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Lynne Marsh, Anna and the Tower (2014). 3 channel HD video installation, Toronto International Film Festival | Courtesy of Lynne Marsh/Tintype Gallery
Lynne Marsh, Anna and the Tower (2014). 3 channel HD video installation, Toronto International Film Festival | Courtesy of Lynne Marsh/Tintype Gallery

10 Contemporary Artists From Montreal You Should Know

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Updated: 12 June 2017
Montreal both inspires and is inspired by a wide range of art and creativity. Not limited to the city’s world-class galleries, visual arts spill out onto the streets in the form of inventive architecture, murals, and street art, adding both color and texture to the city’s neighborhoods. Here are 10 local artists whose creative work you must see.

Celia Perrin Sidarous

Celia Perrin Sidarous lives and works in Montreal. While pursuing an MFA at Concordia University, focusing on photography, she also did an exchange at Kunsthøgskolen, in Oslo, Norway. Her work, combining images and objects, has appeared in solo and group exhibitions at venues such as Parisian Laundry in Montreal (2013); the Banff Centre (2013); FOFA Gallery, Montreal (2012); and others in Montreal and Toronto. She has had her images published in Canada and abroad as well.

Josée Pedneault

Josée Pedneault received her MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University, where she has also taught in the photography program. She has shown her multi-media work, which incorporates paintings, sculptures, photographs, and large-scale public installations, across Canada as well as abroad. In 2016–17, her show Naevus combined different materials in order to grapple with questions of fate, identity, and uncertainty, reflecting her overall artistic mission to explore “notions of fate, chance, utopia and dystopia, and the construction of personal mythologies.”

Josée Pedneault, Naevus (2016). Installation at the Daegu Photo Biennale, South Korea
Josée Pedneault, Naevus (2016). Installation at the Daegu Photo Biennale, South Korea | © Josée Pedneault

Lynne Marsh

Lynne Marsh studied art in Montreal and London, has operated out of Berlin and is currently living in Los Angeles. Her art—featuring moving image, performance, and installation—emphasizes the “camera’s performance as a means to reconfigure social space, presenting the mechanics that create an experience as a type of theatre or performance in its own right.”

Lynne Marsh, Stadium (2008). HD video installation at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
Lynne Marsh, Stadium (2008). HD video installation at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal | Courtesy of Lynne Marsh/ Tintype Gallery

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