Christian Deberdt (1947-2011)

L'Orage est Passe
L'orage est Passe, 2007
acrylic on canvas, 72" × 36"
L'iris Bleu
L'iris Bleu, 2005
acrylic on canvas, 36" × 12"
La Paix
La Paix, 2007
acrylic on canvas, 30" × 24"
Étude pour "Sabot de Vénus" (Lady Slipper)
Étude pour "Sabot de Vénus" (Lady Slipper), 2005
acrylic on canvas, 16" × 8"
Lac en Foret
Lac en Foret, 2009
acrylic on canvas, 18" × 24"
Which is Different
Which is Different, 2005
acrylic on canvas, 8" × 16"
Septembre, 2010
acrylic on canvas, 20" × 28"


Christian Deberdt – Artist Biography

Born in Paris in 1947, Christian Deberdt began his career studying printmaking and graphic arts at the Gametta Printing School and the Estienne Graphic Art School in Paris, followed by a stint as an illustrator on the popular comic strip Asterix.

In 1966, at the age of 18, with four years of experience in the graphic arts field, Deberdt decided to leave Paris and to start a new life in Montreal where his eldest brother was already established. Itching for adventure, Deberdt left Paris in 1968 for North America where, for the next seven years, he traveled extensively across Canada and the United States, absorbing the incredible landscapes. To support himself he took various odd jobs – cook, encyclopedia salesman - while sketching rigorously in his spare time. He settled in Montreal in 1975 where he began showing his work professionally and has since been represented in collections across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Deberdt’s work reduces natural elements to their purest forms, creating a dream-like alternate universe in which characters, based on members of his own family, feature prominently.

Deberdt decided to become a full time artist in 1976. He was greatly influenced by the Group of Seven, in particular Lawren Harris' graphic landscape depictions. Around the same time he discovered the work of Tom Forrestal. From these influences his style and vision started to emerge.

For Deberdt the subject matter is rarely cerebral, intellectual or ideological. His thematics are simple although they are illustrated in meticulous detail. He observes the natural elements and simplifies them to their purest form. The subject matter is often landscapes and the celebration of the pastoral is evident in all his artworks.

A longtime resident of Eastern Townships in Quebec, Deberdt’s hyperrealist landscapes have enriched art lovers for over thirty-five years. He passed away peacefully at his home in the Eastern Townships on November 4, 2011.

Christian Deberdt is represented across Canada and in the United States and his work can be found in numerous public and private collections.

Daphne OdjigDaphne Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97. Click here for more details.

Odjig is frequently referred to as the "Grandmother of Indigenous Art." She has been the recipient of many awards, honours and recognitions for her works, to name a few: The Order of Canada, the Governor General's Award, and eight Honorary Doctorates. Her works have been shown in the National Gallery of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

She established the first native-run fine art print house in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1971. Known as 'Odjig Indian Prints,' this print house was so successful that it evolved into an Indigenous gallery space in 1974, called the New Warehouse Gallery, run by Odjig and her husband, Chester Beavon. She was also a founding member of the Indian Group of Seven. This artistic group's purpose was to promote Contemporary Indigenous art and artists.

Alex JanvierAlex Janvier's major retrospective, "Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master" is now on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary Indigenous artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions. This retrospective of his artwork is on display from 25 November 2016 to 17 April 2017.

(Photo credit: Kim Griffiths) Click here for more details.