Hélène Lafontaine

“I paint the impulse in fragments. I let the subject envelop me in order to grasp the salient points. My work is also one of translation and architecture. I infuse my truth into the painting through a mosaic of lights and shadows. The biases, which are usually limiting, are for me a springboard. I am a Pixelist!” – Hélène Lafontaine.
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Born in the cultural heart of Shawinigan, Hélène was enveloped from her earliest years by the vibrant nuances of the art world, a passion nurtured by a family environment where art was more than a tradition; it was a second language. Inspired by her mother Ursule, a talented painter, Hélène pursued an academic path in Applied Arts, enriched by precious and formative exchanges at the Moulin des Arts, the studio of Albert Rousseau, where many artists congregated.

Fervently committing herself initially to the path of muralism, Hélène dedicated her life to the fusion of art and space, transforming walls and ceilings into living canvases. Her most notable accomplishments include the artistic restoration of two churches, particularly a section of the frescoes by Ozias Leduc at the Notre-Dame-de-la-Présentation church in Shawinigan-Sud. This immersion in the heritage and history of painting profoundly shaped her artistic identity.

Always in search of renewal and innovation, Hélène opened herself up to the digital dimensions of art by developing ‘Pixelism’, an avant-garde artistic movement that reinvents the way of perceiving and approaching the canvas. Her works, broken down into fragments, are energized by contrasts and colours, exploring the entire spectrum with both strength and delicacy.

Today, Hélène Lafontaine is an established figure in the Quebecois artistic scenes and landscapes, renowned for her ability to transcribe her emotions and intimate reflections of her subjects through the prism of her pixelated creations. Actively participating in numerous symposiums across Quebec, she continues to captivate and inspire with her unique vision, where the movement of water and the serenity of forests are transformed into a mosaic of light and colours.

Artist’s Statement


Delivering shadow and light with the aim of containing only the essentials.

After studies in Applied Arts that allowed me to grasp the basics and usage of colours, it was up to me to further explore my skills.

Desiring above all to leave a mark through the expression on canvas, I let brushes dance according to the pleasure of the day and the whimsy of the world around me, inspired by the movement of water, the impulses of wind, and life itself.

Thus, my universe transformed, and new perceptions gave birth to what I call Pixelism.

Pixelism is the reconstructed structure of movements. Sometimes striking, sometimes subtle, vertical and horizontal movements juxtapose and overlap. They contain the essence of the image where the full spectrum of the palette is utilized. Thus, under the brush, colours broken down by layers and decomposition contribute to the artwork.

The pixelated treatment allows the observer to engage with the painting, discovering different versions of the work depending on the time of day, sparking reflection and emotion.



1979 – 1981Diploma in Applied Arts, Cégep de Trois-Rivières
1984 – 1990Live Model Drawing Training, Moulin des Arts de Saint-Étienne-de-Lauzon

Gallery – Representation

2024Galerie du Vieux St-Jean / Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Canada)

Solo Exhibitions (Canada)

2023Seconde Nature Exhibition, Petite Place des Arts, Saint-Mathieu-du-Parc
2021Private Collection, Cascade Residence, Shawinigan
2021 Pop-up Gallery, Shawinigan
2021Solo Exhibition, 2800 du parc, St-jean-Des-Piles
2021Vernissage Nature and Mixed Works, 2800 du Parc, Shawinigan
2020Garden Solo Exhibition, Shawinigan
2019Nature Series, Mauricie National Park, Shawinigan
2018Aline Chrétien House, Shawinigan
2017Cultural Center of Saint-Tite, Saint-Tite
2015Private Collection, City of Shawinigan, Shawinigan

Group exhibitions (Canada)

2020 Participation in the Month of Galleries, St-Paul Street, Quebec City
2020Collective Exhibition, Off Galerie, Old Quebec City
2020Coiffure Flash, Quebec City
2020Neufchatel Library, Quebec City
2019Galeries d’art Le Bourget, Montreal
2019Galerie d’Art Béliveau, St-Sauveur
2016From Music to Painting, Château Bellevue, Shawinigan
2003Maison de la culture Francis Brisson, Works for the inauguration, Shawinigan
1984 – 1990Exhibitions in various Desjardins Banks, Mauricie and Quebec

