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A surge of artistic passion inspired us to open a gallery in the Saint-Sulpice Hôtel Montréal. Quite simply the magic of famous Quebec Designer Jean-Claude Poitras’ artwork captivated us.

Discover his work on all 5 floors of the hotel.

For an immersive tour, we invite you to select the floor where you are by clicking the main menu or by scrolling down this page, and click the orange button ‘play’.

START THE VISIT

2nd Floor
THE CICADAS

Text by Jean-Claude Poitras, music by François Dompierre : Les portes tournantes


The cicadas are agitated, they’re on edge
They emerge and hide again
As the roses lose their bloom
In a forest of broken hearts
Life is like a film
Women on the wind in love with freedom


Technique : The Cicadas is the reflection of the fashion designer’s soul. These drawings are true homage to the female form.
Indian ink, acrylic and mixed media on rice paper

3rd Floor
EMBOSSED

Text by Jean-Claude Poitras, music by François Dompierre : Vague à l’âme


My imagination is winged with
Endless night and film noir
I imagine you already aloft in the firmament
Angels pass
A hint of melancholy and the soul is swept in the evening’s wave
As if for eternity


Technique : With Embossed Jean-Claude Poitras restates his passion for abstract expressionism with the dialectic of black and white, positive and negative.
Chiefly acrylic (for its density and remarkable texture) on handcrafted Quebec paper made of recycled cotton

4th Floor
CANVAS

Text by Jean-Claude Poitras, music by François Dompierre : Violons du diable


Come hell or high water
Behind every shadow is inevitable light
I want to hear beyond your words
Life may bear a fuller soul
A legacy of perfume
A complicit glance
Let me dream of dawn


Technique : Early black and white experiments on canvas. The abstract forms are the expression of an artistic quest for purity and movement.
Acrylic on canvas.

5th Floor
BOAS AND FURBELOWS

Texte by Jean-Claude Poitras, read by Karin Janssen, music by François Dompierre, violin-player Angèle Dubeau, Fantasia improvisto cordes


Forever rediscovering the joy of life dancing
to the rhythm of my vagabond soul
I sail between shoals of my life and my desires
towards new horizons
Good night, sweet dreams
Take up the dance and find a child’s soul, again
My ready to love from here,
there and everywhere
An ode to the joy of being
An invitation to the fiesta!


Technique : The explosive colours of the Boas & Furbelows collection underline his affection for the inks and pastels of automatism.
Works on Washi paper – a traditional Japanese handcrafted paper following millennial old methods

6th Floor
CICADA ON GLASS

Text by Jean-Claude Poitras, music by François Dompierre : Reste avec moi instant 1


Shadows redolent
Of that moment of looming clouds
We are born alone and die alone
I love loving madly
The day I stop dreaming will signal my end
My life will have been a stroll
I clothe myself in you
I was just passing by
Tracing Isadora Duncan’s path


Technique : An innovative work with ink of ceramic pigments applied to the glass plate, which was then fired in a high technology kiln for a permanent inlay.

The Artist

Jean-Claude Poitras’ remarkable body of work stretches back to 1972. Early on, his collections were celebrated on prestigious fashion runways across the globe and he soon was acclaimed as Canada’s leading fashion light. His international renown earned him the Ordre national du Québec as well as the Order of Canada. He then turned is talents to reimagining dining elegance and interior design. Now he devotes himself to painting and is represented by Gallery Roccia, of Montreal.

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The Composer

François Dompierre is one of Quebec’s most important living composers. His range is vast: popular music and musical theatre, concert music and, most importantly, film scores created for directors Denis Arcand, Michel Brault, Alain Chartrand, André Melançon, Claude Chabrol… He also guest conducts and has led the Opéra de Paris, Bulgarian Radio Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec. He continues to work with artists of the highest calibre and hosts “Les Détours de Dompierre” on Radio-Canada’s Espace Musique every Sunday.

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