NOSTALGIC REALISM
Art Market|Issue #55 January 2021
An exclusive interview with Jacinthe Rivard
Jacinthe Rivard

"A bottle of Coke is a bottle of Coke, but put it under a spotlight, and it becomes a star!" - Jacinthe Rivard

A native of Montreal, Jacinthe Rivard resides in Saint-Lazare, after living for many years in Vaudreuil-Dorion. Jacinthe Rivard paints everyday objects, those of our daily life, those that inspire her, and above all, shine. Her muse is light, the one reflected in glass, metal, or even simple plastic packaging. No need for divine revelation to make the artist want to paint or ascribe existential meaning to his creations. Only spontaneity and envy guide her.

In her creative process, Jacinthe is also a photographer. She loves playing with her camera and light effects, knowing that a beautiful photo will always become a beautiful painting.

From her point of view, life is too short and her list too long. Her paintings are sold mainly in Canada and The United States, also internationally in several galleries and art fairs. Jacinthe also accepts commissions if the subject inspires her.

Art Market Magazine: Thank you, Jacinthe, for having an interview with Art Market Magazine. We were very impressed by your work's quality, with a very high realistic technique, mainly with painting transparent glass, plastic, and other materials where the light is reflected so clearly. So let's start from the beginning. Can you tell our readers about your background in painting? Did you grow up in an artistic family?

Jacinthe Rivard: Thank you! It's a pleasure having this interview. I have always been artistic for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I remember my father bringing home the stacks of reports from his job, you know, the ones that used to be folded like an accordion with holes all along the edges. Well, I would use those to create hundreds of masterpieces in watercolors. I was always good at reproducing what I saw. I would create from my imagination, but I always came back to realistic subjects. It was always what I enjoyed the most.

I studied fashion design because I figured it would be a career where I could draw and be creative, but it wasn't what I thought it would be… I didn't anticipate all the sewing! I hate sewing! So in 2012, I decided painting was what I wanted to do with my life. I started painting every day. It's incredible how practice can make you grow.

I did it by myself—no art teachers. I just did it until I figured it out. I don't know, but I think I might have invented a new painting technique, hahaha! So I started posting my art on online galleries, and luckily for me, I got a lot of positive responses, and I started selling every painting I made.

A.M.: Many artists are trying to accomplish such a high realistic technique, but for you, it seems it's coming quickly and naturally. How did you gain such an impressive high technique?

J.R.: I wish I had a clear answer. I basically just do it. I see the color I need to mix, and I mix it. I see the spot where I need to put down that color, and I put it. Maybe I see things differently than most people? More clearly? I don't know.

As I said before, I figured it out by myself. Perhaps that's why I was able to do it so quickly. I don't think I paint the same way other realistic painters do. A lot of them work in layers. That seems time-consuming and hard. Don't get me wrong, I love the results, and I admire that dedication, but it's just not the technique that works for me. I need to work faster, and I can't wait for things to dry… I don't have that kind of self-control!

A.M.: What led you to choose in Still life, mainly from the 70's objects?

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