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Alain Attar

Born in Fez, Morocco, 1957
Price range: $1300-$10,000

When I start to paint, I generally have no idea what I am going to do, and I only discover, little by little, as I paint, what is being created. A kind of dialogue between the canvas and me begins to take place, and it is within this dialogue that what may be termed the « painting » is born, as Matisse understood so well when he said; when he drew what he felt, his action was like that of a man groping in the dark to find his way. In the painting act, it is not always the eye that guides the hand: the hand can also guide the eye.

The route one takes, the dialogue one begins, are not planned or preconceived.  Going down these roads requires an openness and receptivity to the unpredictable and unexpected, similar to the way one feels as a child,  discovering  an object  for the first time, free of any analytical or affective judgment.  In this experience there is a primeval, initiatory force, a beginning, a birth.

The act of painting carries within itself something primal, each painting reinventing a new object, a new reality, a new space. In this sense, the act of painting is the « exercise of freedom ».

I do not give my paintings titles, in order to not control the viewer, since only the viewer can decide on the meaning of what he or she is looking at.  As such, the viewer is also free.    - Attar

EDUCATION

1983 MA, University of Montréal, QC

1990 MA, University of Montréal QC

1980 BA, Université du Québec, Montréal, QC

1978 BA in Arts, Cegep Lionnel Groulx, Montréal, QC

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011 Recents works, Sopa Gallery, British Columbia

2010 Recents works, Buguera Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

2009 Recent works, Jacana Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

2008 Recent works, Jacana Galley, Vancouver, British Columbia

2007 Recent works, Atelier gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

2006 Recent works, Gruen galleries, Chicago, Illinois, USA

2006 Recent works, Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta

2005 Fragment, Bugera Gallery, Alberta

2005 Recent Works, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

2004 Liens, Ingram Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2004 Kibo Galerie, Seattle, U.S.A

2004 Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta

2003 Recent Works, Kmet Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

2002 Memory, Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta

2002 Recent Works, Atelier Gallery, Art auction Museum of Vancouver

2001 Surfaces, The Buguera/ Kmet Galleries Ltd. Edmonton, Alberta

2001 Between past and present, Ingram Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2001 Memories, Kibo Galerie, Seattle, U.S.A

1999 Between, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

1998 Memory of Forgotten Doors, Simon Patrich Gallery, Vancouver, British Colombia

1997 Remembrance, Smolin Center, Vancouver, British Columbia

1996 Francophone Cultural Center, Vancouver, British Columbia

1995 Café des Arts, Vancouver, British Columbia

1994 Théâtre le Gésu, Montréal, Québec

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012 Sopa Gallery, British Columbia

2012 Gruen galleries, Chicago, Illinois, USA

2011 Sopa Gallery, British Columbia

2010 Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta

2010 Jacana, Gallery, Vancouver, British Colombia

2009 Kibo Galley, Galerie, Seattle, U.S.A

2008 Wallace Galleries, Alberta

2007 Sopa gallery, British Columbia

2007 Jacana Gallery, British Colombia

2006 Galerie St Laurent + Hill, Ontario

2005 Art Ark Kelowna, British Columbia

2005 Gruen galleries, Chicago, Illinois, USA

2005 Art Auction, Art for Life, British Columbia

2004 Art Auction, Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia

2004 Abstracted, Atelier Gallery, British Columbia

2004 Art Fair, Ingram Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2003 Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta

2003 Art Auction, Art for Life, British Columbia

2003 Denise Roberge Gallery, Palm Spring, California, USA

2003 Art Auction, Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia

2002 Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta

2002 Art Auction, Catalogue, Toronto, Ontario

2002 Art Auction, Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia

2002 Art Auction, Art for Life, British Columbia

2002 Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

2001 Art Auction, Catalogue, Toronto, Ontario

2001 Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta

2000 The Bugera / Kmet Galleries, Alberta

2000 Abstraction, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

1999 Art Auction 99, Catalogue, Vancouver, British Columbia

1999 Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Alberta

1998 International Art Exhibition, New York, U.S.A

1998 Art Auction, Art for Life, British Columbia

1998 Art Auction 98, Catalogue, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

1997 Art Auction, Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia

1996 Gallery Joan Lovett, Vancouver, British Columbia

1992 Saide Bronfman Centre, Montréal, Québec.

COLLECTIONS

Alain Attar’s works are included in various corporate and private collections in Canada, United States and Europe, including:

Serena Strum Architects, Chicago

Uniglobe Travel Ltd, Calgary, AB

CGI Corporate collections, Vancouver, BC

Foly, Hong and Elliot, Washington DC

Forfront Productions Corp. Vancouver, BC

Western Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC

Canadian Pacific, Ltd, Calgary, AB

Haywood Securities Inc, Calgary, AB

Lotus Resources Ltd, Calgary, AB

City of Calgary, AB

Hudson Ethnic design, Mexico

Pan Canadian (CEO), Calgary, AB

Passon Investments, Calgary, AB

Collection McLeod and Cie, Calgary, AB

Kibo African art, Seattle, WA

Collection Maxxam development, AB

Collection M. Alhadeff, Seattle, WA

Collection Guenneguez, Seattle, WA

Collection 21 Century, Toronto, ON

Collection Peng, Hong Kong

Collection Jan Sewell, Seattle, WA