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Jacques Payette

Jacques Payette (b. 1951) was born in Montreal, and is a self-taught painter. He has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in North America and Europe, and his paintings are held in private collections in more than a dozen countries. For the past two decades, he has worked primarily in the ancient process of encaustic, a complex method that incorporates wax. Many of Payette's paintings feature images of historic Canadian costumes, mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Ce qui me fascine, c'est le peu de temps que nous habitons notre corps, celui qui nous est alloué, les choses autour de nous, les empreintes que nous laissons l'orgueil des êtres en ce court passage, la fugacité de moments qui souvent pour nous, nous définissent et qui nous font croire que nous sommes irremplaçable, cela dans ce corps qui est en réalité, le seul lieu habitable.

What fascinates me is the short amount of time that we inhabit these bodies that are given us, the things around us, the impressions that we leave, the arrogance of these short-lived beings, the ephemerality of those moments that define us and make us believe we are irreplaceable, this within a body which is, in reality, the only inhabitable place.

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