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In 1986, following the need to create a totally new world, he immerses himself in a passionate research, drawing relentlessly; he creates a phantasmagoric world, straight from his own imagination. This oniric world had inhabited him for the last 26 years, named l’Univers d’Ava.
Jean-Pierre Neveu was born in Saint-Basile-le-Grand, in the region of Montérégie (Quebec, Canada), on April 12, 1948 to a modest family, in a time known as the “Great Darkness”. He begins painting at a very young age, before his first school years. At nine, he is already a passionate student in his drawing classes and stands out for his ability to reproduce elements with an exceptional fidelity. At the age of 14, Neveu’s father encourages him to sell his paintings, and he quickly gains in popularity as a result.
As a self-taught artist, Neveu never felt the need to validate what he would later practice as a profession. However, in 1968 he enrols at the École des Métiers d’Arts in Montreal. With Professor Ivanhoé Fortier Dupuis, he learns the techniques of stone carving. Always in an innate need to satiate his techniques and knowledge, to this day Jean-Pierre Neveu has never stopped studying various techniques in visual arts.
In 1983, he composes an unusual chromatic chart on the natural colors of our real, terrestrial environment according to the perception of the human eye, which led him to create paintings based on a concept out of the ordinary for this time. In 1985, while teaching painting and drawing in different organizations, he opens his own school where he teaches the techniques of painting and stone carving, a school he names Studio Creativ-Art. In 1989, this school becomes the Association of Stone Sculptors of Montérégie.
1986 turns out to be a pivotal year for Neveu as the artist embarks on a passionate quest to reinvent the landscapes of this world to create a new one. It is through this inner search that the Universe of Ava is born. In 2012, Neveu publishes a 912-page novel titled “Le Perceurs d’Univers” (The Piercer of Universes published by the Editions of Mi-Fiction) that describes the Universe of Ava in all its intricate details.
On April 21, 2012 Neveu was inducted as a signatory member of the Institute of Figurative Arts (IAF). That same year, Neveu celebrates fifty years of artistic life by creating a major event where he presents a retrospective of his works through his artistic journey. For the first time, he exhibits his new collection of oil paintings with three-dimensional effects. In 2013 during the annual Academia Gala, the International Academy of Fine Arts of Quebec (AIBAQ) awards Neveu with the prize of “Master in Fine Arts.” In 2014, after five years of research, Neveu discovers the missing link to make his work unique in the field: he creates a way for us to see his paintings in three dimensions by crafting a chromatic chart adapted for figurative painting. In May 2015, he is accepted as a member of the Society of Canadian Artists.
2015 to 2018 are years of recognition for the Master of Fine Arts. Several honors and important distinctions are conferred on him, in Europe as well as in Canada. One of them stands out amongst others: the Silver Medal of the Academic Society ARTS-SCIENCES-LETTERS of Paris. He participates to hundreds of important exhibitions, such as the Museum Marc-Aurèle Fortin in 1993, where a work of 12 X 6.5 feet is presented. His artwork travels in France, the United States and Canada, but most of it is found in private and corporate collections, including Loto Quebec, SNC Lavalin and the Montreal Institute of Fine Arts.
For some years now, he has given lectures on artistic subjects that highlight the power of the artist following his creative process. The goal is to further develop their dream world to realize their own artistic signature. In parallel to his conferences, Neveu is always in search of knowledge, which brings him to go deeper into his research and to experiment on new creative concepts, which he then shares with his peers, and help them push their creative limits.
As a young child, Jean-Pierre Neveu is possessed by the unexplainable impulsive need to continually draw scenes from his environment: barns, houses, cows, trees. He naturally grasps the importance of observation and gesture, to memorize the elements he sees so that he can later represent them as accurately as possible with his colored pencils. This reveals the analytical personality of this artist, a personality that will always be fed by exploration, study, research and creation.
He finds inspiration in Delacroix, Van Dyck, Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci, some for their style and technique, others for their thirst for knowledge and artistic achievements.
