Alain Attar

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Artist Statement

When I start to paint, I generally have no idea what I am going to do, and I only discover, little by little, as I paint, what is being created. A kind of dialogue between the canvas and me begins to take place, and it is within this dialogue that what may be termed the « painting » is born, as Matisse understood so well when he said; when he drew what he felt, his action was like that of a man groping in the dark to find his way. In the painting act, it is not always the eye that guides the hand: the hand can also guide the eye.

The route one takes, the dialogue one begins, are not planned or preconceived.  Going down these roads requires an openness and receptivity to the unpredictable and unexpected, similar to the way one feels as a child,  discovering  an object  for the first time, free of any analytical or affective judgment.  In this experience there is a primeval, initiatory force, a beginning, a birth.

The act of painting carries within itself something primal, each painting reinventing a new object, a new reality, a new space. In this sense, the act of painting is the « exercise of freedom ».

I do not give my paintings titles, in order to not control the viewer, since only the viewer can decide on the meaning of what he or she is looking at.  As such, the viewer is also free.    - Attar

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011   Recents works, Sopa Gallery, British Columbia

2010   Recents works, Buguera Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

2009    Recent works, Jacana Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

2008    Recent works, Jacana Galley, Vancouver, British Columbia

2007    Recent works, Atelier gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

2006    Recent works, Gruen galleries, Chicago, Illinois, USA

2006    Recent works, Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta

2005    Fragment, Bugera Gallery, Alberta

2005    Recent Works, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

2004    Liens, Ingram Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2004    Kibo Galerie, Seattle, U.S.A

2004    Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta       

2003    Recent Works, Kmet Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

2002    Memory, Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta

2002    Recent Works, Atelier Gallery, Art auction Museum of Vancouver

2001    Surfaces, The Buguera/ Kmet Galleries Ltd. Edmonton, Alberta

2001    Between past and present, Ingram Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2001    Memories, Kibo Galerie, Seattle, U.S.A

1999    Between, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

1998    Memory of Forgotten Doors, Simon Patrich Gallery, Vancouver, British Colombia

1997    Remembrance, Smolin Center, Vancouver, British Columbia

1996    Francophone Cultural Center, Vancouver, British Columbia

1995    Café des Arts, Vancouver, British Columbia

1994    Théâtre le Gésu, Montréal, Québec

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012    Sopa Gallery, British Columbia

2012    Gruen galleries, Chicago, Illinois, USA

2011    Sopa Gallery, British Columbia

2010   Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta

2010   Jacana, Gallery, Vancouver, British Colombia

2009    Kibo Galley, Galerie, Seattle, U.S.A

2008   Wallace Galleries, Alberta

2007    Sopa gallery, British Columbia

2007    Jacana Gallery, British Colombia

2006    Galerie St Laurent + Hill, Ontario

2005    Art Ark Kelowna, British Columbia

2005    Gruen galleries, Chicago, Illinois, USA

2005    Art Auction, Art for Life, British Columbia

2004    Art Auction, Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia

2004    Abstracted, Atelier Gallery, British Columbia

2004    Art Fair, Ingram Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2003    Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta

2003    Art Auction, Art for Life, British Columbia

2003    Denise Roberge Gallery, Palm Spring, California, USA

2003    Art Auction, Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia

2002    Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta

2002    Art Auction, Catalogue, Toronto, Ontario

2002    Art Auction, Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia

2002    Art Auction, Art for Life, British Columbia

2002    Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

2001    Art Auction, Catalogue, Toronto, Ontario

2001    Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta

2000    The Bugera / Kmet Galleries, Alberta

2000    Abstraction, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

1999    Art Auction 99, Catalogue, Vancouver, British Columbia

1999    Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta

1998    International Art Exhibition, New York, U.S.A

1998    Art Auction, Art for Life, British Columbia

1998    Art Auction 98, Catalogue, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

1997    Art Auction, Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia

1996    Gallery Joan Lovett, Vancouver, British Columbia

1992    Saide Bronfman Centre, Montréal, Québec

COLLECTIONS

Alain Attar's works are included in various corporate and private collections in Canada, the United States and Europe, including:

Bow Valley College, Calgary, AB
United Way
Serena Strum Architects, Chicago
Uniglobe Travel Ltd, Calgary, AB
CGI Corporate collections, Vancouver, BC
Foly, Hong and Elliot, Washington DC
Forfront Productions Corp. Vancouver, BC
Western Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC
Canadian Pacific, Ltd, Calgary, AB
Haywood Securities Inc, Calgary, AB
Lotus Resources Ltd, Calgary, AB
Hanna Oil & Gas, Calgary, AB
Earl's Restaurant, BC
Pason, Calgary, AB
City of Calgary, AB

Hudson Ethnic design, Mexico
Pan Canadian (CEO), Calgary, AB
Passon Investments, Calgary, AB
Collection McLeod and Cie, Calgary, AB
Kibo African art, Seattle, WA
Collection Maxxam development, AB
Collection M. Alhadeff, Seattle, WA
Collection Guenneguez, Seattle, WA
Collection 21 Century, Toronto, ON
Collection Peng, Hong Kong
Collection Jan Sewell, Seattle, WA

EDUCATION

1983     MA, University of Montréal, QC

1990     MA, University of Montréal QC

1980     BA, Université du Québec, Montréal, QC

1978     BA in Arts, Cegep Lionnel Groulx, Montréal, QC

Artist

Alain Attar

Born in Fez, Morocco, 1957
Price range: $1300-$10,000