André Coppens

"I have heard the cicadas sing, smelled the scent of lavender. The way I play with colour and light is soft on the eyes and brings us inner peace. The various naïve characters that I paint will make your heart sing and provide a tranquility that will help you forget the world has gone mad." – André Coppens
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André Coppens was born in December of 1948 at Berchem Sainte-Agathe, a small village from the region of Brussells in Belgium. For a brief time, André studies with the goal of becoming a pediatric doctor until his father gets him out of school to enroll him into a newly created school of arts and crafts, the “Institut des arts et Métiers” in Brussells. There, he falls in love with the history of art. His passion of colors comes from his numerous travels throughout Europe when he was a child, travelling with his parents. In love with the region of Provence in the south of France, he paints its many landscapes full of sunlight and bright colors. Later in his career, André discovers Quebec and now paints its landscapes with the same fervor he does with all of his work. If Provence is the love of his heart, Quebec is his mistress.

A versatile artist, André paints and illustrates songs from Jacques Brel, Félix Leclerc and Gilles Vigneault. Athletic, André is also passionate about Le Tour de France, and in 2004, he is commissioned to illustrate the « Tour Gourmand de France… au Pays de Liège », where he paints scenes from the main cities of this circuit. He also participates to many group and solo exhibitions in Belgium, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Quebec.

André’s original paintings can be found in many private collections throughout Canada, Europe and the United States. He has twice received the first prize for the festival “Rencontre des Arts”, the “Prix Stanké,” in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

André brought his great love for the Provence with him when he travelled to the province of Quebec in Canada. He remembers with great emotion: “It really was a shot in the dark, this Quebec adventure. And yet, it worked beyond all my expectancies; mainly thanks to Mrs. Françoise Boutin, the first to welcome me at her hotel Harris in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu: barely finished unpacking my paintings, Mrs. Boutin buys three of them on the spot and makes sure I meet with artists and gallery owners and representatives. Thanks to the open-mindedness of Quebec’s regional artists, who aren’t jealous of their international colleagues, and did everything they could to help introduce me as a painter to the local public. So much that, every year, I go back to Quebec with great joy, where I’m welcomed with enthusiasm and respect, on the same level as renown artists from the world of contemporary art.”

Artist’s statement

From a very young age, André Coppens was introduced to the world of Art. He’s gained his deep knowledge of color through his work as an artisan at his father’s business, where he also learned valuable skills as a painter that allowed him to delve into the worlds of architecture, fashion, design and decoration. It’s with this knowledge base that he decides to become a fine artist as a painter and started selling his first paintings as a street artist.

André’s early inspiration comes from his admiration for the works of early 20th century French impressionist Pierre Bonnard. He is particularly drawn to the personal story of the painter’s wife who suffered from an illness that made her feel like she was dirty. Using his wife as an inspiration, Bonnard would construct paintings of a woman taking a bath, which deeply touched André and inspired him to paint the stories of the people he’d meet during his numerous travels.

In the spirit of painting styles such as pointillism, André describes his work as being “outlinism” that he explains as such: “it’s a derivation of comic book drawing: I compose and apply colors, and then I outline the elements of my painting once it’s finished, the reverse action of comic book drawing.”

André’s subjects vary immensely: sometimes a landscape from Provence, the skies and luminous mountains of Charlevoix, scenes from towns and villages of France, Belgium and Quebec, or fields reddened by poppies, the common denominator of all those paintings is that they all tell a story.

Today, André favors acrylics, but it wasn’t always the case. Oil painter at first, it was while he was participating at a symposium in Beauport Quebec for eight days that he observed his colleagues producing one painting a day, while he worked on the same painting for the full duration of the symposium. He then decided to try his hand at acrylics and never regretted it since he made the plunge. He attributes the facility with which he made the switch to his work process where he mixes paint colors on his palette rather than on the canvas, as many oil painters are wont to do.

The best satisfaction he gets from his work is how his public appreciates his paintings. He loves conversing with his visitors who will often become his muses for his future compositions. But the most nourishing for him are the loves at first sight, when a visitor get struck so hard by one of his works that he cannot do without it.

