Patrice Cantin

Patrice Cantin // Université du Québec à Montréal
Program : arts visuels et médiatiques – complété en 2012

Patrice (Pat) Cantin was born in Jonquière, Québec on November 27th, 1978. After obtaining a degree in photography and painting from the Jonquière CEGEP, he continued studying visual and media arts at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, and obtained his BAC from Université du Québec à Montréal. He explored the inter-disciplinary aspects of painting and performance, as well as painting and music, which will clearly influence his subsequent work. Early on, Cantin remembers drawing… everywhere. “ I would be drawing on my locker at school, in my notebooks, diaries, and on my skateboards.” An object once drawn on is an object no more but becomes his creation. Cantin could have become a graffitist but his numerous interests led him towards a different journey. At the age of 17, Cantin started painting. Six years later, he undertook a series of albums as a composer ( For four years he pursued his artistic work as a DJ in the Montreal scene (MUTEK, Picnik Électronik). He is led back to painting as he deepens photography ( since 2009. Cantin does not identify with any specific artistic movement; he explores abstract as much as figurative present-day art. His creation process comes in two steps. The idea of a painting comes firstly from a composition and a colour. Composition, mostly in regards to his abstract works, is very often the addition of various ideas over time. “I don’t take notes. Forms, atmospheres, colours, just stack up in my mind.” The materialization on the canvas often suddenly appears from the previous work. There can be superposing at the beginning of a painting but it is the movement on the material that conditions the rest of the work. The result is never predetermined. “I like everything that has to do with creation. I experiment with everything. I have so many projects; it is an obligation to get out of bed in the morning. For Cantin, to give shape to artistic matter is a thrilling adventure.