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CARMEN GONZALEZ

Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA

Tel. : Mobile : 780-710-1812

Email : carmengonzalez@shaw.ca

Site : www.gallerygonzalez.com

 

 

 

Paintings with detailed descriptions.pdf

 

BIOGRAPHY 

 

 

Carmen (Bourassa) Gonzalez was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada by her French Canadian parents.  Today, she still resides in Edmonton where she lives with her Chilean born husband and their three children.  She works full time as a visual fine artist and is active in the artist community.

 

Carmen grew up watching her artist mother paint and draw which sparked her love for art at a young age.  During her teenage years, she spent most of her spare time drawing.  However, after completing high school, her life took on a different path away from art.   Then, after a life changing experience in 2006, Carmen was guided back to pursue her dream of becoming an artist.  She began her artist career as a watercolourist while being a full time mother and soon began selling her art.

 

In 2009, she enrolled in the Visual Fine Arts program at the Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta.  She graduated in April 2013 with her Solo Exhibition.  During her studies, she discovered her fun contemporary pop/realism style.  Her compositions are happy, playful, and nostalgic with the use of colour and patterns.

 

Carmen is a member of NOA (Night of the Artists, Edmonton).  She also attained Signature level with SWCA (Society of Western Canadian Artists, Edmonton).  As well, in 2017, she was part of the artist team for Mural Mosaic 150.  Mural Mosaic began this project to create, design, and install huge mosaic murals all across Canada to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.  Each mural contains 100s of small hand painted tiles which were painted by the people from each Canadian community as well as the Mural Mosaic artist team. 

 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT 

 

 

I strive to create unique, bold, and playful compositions that make people smile.  My inspiration comes from objects.  I love everything about objects - their shape, colour, and texture as well as the emotions attached to them.  Even objects such as candy can stirs up strong emotions.  Every time I watched my children eat certain candies, I found myself reminiscing of my childhood.  Candy can bring out the “inner child” within all of us.   As an artist, I wanted to capture these childhood emotions/memories through my paintings.

 

Another one of my goals was to stimulate the viewer’s senses of sight, taste, smell, and touch through realism and amplified colours.  I want viewers to “taste it with their eyes” which then triggers physical and emotional sensations causing hunger, thirst, joy, excitement, comfort, and perhaps guilt or regret. 

 

In addition, I love designing patterns and including them into my still life paintings.  Each and every pattern inspires me and evoke emotions.  My patterns are designed to enhance and add zest to my still life objects making my paintings jump out with boldness while also giving them a nostalgic feel.  Patterns remind me of wallpaper as my generation grew up in homes covered with wallpaper which made me happy.

 

 

EDUCATION

 

 

Sept 2009 to April 2013  - Visual Fine Arts, University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension

 

Sept 1993 to April 1996 – Engineer Design and Drafting Program, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) 

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

 

Dec 2017 to Jan 2018

 

Highlevel Diner, Solo Show

 

 

2016

 

June 2016 - Scotia Place Gallery, juried group exhibit for SWCA members

 

 

2014

 

Oct 2014  - Tasting with Your Eyes - Daffodil Gallery, Solo Exhibition

 

Jun 2014  - Colourful Candy Memories - Garden Cafe Gallery, Misericordia Hospital

 

 

2013

 

Nov 2013  - Curiosity Show, VASA Gallery, SWCA exhibition

 

Nov 2013  - Mixed Media, CAVA, group exhibition

 

April 2013 - Lure of Colourful Candy, Graduate Solo Exhibition, UofA Extension Gallery

 

 

2011

 

April 2011 - Femmes en Or, CAVA, group exhibition

 

 

2010

 

Sept 2010 - Fourteen, Scotia Place Gallery, juried group exhibit for SWCA members

 

Mar 2010 - Celebration of Colours, CAVA, group exhibit

 

 

2009

 

Dec 2009 - Miniatures,  CAVA, group exhibition

 

Oct 2009 - Two Doze,  Scotia Place Gallery, juried group exhibit for SWCA members

 

Mar 2009 - Variety of Life, CAVA, group exhibition

 

 

2008

 