Neveu paints forest scenes in a natural way. Directly connected to nature, he favors hyperrealism which leads him to surrealism. He feels no need to sketch: on a black or white background, he spontaneously starts his first creative gesture. Four Golden Section points guide his initial composition. As described by art historian and critic Sam Aberg, Neveu manipulates small or large brushes in a surgical precision to define forms on the canvas, creating the scenes in a spatio-temporal style. The evolution of strokes and paint spots transforms into hundreds of points of interest, which then translates into a totally magical environment.
Using pure oil as a medium of choice, Neveu carefully choses the colors of each scene, deposits them to create a detachment between each element, filling the depth of field of the different planes of the painting: the result is a visual in three dimensions. Neveu meticulously studies and develops this technique to adapt it to figurative painting. He creates his own chromatic chart in three dimensions with the help of ChromadepthTM glasses. This outcome demonstrates an undeniable fact: the creation of a new artistic movement, the “Chromadepth” 3D, proclaimed by art theorist Hélène-Caroline Fournier-Torregrossa.
Vibrant blues, warm yellowish greens or cold greens getting closer to aqua, deep reds fading into orange: all these colors unite in tickling their complementary colors. By this pictorial treatment, the colors enveloping the composition create in this way, a mystical atmosphere that only the artist can master. From the simple forest scene to the fantastical landscape stemming from a parallel world born from the artist, Jean-Pierre Neveu learns to write a fiction book in order to define the deep nature of his world. “My painting was not enough to fully express everything I saw and knew about this world. Shall I write to give it even more realism as to believe in it even more?”
To believe more, so that the imaginary never ceases to create.
The artist’s work comes to life inseparably from its parallel world. Each painting, large or small, mainly illustrates plants classified by species, family, order, class and branch from the universe of Ava. Nothing is left to chance in the artist’s mind. The scrolling of the scenes thus painted reproduces a completely reinvented visual.
In front of each completed artwork, his pride is manifested in a vision that is always improved by his technique, to contribute to the fabulous world of art here and now, and later on, like a legacy of his memory. The work of the artist leads the viewer to wonder where the key is to be found, to penetrate this universe, unknown to us until now.
WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSE OF AVA!
By Jean-Pierre Neveu
1955 to 1991 Various courses in sculpture, painting and drawing
1976 Welding, Pierre Dupuis, Longueuil, QC, CA
1968-1969 Stone carving, teacher: Ivanhoé Fortier, École des Métiers d’Art de Montréal, QC, CA
2019 Ambassador of the Year, Mondial Art Académia
2019 Ambassador of Canada, Mondial Art Académia
2019 Grand Master Council, Fine Arts, AIBAQ
2018 Gold Medal, CREATIVITE Award, International Award for Art Professionals, MAA
2018 Grand Master, Fine Arts, AIBAQ
2017 Academy Officer, Mondial Art Academia
2016 New Technique Award (chromadepth 3D), Salon Artiste du Monde, Cannes, FR
2016 Silver Medal, Commission Supérieure Académique Art Sciences Lettres de Paris, Paris, FR
2015 Bronze Medal, SNBA, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, FR
2015 Yvon Boucher Award, Symposium Art et Passion
2013 Master, Fine Arts, AIBAQ
2011 Public Award, Fête des Arts, St-Basile-le-Grand, QC, CA
2002 Public Award, Une Époque en Art, St-Basile-le-Grand, QC, CA
1995 Honoris Causa, Association des Sculpteurs sur Pierre de la Montérégie
1987 2nd Place, Visual Art National Competition of Quebec
1986 Honorable Mention , Cercle des Artistes Peintres du Quebec
