Geneviève Jost

Flowers in the Sky
oil on canvas, 43" ×53"
Cheveaux et bouleaux
oil on board, 16" × 20"
oil on board, 12" × 12"
Meeting in the Woods, 2020
oil on canvas, 26" x 20"
Le Cigale et la Fourmi
Le Cigale et la Fourmi, 2015
oil on canvas, 9" × 12"
Solitude, 2018
oil on board, 26" × 24"
L’Eau à la bouche (grande nature morte)
L’Eau à la bouche (grande nature morte), 2008
oil on canvas, 35" × 50"
Le Lion et le Buffle
Le Lion et le Buffle, 2015
oil on canvas, 48" × 36"
Little Circus, 2018
oil on board, 10.5" ×29"
Sweet Living
oil on canvas, 37" ×48"


Geneviève Jost

Geneviève Jost was born in Compiègne, France, and spent most of her childhood in Lorraine and Alsace. From a young age, she developed an interest in drawing and in the arts in general - literature, poetry, theatre, etc. She specialized in education and worked with troubled youths for several years.

Jost first visited Sherbrooke, Québec in 1965, and settled there permanently in 1967. It was following a visit to New York in 1966 where she attended an exhibition of primitive American painters that Jost decided to become a painter. Early in her career as an artist, in the mid-1970s, she was particularly drawn to painting on wood.

Jost is self-taught, painting in a manner akin to modern primitive art. She first painted in acrylics and only later came to use oils, which she now favours particularly for their transparent qualities. In 2009 the artist created 14 paintings, which were reproduced as illustrations for the children's book by Angèle Delaunois, entitled Le coquillage (Éditions d'Isatis). Jost is considered a naive painter and as such participates in many national and international exhibitions.

Her first solo exhibition at Galerie l'Art français was held in 1983. In 1989, she won a silver medal for the most original painting at the international show of Modern Primitive Art organized by the Galerie Pro Arte Kasper in Morges, Switzerland. In 1990, she was awarded the gold medal for the best painting at this show. Her works can be found in several Canadian and European galleries, and are included in many of the most prestigious collections.

The Subject

The artist's work is enchanting and unexpected, springing from imagination and memory. Jost has developed a pictorial language all her own, which distinguishes her work from that of other artists, be they "modern primitive" or not. The scenes portrayed by the artist - on the threshold of reality - give the impression that she lives on a time-plane slightly different from our own. She finds subjects for her paintings in the simplicity of everyday life and she is fond of stopping time through a gesture, an attitude or an atmosphere, in a manner similar to photography.


  • Musée International d'Art Naïf, Magog, Quebec
  • McMasters Art Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Musée d'art naïf de la ville de Paris, France
  • Musée de l'art naïf de l'Ile-de-France, Paris
  • Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • Musée de Charlevoix, Pointe au Pic
  • Private collections in Canada, Belgium, France, United States, Italy, Israel, Holland, Germany and Switzerland

Note: sold indicates the piece has been sold.

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 open at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario until January 21st, 2018. Afterwards, it will travel to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton and the Glenbow Museum in Calgary.

This exhibition was recently on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa and the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina. Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions. (Photo credit: Kim Griffiths)

Rita Letendre

It is with profound sadness that Gallery Gevik announces the passing of our dear friend Rita Letendre, one of Canada’s most renowned, trailblazing artists. She passed away on November 20, 2021 after a long illness. She was 93 years old.