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The second opening of Mother and Daughter by Mireille Tessier Bourbeau and Pascal Bourbeau

The second opening of Mother and Daughter by Mireille Tessier Bourbeau and Pascal Bourbeau

Pascal Bourbeau and her mother, painter Mireille Tessier Bourbeau, opened their second joint exhibition, Monday evening, at Gallery 203 in the Old Port of Montreal.

Inspired by the large gardens of the family farm, located in the eastern towns, the two artists were surrounded by about thirty of their works as well as their loved ones.



Pierre-Carl Péladeau, Mila Mulroney, Pascal Bourbeau, Mireille Tessier-Bourbeau, and Pauline Marois, during the opening of the “Duets” exhibition by artists Mireille Tessier-Bourbeau and Pascal Bourbeau, May 27, 2024.

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“Flowers come to us often. [Ma mère] He also has a lot of flowers and floral themes in his works. We thought it would be a good idea to do an exhibition together. It's also great to do it as a duo. We are not in competition because we are not doing the same thing; She draws and I take pictures. “I think we complement each other well,” explained Pascale Bourbeau, whose work recalls the flowers of fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon.

For her, who finds most of her subjects from her mother, “all flowers are beautiful.” It prefers roses, hibiscus, sunflowers and lilies, but also wildflowers and maple leaves.



The second opening of Mother and Daughter by Mireille Tessier Bourbeau and Pascal Bourbeau

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“The sunflower is a very strong flower that faces the sun, and it has a beautiful meaning, and so does the rose. Everyone loves roses, they are romantic. […] But one time I discovered them in the water too. Like the lily, I love this picture so much (jellyfish“It's as if I learned to love this flower more through photography,” the multidisciplinary artist added.

Like a fish in water

Pascale Bourbeau uses water as a photo studio. “The flower is light in the water. It floats. “And there is also something in the light reflecting on the petals and that is what I am trying to capture, this light that is cast on the flower,” described the artist who has been practicing this type of photography for about ten years.



The second opening of Mother and Daughter by Mireille Tessier Bourbeau and Pascal Bourbeau

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“I started taking pictures of flowers in the water, in the summer when the weather was nice. I took the flowers from… [le jardin de ma mère] And I photographed them. In doing so, I developed a certain expertise […] And it became a real passion for me to find myself in the pool with my goggles, sunglasses, and goggles on Suit “When the water gets really cold,” the artist explained with a laugh, emphasizing her admiration for her mother.



The second opening of Mother and Daughter by Mireille Tessier Bourbeau and Pascal Bourbeau

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The two women presented their first joint exhibition in the same two places in 2019.

In the same vein, this year's exhibition, which will be open to the public starting Wednesday, will include new pieces. Mireille Tessier-Boubeau, who chose a more flexible color palette, was inspired by photographs of flowers taken by her daughter to create new paintings.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the paintings and photographs will be donated to the Les Petits Rois Foundation, which works to promote the education and development of children with intellectual disabilities with or without disorders associated with the autism spectrum.

Exhibition the couple It will be on display at Galerie 203 in Old Montreal until June 17.