2019 Chabèche, Galerie du Vieux St-Jean, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, CA
2016 Denisiava, Galerie du Vieux Saint-Jean, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, CA
2012 50th Anniversary of Artistic Life, Cultural Centre of Belœil, Belœil, QC, CA
2012 Launch of 3D painting of the Universe of AVA, Cultural Centre of Belœil, Belœil, QC, CA
2012 Launch of fiction novel Le Perceur d’Univers, Cultural Centre of Belœil, Belœil, QC, CA
1993 to 1995 Various exhibitions, QC, CA
1993 Marc-Aurèle Fortin Museum, Montréal, QC, CA
1990 Léonard de Vinci Gallery, Sainte-Julie, QC, CA
Solo Exhibitons (cont’d)
1971-1975 Man and His World (World Fair), Canadian Village), Montréal, QC, CA
1969 Montréal University, Montréal, QC, CA
Juried Group Exhibitions
2016 Salon Artistes du Monde, Cannes, FR
2015 Canadian Delegation, Société Nationale des Beaux-arts, Carrousel du Louvres, Paris, FR
2015 Grand Salon Art et Passion, Sainte-Julie, QC, CA
1986 Cercle des Artistes Peintres et Sculpteurs du Québec, Montréal, QC, CA
Select Group Exhibitions
2013 to 2018 Symposium Le Rendez-vous des Artistes, Saint-Léonard, NB, CA
2018 Exposition Signature, IAF, Drummondville, QC, CA
2015 to 2017 Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Carrousel du Louvres, Paris, FR
2016 to 2017 Salon Artistes du Monde, Cannes, FR
2016 Espace Art Gallery, Bruxelles, Belgique
2016 St-Bernardin Gallery, Cannes, FR
2016 Grand Prix international de Peinture et de Sculpture, Espace Miramar, La Croisette, Cannes, FR
2014 IAF, Marius-Barbeau Museum, Beauce, QC, CA
2013 to 2014 Rencontre des Arts, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, CA
1995 Justice Palace of Montreal, Montréal, QC, CA
1995 Art Gallery ADP, Paris, FR
1989 AZ ARTS Gallery, New York, É.-U.
1887 Quebec Painters, Galerie ADP, Paris, FR
1985 Quebec Council of Painters, Montréal, QC, CA
1973 Montreal University, Montréal, QC, CA
2017 Drawing with Dry Medium, 3D Painting, Galerie du Vieux St-Jean, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
2017 Forest Hyperrealism, Galerie du Vieux St-Jean, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
2016 Forest Hyperrealism, St-Côme
2014 Perspective, Saint-Basile-le-Grand
2010-2011 Advanced Painting (senior), Develop Your Signature, Saint-Basile-le-Grand
1971-2009 Stone Carving and Painting
1996-2000 Drawing and Watercolor, Saint-Basile-le-Grand
1995 Advanced Painting, Saint-Basile-le-Grand
1988-1994 Painting, Drawing and Stone Carving, Créativ-Art, Saint-Basile-le-Grand
1988 Wood Carving, Belœil
1988 Painting and Stone Carving – School Foundation, Créativ-Art, Saint-Basile-le-Grand
1987-1993 Painting, Belœil
1986-1995 Painting and Drawing, Saint-Basile-le-Grand
Professional Experience (cont’d)
1974 Stain Glass, Centre d’art de Saint-Basile-le-Grand
1972-1975 Drawing, Centre d’art de Saint-Basile-le-Grand
1972-1974 Drawing and Stain Glass, Pensionnat des Sacrés-Cœurs
2011 Municipality of Saint-Basile-le-Grand
1991 Jacques-Viger Hospital, Montréal
1988 International Network of Commercial Exchange, Montréal
1987 Municipality of Saint-Basile-le-Grand
1974 Desjardins Lumberland Syndicate, Montréal
Mondial Art Académia, Canadian Ambassador
Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, France, Associate Member
Canadian Artists Society, Signature Member
Figurative Art Institute, Signature Member
Académie Internationale des Beaux-Arts du Québec
Association des Sculpteurs sur Pierre de la Montérégie
2018 Revue d’art l’Arzoomer
2017 Magazin’Art, Summer Edition 2017
1994 Collection Pictographe, Éditions XYZ, J-P Neveu et XYZ
1993 Guide Vallée, Publication Charles Huot
1990 Le Maître Imprimeur, page couverture
1989 L’art, miroir de sa réalité, Sam Aberg
1988 Arts et tendances au Québec, Sam Aberg
1987 Guide Vallée, Publications Charles Huot
Galerie du Vieux St-Jean, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu