Johanne Brouillette is a Canadian abstract painter who has been living and working out of her studio located just North of Montréal for over 25 years. The artist studied and painted figurative landscapes in oil for 20 years but chose to never exhibit or sell her artwork.
Feeling bored and considering giving up her painting altogether, she finally decided to attend an abstract workshop in 2016 and immediately found her new passion. She has since taken numerous workshops, specialized courses and residencies and continues to perfect her art to this day. Inspired by Québec Automatistes painters such as Riopelle, Borduas and Ferron, she has found freedom of expression in abstraction pursued through automatism: an instinctive, unpremeditated form of creating art, and has created a fresh language all her own.
My search for balance is fundamental in my work. The challenge for me is to reconcile my natural tendency to perfect, polish and organize with my strong desire for freedom and disorder. Evidence of this can be seen in both my process and the finished product. Although the initial foundation is applied rather spontaneously and with limited censorship, the subsequent layering shows a strong influence on my conscious mind.
During this process, various marks, shapes and colours are added and then manipulated to build a complex yet intuitive painting. Upon first glance, the result often appears chaotic and almost random. As such, my work mirrors my internal struggle to find a balance between the opposing aspects of my personality. My works incorporate both intense raw emotion and quiet tranquillity and are a reflection of my recent experiences at any given time.
My purpose is to give voice to what is felt but unseen.
Johanne Brouillette is a jury-elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists and the Federation of Canadian Artists. Her abstract paintings have been included in over 80 regional, national and international juried exhibits and have been awarded several prizes. Her work is represented in galleries and both private and corporate collections throughout North America and Europe.