«I heard the songs of cicadas, I smelled the perfume of lavender. My colors, my light bring comfort to the eyes and solace to our lives. My naïve and varied subjects help the heart rejoice and bring quietude to the mind that will make you forget that Man has gone mad.»



  • Institut des arts et métiers, Brussels, Belgium

Honours, Prizes and Mentions (selected)

  • Stanké (first prize), Rencontre des Arts, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec

Galleries and Representation (selected)

Since 2014Galerie du Vieux Saint-Jean, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
Artistic Atelier Fargy, Beauport, Quebec
2007 to 2010Bourget Gallery, Montréal, Quebec
2000 to 2015Artistic Atelier Fargy, Beauport, Quebec
1997Atelier du Flot Gallery, Racour, Belgium
1996, 1997Du Clos Saint-Georges Gallery, Aÿ-Champagne, France
1996Gingelom, Haspengouw, Belgique
1995Eau de la Fontaine Museum, Genval, Belgium
1994Georges Henri, Brussels, Belgium
1993Vieux Sablons, Galerie du château Mottin, Hannut, Belgium

Solo Exhibitions (selected)

2018Apéro 2018
2018Marcel Muselet – Artistes amoureux de la nature
2018Quartier 10-30, Brossard, Quebec
2018Ferisier Gallery
2018Le Portal Gallery, Quebec City, Quebec
2018Guy Bourget Gallery, Old Montreal, Quebec
2018Galerie du Vieux Saint-Jean, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec
2017Galerie du Vieux Saint-Jean, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec
2017Art’Pero Gallery, Crupet, Belgium
2017Fedactio Gallery, Belgium
2017Art Gallery Apéro
2010Chasse et pêche Museum, Canada
2008Art’Pero Gallery, Crupet, Belgium
2008Space Art Gallery, Montreal, Quebec
2004Espace Félix Leclerc, St-Pierre Îles d’Orleans, Quebec
2003Simenon, Liège, Belgium
2002 to 2007Espace bonhomme, Liège, Belgium
2002Jacques Brel – Le Portal Art Gallery, Quebec City, Quebec
2000Eau de la Fontaine Museum, Genval, Belgium
1994CERA Bank, Brussels, Belgium
1993Les Vieux Sablons, Brussels, Belgium

International Exhibitions (selected)

20182 arts en lumière – Hamsi Boubeker, Brussels, Belgium
2018Luxembourg Embassy – Horta Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
201715 Artists Collaboration –– Group Painting 30m X 6m, Freedom of Expression, Forbach, France
2015Senior Art – 55 and more Exhibition, Cloître de l’Abbaye de la Cambre, Brussels, Belgium
2012Bourlingster Castle, Bourlingster, Luxembourg
2010Castle of Tour-de-Peiltz, Lake Geneva, Switzerland
2009Harris Tour, Hungary
2003 to 2016International Artistic Festival André Coppens, Belgium
2001 to 2013Racour Festival, Racour, Belgium
1992 to 1994Racour en fête, Racour, Belgium
  • Various exhibitions throughout Quebec since 1998
  • Castle of Tour-de-Peiltz, Lake Geneva, Switzerland
  • Art Gallery of Mottin Castle, Hannut, Belgium
  • 3rd Multicultural Meeting and Dialog, Amongst Belgium Artists, Luxembourg and Switzerland

Group Exhibitions (selected)

2019Anse St-Jean Symposium (Honorary President), Anse St-Jean, Quebec
2018Tadoussac Symposium, Grand Hôtel de Tadoussac, Tadoussac, Quebec
2018Rassemblement des arts, Brossard, Canada
2010Sept-Îles Symposium, Shaputuan Museum, Sept-Îles, Quebec
2003 to 2018Le rendez-vous des artistes Saint-Léon-art, New-Brunswick, Canada
1998 to 2017Rencontres des Arts, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada
Artistic Festival of Beauport, Beauport, Québec
Various exhibitions throughout Quebec since 1998

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