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Artistic Statement

He graduate of the famous Saint-Jean-Port-Joli sculpture school in 1973 in Quebec, and after several years teaching wood Sculpture, he continued his research molding metals, bronze and aluminum for sculptures.

Later, having used glass in certain pieces, his interest in this medium grew and he started molding glass.

With the grants he received, he was able to continue and deepen his exploration in Montreal, New York and Seattle, under Francois Houdé, Bertil Vallien, Gene Koss and Hank Murta Adams, respectively.

He has continued experimenting this technique to produce glass sculptures associated with other materials such as wood, bronze, stone, etc. He starts his first small studio in 1995 in Drummondville to be able to work as he want... Five years later he moved everything and build his own studio with more space in the country were he lives now, about 35 minutes South of Montreal.

Casting glass in sand mold, for doing large sculptural pieces, is the way to experiment and create his one soul, like the musician with his instruments, he plays with the sand to create a mold were the glass can take place and be able to give concrete expression of his mind.

The final touch is done at the end, after polishing some parts and when he put the piece as well as, on steel base, or wood post, or on the wall. He try to give through the glass the impression of lightness, sacred, and witty.

Tunic, kimono, robe, armor, shield-glass worker Gilles Payette interprets these objects through multiple representations, experimenting with form and color: solidifying, twisting, molding, exploring transparency and opacity. By concentrating on and deconstructing these objects that protect, that cover, that engirt the body, his work evolves into a meditation on our physicality and the core experience that gives each of us a sense of our selves.

Gilles Payette is a well known figure in Quebec fine crafts. He has show extensively in Quebec, Ontario and the US and Europe; he has received many grants and accolades in support of his work. His sculptures can be found in private, public, and institutional collections nationwide.