Leduc County Artist Remembered

  • Dec. 3, 2014 5:00 p.m.

Pipestone Flyer

Mathieu Lefèvre was a funny, handsome, über-talented contemporary artist much loved by his family, his friends and his fans far and wide. He grew up on his parents’ spacious acreage near Rollyview in Leduc County, and had a passion for art born in his late teens. He triumphantly pursued his dream of an art career in Montreal where he studied at UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal) and finally in New-York. Whenever his art was displayed, people appreciated his originality and creative genius, his humor and joie-de-vivre, his connection with iconic artists, all of his lively spirit translated on the canvas by his talented paintbrush.

Mathieu was 30 years old when his life and career were abruptly ended when cycling home late one night after a long day at the canvas, he was struck by a vehicle and tragically died on October 18, 2011. A brilliant artist’s dream had suddenly come to an end, breaking the heart of those who loved him most.

It was a complex and costly challenge to claim and return to Canada Mathieu’s numerous works of art that were created and stored in New-York. His parents Alain and Erika Lefèvre made themselves a promise that their son’s career would survive Mathieu’s untimely passing. The day has come when their son’s art legacy would be shared with many in his native Alberta through an exhibit of Mathieu’s art.

On Saturday, November the 29th, the PAVA Gallery south of Edmonton’s downtown core launched an exhibit entitled, “Mathieu Lefèvre: Retrospective”. This exhibit was the result of years of a loving and time-consuming planning. With heart and creative energy, a collector’s book has been published with photographs of Mathieu’s art crediting various photographers, interspersed with comments from art critics, curators and gallery owners who all share an admiration and deep understanding of Mathieu Lefèvre’s art. This book, a comprehensive exposé of Mathieu Lefèvre’s artistic legacy, is for sale online and at the PAVA Gallery of Edmonton, a division of the Société Francophone des Arts Visuels de l’Alberta. (Francophone Society of Visual Artists of Alberta).

Regional art lovers also joined in, attracted by the CBC’s dynamic promotion of the exhibit launch. From his native area, Rick Smith, Leduc County Councillor and Beaumont High School Social Studies teacher Mark Halun came to pay their respects and admire Mathieu’s art.

Mathieu’s childhood humour and his intellectual intensity inspired his work. Many of his paintings include several layers of paint, in a sculptural style, such as the thick, pyramidal piece titled “La peinture, c’est lourd” (“Paint is heavy”). Growing up, Mathieu attended Beaumont’s French immersion schools with his siblings, played the clarinet and saxophone, acted on stage and TV and even had a credited role in a 1997 feature film, Silent Cradle. His passion for life is felt strongly in his art.

This is the first exhibit of his art in Alberta. In previous years, Mathieu’s art had been displayed and hailed as brilliant in several exhibits, at Toronto’s respected Angell Gallery, which specializes in innovative work by new artists, at the division Gallery in Montreal and at the prestigious Prague Biennale of contemporary art where he was one of a half-dozen Canadian artists selected to represent our country. The exhibit will run for the next few weeks at the PAVA Gallery from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am- 4pm, at 9524-87 Street, in the Strathearn area of Edmonton.

The Mathieu Lefèvre Memorial Fund is an endowment fund created in Mathieu’s memory to help and support emerging artists, which the book sales will contribute to. The exhibit Launch took place on the afternoon of Saturday, November 29, attended by art critics, media and members of the Franco-Albertan community and of the Alliance Française. The PAVA Gallery director Gisèle Boutin Desjardins joined Mathieu’s parents Alain and Erika Lefèvre in expressing her pleasure at the planning and success of the exhibit. Mathieu Lefèvre’s art legacy is lovingly preserved by his family, the art collectors who already own some of his work and the contemporary art lovers who will be anxious to tour the Edmonton exhibit.

Pictured: Artist Mathieu Lefèvre. Submitted photo

Just Posted

Planning request in County of Wetaskiwin changed at last minute

County of Wetaskiwin council balks at changes that weren’t made public

MLA Smith meets Harper, Scheer at Calgary Stampede

Thorsby alumnus Chad Harden competes at the big rodeo

Letter: P.M. needs to do real work

Wetaskiwin writer says apologizing isn’t a job

Breton RCMP seek motorist who may have witnessed crime

Breton RCMP requesting public assistance in identifying suspects of break and enter

County of Wetaskiwin officers deal with large road ban violations

County CPO notices erratic driver in Wetaskiwin

Updated: ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin has died

Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn reports Franklin passed Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit

Feds to allow charities to engage in political, but not partisan, activity

The plan is to allow charities to pursue political activities

Trump suggests Canada has been sidelined from latest NAFTA negotiations

Canadian officials have insisted they’re unfazed by being left out of the discussions

Photographer files complaint with police after alleged assault on the job

Toronto photographer says he was attacked while covering a protest

Happy birthday Boler: An anniversary gathering of the cutest campers in Winnipeg

Hundreds of the unique trailers in Winnipeg to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Manitoba invention

Publication ban lifted on details about Fredericton shooting that killed 4

Judge lifts publication ban on court documents related to the Fredericton shooting

RCMP appeal for tips, dashcam footage in German tourist shooting west of Calgary

The Durango crashed into the ditch after the shooting near the Goodstoney Rodeo Centre

Red Cross now accepting donations for those impacted by B.C. wildfires

The Canadian Red Cross is asking for help now and in the weeks and months ahead.

Fredericton widow swears at Trudeau during condolence call

Widow of man killed in Fredericton shooting says she swore at Trudeau during condolence call.

Most Read