea of who I am.
The journey translates into life: in dreams, in poetry, in paintings and in reflective meditation and writing; each of them contributing to enlighten the puzzling journey.
With time, going along that pathway, not only do I discover my own personal mythology but I also get in touch with the more collective aspect within it. It appears in my painting, not as a rational expression or a literal illustration of my dreams, poetry or any other reflective mode. Rather, what is coming through is more the essence, the spirit of the unconscious material met along the way. This material can reappear a long time after the fact and often when this happens I will go back to my dream-journal, poetry & reflections and realize that it is part of a whole chain of events, including much more than myself. Jungian and Freudian studies, coupled with mythology, history and a dash of philosophy mix into my process. For more than 20 years this process involves working with dreams, symbolism and the exploration of the unconscious.
Born in Quebec City, studying Fine Arts at the École de beaux arts de Québec; maintaining studios in both Montreal, PQ and Palenville, NY for more than a decade now; during the early 1990s was part of the avant garde exhibits at Gallery Rouge in Quebec City and by the mid-90s had connected with similar minded artists, working in the Hudson Valley of New York. At the turn of the millennium, I was part of the Cross Street Gallery stable of painters and exhibited in the gallerys major exhibits (curator Bernard X Bovasso) involving: Expressionistic paintings of the Abstract kind' - or simply paintings reflective of an Abstract Sublime.
Gallery Les Yeux Fertiles, in Quebec City Both collective and solo painting exhibits; plus one solo installation exhibit.
Galerie Rouje,Quebec City, La Grande Macédoine 1996;
Galerie Rouje,Quebec City, Jeune peinture et Art actuel 1997
Galerie Rouje,Quebec City, 'La grande marée' 2001
At the Kleinart Gallery, Woodstock, New York in the December Invitational 1999.
Greene County Council on the Arts Gallery. Catskill, NY, 2000, 2001
Tenshi Gallery, Kingston, NY, November 2000.
Museum of Computer Art, NYC, January 2001.
Twilight Park, Haines Falls, NY, August 2001 (Award )
Gallery Le 1040, "À chacun son dieu", Montréal, March 2002
The Cross Street Gallery , Saugerties, NY, August 2002,, Image and Soul
The Cross Street Gallery, Saugerties, NY, October 2002, Group Show
The Cross Street Gallery, Saugerties, NY, Avril 2003, The Abstract Sublime
The Cross Street Gallery, Saugerties, NY, Juin 2003. The Abstract Sublime, Reloaded
Cross Street Gallery, Saugerties, NY, June 2004, The Summer Solstice.
CRIQ, Corporative Show, Montréal and Quebec City, Fall 2004
The Cross Street Atelier,Saugerties, NY, May 2005, An Art distress call for all the souls lost at sea.
The Cross Street Atelier,Saugerties, NY, August 2005, Poets who paints and Painter who write poetry.
Les journées de la culture, Montréal, CCMM, Septembre 2005..
Green County Council of the Arts, Catskills, NY ,November 2005, Annual Show
The Catstkills Gallery, Saugerties, NY, December 2005, 7 Artists Exploring Paint
Athens Cultural Centre, Athens, N.Y., November 26,2006.
Cercle des artistes peintres et sculpteurs du Québec, 24e Concours international des arts visuels, Montreal, Novembre 2007. (Award)
ARTA Gallery, Toronto,December 2007
Galerie lArt Neuf, Montreal, July 2008 (Juried show)
International Association for the Study of Dreams, Dreams Whitout Borders,
2008 Juried Dream Art Exibitions, Montreal, July 2008.