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Fernand Duchesne was born on October 11th, 1959, in Longueil, Québec. In his childhood, he liked the smell of the material used in art classes. Always the first to attend classes and the last to leave, he will remember his very first teachers, Charles Anquetin, Madeleine Coté and Hélène Trépanier. At age 12, he asks his parents to enroll in organ classes taught by André Millot at Galipeau Musique. He will pursue these studies for 3 years.
At age 17, he finds a job at Discus Music World and 3 years later, he works in a workshop at the art gallery Encadrements Longueil, which is directed by Mr. and Mrs. André Gagnon. He is in charge of painting frames and exhibitions planning for famous Canadian artists such as Stanley Cosgrove and Marc-Aurèle Fortin. This is a crucial period in his career. He receives precious advices from painters he likes, and read many books about paintings. Then he obtains his degree from college in computers and starts, in 1999, a career as a self-taught painter. His paintings are from then, bought and appreciated by many collectors.
He works with oil and mixed techniques, using knife and spatula, adding synthetics and organics matters, mastic, linseed oil and varnish. About his work, he says it is an emotional and sentimental manifestation, where free elements and forms win over reality by sacrificing the original form. He dematerializes the elements of his subjects, and uses the concentric and/or eccentric projection of space. Painters such as Nicolas de Staël, Paul-Vanier Beaulieu and many others European or Canadian contemporary painters influence his work. He is a non-figurative painter, and is inspired by scenes and various landscapes. He creates colors, such as grey sometimes silky or dark and soft, with intense black and flaming red. HE uses relief to equilibrate colors, according to colors harmony. He is a member of l’Union des Artistes de Montreal .