Irène Loire-Maillard – Focus on Local Artists – Issue #18
For October, Winnipeg River Arts Council features Pinawa artist Irène Loire-Maillard, a member of both WRAC and Pinawa ART 211. Her work has been exhibited often in Eastman region and she has been a student and practitioner of fine arts for many years (oil, acrylic and watercolour, drawing, clay sculpting, stone carving and photography).
She has studied in various cities across Canada and of late, Southern Spain. She was also privately tutored in stone carving by an Inuit carver in Nunavut.
Her paintings reflect a blend of science and art. She has travelled extensively and uses memories of colour, sounds and smells of various cultures. Currently her passion has led her to create abstract landscapes, using various techniques to create texture, form, colour, composition, layering and clean lines. Fascinated with the origins of the universe, she is in awe of the beauty of naturally sculpted forms.
She states, “Abstract art evokes thinking, feeling and seeing with one’s own interpretation.” This is what she strives to accomplish with her art.
Loire-Maillard’s acrylic painting, “Influenced by Caravaggio,” won the first prize at the Eastman Judged Art Exhibition, held in Pinawa during June of 2013. This piece was displayed, along with other award winning works from rural and Northern Manitoba, at The 11th Annual Rural and Northern Art Show (September 9 to October 6) held in the Pavilion Gallery Museum in Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg
Loire-Maillard is interested in art forms of all kinds. She has lived and worked in Canada’s Arctic where she collected many fine examples of local visual arts and carvings. For several years, she belonged to a creative writing group based in Pinawa. Also, her husband, Roger Dutton, is a long-time member and fervent supporter of the Pinawa Players so she sometimes gets persuaded to become involved in their ever-popular community theatre productions.