Dominique Blain Visual Artist
Montréal, Quebec

Dominique Blain’s worldview is crystallized in her oeuvre, which is in a constant state of renewal. Often considered political, her practice is a formal translation of her critical viewpoint on the world. Her body of work speaks to universal topics close to human fate. Major exhibitions have been dedicated to her work, including at the UQAM gallery, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and the Arnolfini International Centre for Contemporary Arts, in Bristol, UK, and have circulated in several large cities across Canada, the UK, Europe and the US. She has created several major public works of art, namely at the Maison symphonique and the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, as well as at the CBC headquarters, in Toronto. In 2014, the Quebec government bestowed upon her its highest distinction, the Paul-Émile Borduas Award. In 2019, the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris presented a major exhibition that was then circulated to the Centre de creation contemporaine Olivier Debré, in Tours, France, in 2020, and at the Château de Chambord, in 2021. Dominique Blain lives and works in Montréal, Quebec.

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“Dominique Blain has worked as a visual artist for more than 40 years. The excellence of her work has not diminished during that time and finds expression in the aesthetics and commitment through which she has had a powerful impact on the Canadian and international art scene. […] Blain’s worldview is expressed in a constantly renewed œuvre that combines objects and images that reveal a world bereft of benchmarks. Often regarded as political, her art primarily speaks to us in the language of humanism.” 

Nominator: Louise Déry, Galerie de l’UQAM 

“Often regarded as political, her art primarily speaks to us in the language of humanism.”

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