Michel Daigneault

Artist Profile

Michel Daigneault is an artist among the generation of new abstracts painters that came after Abstract Painting. For those earlier painters, it seemed that everything had been said and done in abstraction, but Daigneault’s paintings reveal new pictorial possibilities. Although his paintings are clearly non-figurative, they constantly play with the concept, colours, forms and space of figuration. These elements encourage the viewer to read the painting through analogy. Gaston Saint-Pierre describes this aspect of Daigneault’s work. “Michel Daigneault’s painting is governed by interference, convergence and the mutability of systems and visual styles. In his painting, we are not in the field of illusion, but in the field of allusion”.

What makes Daigneault’s paintings unique is his ability to be at one and the same time seductive, visionary and ambiguous yet resistant to the perils of painterly pathos. The spectator confronted by the constant mutation of images gets drawn like a child, into exploring each and every detail. According to Serge Tisseron, this way of approaching an image “…allows the viewer not only to apprehend an image but certainly to enter and inhabit it”. These paintings allow us to create associations, which in turn transform our perception of the various elements of the paintings.

Michel Daigneault was born in Montreal, where he completed a B.A. in Fines Arts at Concordia University and a Master in Art History at the Université de Montréal. He has exhibited in a number of solo and group shows across Canada, in the United States and France. His work is represented in many public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Collection Desjardins, the Musée de Joliette and the Canada Council Art Bank. As a professor, Daigneault joined York University’s Visual Arts Department in 2002. His previous teaching appointments were at Ohio State University; Columbus, Nova Scotia School of Art and Design, Halifax; Emily Carr School of Art and Design; Vancouver; and the University of Lethbridge; Alberta. He has also taught at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Quebec and École nationale d’art de Cergy Pontoise in France. He is currently represented in the exhibition La question de l'abstraction at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal.


2013Galerie Trois Points | Émilie Grandmont Bérubé
 Michel Daigneault - Je l'ai vu de mes propres yeux | 18 octobre
2007ETC Montréal (no.80) | James D. Campbell
 A “dangerous” painting | 1 décembre
2007Le Devoir | René Viau
 Michel Daigneault : attention, terrain miné ! | 5 mai
2005Le Devoir | Lamarche, Bernard
 Des généalogies qui parlent | 16 avril
2001ETC Montréal | Pascale Beaudet
 Carthographie et flux | 1 avril
2001The globe and mail | Gary michael Dault
 Michel Daigneault at Pari Nadimi | 1 mars
2001 |
 Art as visual puzzles puts the viewer into the role of... | 1 janvier
2000Canadian Art (spring) | Gary Michael Dault
 Don’t look at me like that | 1 avril
2000Canadian Art | Gary michael Dault
 Don't look at me like that | 1 mars
2000The globe and mail |
 Michel Daigneault at Pari Nadimi | 1 janvier
1999Biennale du dessin, de l’estampe et du papier-matière du Québec | Nathalie Côté
 Matière à Réflexion | 11 août
1999Progres-Dimanche | Paul-Émile Thériault
 LA 6e édition propose des oeuvres étonnantes | 27 juin
1998Vie des arts | Jean-Jacques Bernier
 Michel Daigneault : Grammaire de la vision | 1 mai
1998Canadian Art |
 Abstract Painting Peinture abstraite | 1 janvier
1996Le Devoir | Bernard Lamarche
 Le retour du refoulé | 15 décembre
1996Les petites affiches | Pierres Mérite
 Exposition Michel Daigneault a Gennevilliers | 12 avril
1996Jounal de Gennevil | Eric Boullenger
 L'abstraction s'explique | 1 janvier
1994C magasine | Marie Perrault
 Michel Daigneault | 1 janvier
1994Etc Montréal | GAvin Affleck
 Perspectives on space-making | 1 janvier
1993Le Devoir | Mona Hakim
 La peinture formaliste ' nouveau genre' | 5 septembre
1993Dépliant Galerie |
 Dépliant Galerie | 1 janvier
1992The globe and mail | Kate Taylor
 Art About | 3 janvier
1991La Presse | Raymond Bernathez
 Recherche sur les tons chaud et froids, ainsi que marteau et enclume | 20 janvier
1991Le devoir | Jean Dumont
 Daigneault, Jarnuszkiewicz : le contenu en... | 1 janvier
1985Vanguard | Jean Tourangeau
 Peinture au Québec | 1 septembre
1985The post | Lois Crawford
 Artis' various interiors interpret a common theme | 19 mai
1984Parachute | René Payant
 Travestissements architecturaux | 1 janvier