Marc Gagné and SooZ (Susan Jillette) never met before they were introduced to each other through TAG Cornwall.
Marc Gagné is a long-time resident of Ottawa who grew up in Kingston, Trenton, Ottawa, and later Toronto, attending the Ontario College of Art (now OCADU).
SooZ (Susan Jillette), a resident of Rigaud, Quebec, is an active member in numerous art associations & societies including the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA), the International Guild of Realism (IGOR) and the Autour de Nous (ADN) group of local professional artists.
Marc’s pieces are created by combining found objects such as sheet metal, weathered wood, old books and other items with more traditional materials like oil painting and encaustic; combining, distressing, cutting, burning, or otherwise altering and re-combining the pieces until they form an integral whole. He always has been drawn to the urban landscape with its aged and decaying surfaces.
SooZ works with acrylics and let the textures and colours evolve on the canvas during the painting process. Her new series called “Improbable Creatures” fits into the Steampunk category. Most of her work can be described as witty and whimsical, sometimes flashy at other times more subdued.
Both artists’ creations are clever, rich in texture and inventive. Their similarity and their contrasting differences enhance one and other and will provide the viewer with an exciting visual treat.