Restoration Works

2006, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2022Notre-Dame-de-la-présentation, Restoration of Ozias Leduc’s works, Shawinigan
2017Saint-Paul Church, Restoration of Guido Nincheri’s frescoes, Shawinigan
2017Museum of the Franciscan Fathers, Design and realization of eight frescoes illustrating the history from the Recollets to the Franciscans, Trois-Rivières (Canada)

Symposiums (Canada)

2009 à 2019, 2022 and 2023Rendez-vous des Peintres de Sainte-Flore, Shawinigan,
2019, 2020, 2022 and 2023Arts Symposium, Danville
2017 à 2020, 2022 and 2023Couleurs urbaines, Granby
2016 à 2019, 2022 and 2023Bromont en Arts, Bromont
2018, 2019, 2022, 2023Découvr’Arts Festival, Cap-Rouge
2022, 2023Mirabel Expo-Concert, Mirabel
2020, 2022, 2023Les rendez-vous des Arts, Sutton
2018, 2019, 2022, 2023 Rendez-vous des Arts, St-Narcisse
2019, 2023Visit’Art, Quebec City
2018, 2019, 2022Gatineau en couleurs, Gatineau
2022Art et passion Symposium, Sainte-Julie
2020Promenade des arts, Cowansville
2019Kamouraska Painting Symposium, St-Denis
2019Artisans and Craftsmen Exhibition, Quebec City
2018 and 2019Provincial des villages en couleurs, L’Anse-Saint-Jean and Petit Saguenay
2018Painting Exhibition, Shopping Mall, Ste-Hyacinthe
2018Drummondville Symposium, Drummondville
2018Plaines Couleurs, Quebec City
2018Rendez-vous des Arts, Deschambault-Grondine
2017, 2018Riches en Couleurs, Cap-Santé
2016, 2018À marée haute, Champlain
2017Phares sur Champlain, Champlain

Awards and mentions

2023Artistic President of the Rendez-vous des Peintres de Sainte-Flore, Shawinigan
2021Committee Prize / Symposium Promenade des arts, Cowansville
2017Committee Prize / Symposium Couleurs urbaines, Granby
2017Winner of the Art X Terra competition, SIDIM: Salon du Design, Montreal

Creations and projects

Since 1990Founder of the PixélismeTM trademark and director of the company “Hélène Lafontaine, Peinture et Muralisme”
2023Outdoor Painting, Yamachiche
2016Creation of collective works for professional groups, Mauricie
2016Creation of a tree structure for the Notre-Dame-de-la-Presentation exhibition, Sponsorship Table, Shawinigan
2015 – 2016Entrepreneurship Center, Matin Créatif Top Chrono Program, Creation of a collective work, Shawinigan
2015Francis Brisson Cultural Center, Tribute work created with Mr. Brisson’s trumpet, Shawinigan
2015Comic Book Fair, Set montage, Shawinigan
2015Campanile Gardens, Fresco at the indoor pool, Shawinigan
2008Shawinigan Arts Center, Production of sets for an exhibition of the posthumous collection of painter Louis Desaulniers, Shawinigan
1981 – 1984Moulin des Arts, Pottery artist alongside Mr. Albert Rousseau and Mr. Raymond Lemieux, renowned potters, Saint-Étienne de Lauzon

Artistic associations

Since 2022Mondial Art Academia
Since 2020International Academy of Fine Arts of Quebec
Since 2019Association of Affiliated Painters of the South Shore
Since 2017Quebec Artistic and Cultural Society

Press kit (non-exhaustive)

  • Maison O Canada Magazine (Home Canada), Spring 2020 Edition
  • Magazin’Art, April 2020
  • Presentation of works, Chez Norm show, Norad.tv, filming in February 2019

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