Saturday, February 16, 2013

Spirit of Manitou Studio Trail 2013

Michael Gaudet is a well-established professional artist who specializes in large-scale murals, portraiture, landscape and historic paintings. 

In the Zone (Acrylics on canvas 16" x 20", 2013.)
The Magic Cup (Acrylics on canvas 18" x 24" 2012)

His murals are meticulously researched to achieve a high standard of accuracy and design. The muralist is kept busy designing, painting and installing permanent, archival-quality productions for a diverse clientele including towns throughout Saskatchewan, private businesses, organizations and the Church. His most ambitious mural to date was commissioned by Sacred Heart Chaldean Catholic Church in Saskatoon and unveiled on March 3rd, 2011. Please visit the project blog to read more about this ongoing commission. To view a selection of Gaudet's recent murals, please visit his MURALS website. 

Portrait commissioned by Bill Burley of Regina SK. (Acrylics on canvas 18" x 24" 2012) 

Another specialty is the very challenging genre of 'portraiture'. Gaudet has drawn and painted hundreds of portraits over the years and has now reached the point with his expertise where he is fully capable of rendering a very convincing likeness of the physical attributes of his subject. The challenge now is to go beyond a mere physical resemblance to the model in search of the more elusive 'feeling' of the person. He insists that a truly successful portrait must not only 'look' like the model but must also 'feel' like the person. In other words, his best work reflects the deeper spiritual and psychic essence of the model. 


Gaudet is on a life-long painting adventure. His paintings are rich in color and detail that explore the everyday things around him with a concentrated fascination. Gaudet studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with New York figure painter Eric Fischl and Dutch color field painter Jan Andriesse. This exposure to international art and artists continues to exert an influence on his work to this day. He paints with acrylics in the European style of the old masters, using multiple transparent glazes to achieve rich, jewel-like colors and vivid contrast.

In the fall of 2012, Michael and his partner Sharon went on an extended painting holiday to Nova Scotia where he created a series of seven pieces that pay homage to the land and sea where he was born and raised.

From Nova Scotia with Love (Acrylics on canvas, all 18" x 24")

Beach-Combers (SOLD)

U-Pick Apples (at Hennigar's in the Annapolis Valley, N.S.)

Fishing Village at Peggy's Cove 1 (SOLD)

Low Tide at Belliveau Cove, N.S. (SOLD)

Fishing Village at Peggy's Cove 2

Chatty Starling at Halifax Wharf  (SOLD)

Full-On Fall Foliage (SOLD)
Little River, N.S.

G-G's Gallery & Gifts

In 2010, Gaudet and his partner Sharon Gibson established 'G-G's Gallery & Gifts' as an addition to their residence at the Resort Village of Manitou Beach. This seasonal business has been very successful as it taps into the well-established tourist trade that has been an economic and cultural staple of the Resort Village for generations. G-G's Gallery & Gifts offers the public a 'living portfolio' where they can meet the artist, see his original artwork on display and view his extensive portfolio of mural commissions all in one visit. Please visit Gaudet's'Art Blog' to stay abreast of his latest paintings and design projects. 

The couple have created a warm, welcoming atmosphere within a rustic setting at G-G's Gallery and Gifts.

Location: E. one blk past Danceland at Manitou Beach, turn rt on Charles St., then rt to 309 Evenson Ave. at the cul-de-sac.