Biography of Yvon Gallant
Yvon Gallant was born in 1950 in Moncton (New Brunswick). One of Université de Moncton’s first graduates in Visual Arts, he was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in 1976. He has taught silk-screen printing in the Visual Arts Department at Université de Moncton and worked for the National Film Board to produce, among other projects, 33 illustrations for the movie La reconnaissance du chien, in collaboration with Viola Léger and Robert Melanson. He served as Managing Director of Galerie Sans Nom in Moncton (1984-1985) and was Curator of the postal art exhibition Exposition d’art postal (1987).
Gallant has shown his work in over 80 solo and group exhibitions in the Atlantic Region, across Canada and beyond. He has often worked in cooperation with other Moncton artists, notably with Nancy Morin, in an exhibition/performance entitled Travaux Monc/treal Works (1989) which concluded on six works by the two artists being torn into 36 pieces. The torn pieces were mixed up and entrusted to various persons for a period of 10 years, the intention being to reassemble the works for an exhibition in the year 2000.
In 1994, a retrospective exhibition entitled Yvon Gallant : d’après une histoire vraie, showing over 70 of the artist’s paintings, was organised by Terry Graff, while he was Director of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum, in Charlottetown (P.E.I). Graff’s 1995 monographic publication on the artist was based on the retrospective.
Gallant has been awarded several grants and prizes by the Canada Council for the Arts, the New Brunswick Arts Council and the Province of New Brunswick, including the Miller Britain Prize for excellence in the visual arts, in 1992. He also received a grant under New Brunswick’s Creation Grants program in 1995.
A proud Monctonian, the painter and printmaker draws much of his subject matter from his city and the surrounding area. His work is brimming with the day-to-day realities of his friends and the people in his immediate sphere.
Yvon Gallant was elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art in 2005.