Dec 2008 - Miniatures, Centre d’arts visuels de l’Alberta (CAVA), group exhibit 

 

 

EVENTS/FESTIVALS 

 

 

2018

 

Sept 2018 - Strathearn ArtWalk, Edmonton

 

July 2018 – KDays – Night Market, Edmonton

 

July 2018 –Whyte Ave ArtWalk, Edmonton

 

Mar 2018 – Night of Artist, Festival of Art and Music, St. Albert

 

 

2017

 

Sept 2017 – Strathearn ArtWalk, Edmonton

 

July 2017 – Whyte Ave ArtWalk, Edmonton

 

Mar 2017 – Night of Artists (NOA), Festival of Art and Music, St. Albert

 

 

2016

 

Dec 2016 – Pop-Up heART Market, 124 Street, Edmonton

 

Sept 2016 – Strathearn ArtWalk, Edmonton

 

Sept 2016 – Riverbend “Art in the Park”, Edmonton

 

July 2016 – Whyte Ave ArtWalk, Edmonton

 

Mar 2016 – Night of Artists, Festival of Art and Music, St. Albert

 

 

2015

 

Sept 2015 – Griesbach Art in the Park, Edmonton

 

Sept 2015 – Riverbend “Art in the Park”, Edmonton

 

July 2015 – Taste of Edmonton

 

July 2015 – Whyte Ave ArtWalk, Edmonton

 

Mar 2015 – Night of Artists (NOA), Festival of Art and Music, St. Albert

 

 

2014

 

Nov 2014 – NOA Christmas Art Show/Sale, Edmonton

 

Nov 2014 – Make It: Handmade Revolution Art/Craft Fair, St. Albert

 

Sept 2014 - Riverbend “Art in the Park”, Edmonton

 

Sept 2014 – Annual Kaleido Family Festival, Edmonton

 

July 2014 – Whyte Ave ArtWalk, Edmonton

 

May 2014 – Butterdome Spring Craft Show, Edmonton

 

May 2014 – EEK Pop Cuture Festival, St. Albert

 

Mar 2014 – Night of Artists, Festival of Art and Music, St. Albert

 

 

2013

 

Nov 2013 – Make It: Handmade Revolution Art/Craft Fair, St. Albert

 

Sept 2013 – Annual Kaleido Family Festival, Edmonton

 

July 2013 – Taste of Edmonton, Edmonton

 

July 2013 – Whyte Ave ArtWalk, Edmonton

 

Mar 2013 – Night of Artists, Festival of Art and Music, St. Albert

 

 

2012

 

Nov 2012 – Make It: Handmade Revolution Art/Craft Fair, St. Albert

 

Oct 2012 – Urban Mommy Expo, Craft Fair, Edmonton

 

Sept 2012 – Annual Kaleido Family Festival, Edmonton

 

July 2012 – Whyte Ave ArtWalk, Edmonton

 

 

2011

 

Mar 2011 – 7th Annual Wine & Cheese Art Night, Freemasons Hall, Edmonton

 

Jun 2011 – Park(ed), City of Edmonton event, hired to be a Chalk Artist

 

July 2011 – Whyte Ave ArtWalk, Edmonton

 

Sept 2011 – Annual Kaleido Family Festival, Edmonton

 

 

2010

 

Jan 2010 – Deep Freeze Festival, Arts on Ave Gallery, juried, Edmonton

 

Jun 2010 – Park(ed), City of Edmonton event, hired to be a Chalk Artist

 

 

2009

 

Sept 2009 – Arts in the Wild, Edmonton Valley Zoo, fundraiser for Zoo

 

 

2008

 

Sept 2008 – Arts in the Wild, Edmonton Valley Zoo, fundraiser for Zoo 

 

 

PUBLICATIONS 

 

 

2018 issue of NOA Night of Artists Magazine, Edmonton, AB, Canada

 

2017 issue of NOA Night of Artists Magazine, Edmonton, AB, Canada

 

2016 issue of NOA Night of Artists Magazine, Edmonton, AB, Canada

 

2015 issue of NOA Night of Artists Magazine, Edmonton, AB, Canada

 

2014 issue of NOA Night of Artists Magazine, Edmonton, AB, Canada

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