Robert Savignac was born in 1946. A Montrealer by birth, he gives the city, its enclosed, intimate spaces, the freshness and vitality of the countryside.
Background and Career
Robert Savignac has always felt a compelling need to paint. In order to pursue his dream, he enrolled in an evening course in visual arts at the Cégep du Vieux-Montréal in his thirties. With his DEC in hand, he continued his studies at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). During this period, the painter remembers the pleasure he took in learning, in working with the material and in taming new techniques. From that time on, Savignac was already showing his colours; more of a craftsman than an intellectual, the artist put aside great analyses and theoretical studies in favour of a democratic art, an accessible and authentic painting. Since the beginning of the 1990s he has devoted himself full-time to his painting.
His work, his art
In his paintings, Robert Savignac reinvents the city by evoking neighbourhood parks, flourishing gardens, balconies laden with flower boxes, green lawns of summer pleasures and other proofs of the earth's fecundity.
His work, painted in oils, proposes inviting places where the plant world offers itself as an oasis. In his deliberately uninhabited paintings, the tree and the flowers are the masters. Through his work, the painter wants to deliver a message of joy and optimism. This is reflected in an avalanche of colours on his canvases, where the flowers contrast with the greens of the leafy trees. An impression of frank cheerfulness and a taste for happiness emanate from his paintings.
Savignac does not try to be realistic. He loves flowers, you can see that and he shows us a lot. He is enthusiastic and generous. Far from trying to reproduce reality, he takes every liberty with it. Rather than submitting to forms, he explores them, works on them. Although figurative, he is not concerned with the effects of depth; with him, perspective is discreet and theories remain abstractions. Happy audacity...
Robert Savignac is represented by the Au P'tit Bonheur Art Gallery since 1999, exclusively for Eastern Canada.