In the 1980s, a time of renewed interest in figurative art, Marc Garneau set out to develop his own visual language—part figurative, part abstract—rooted in the painting of Québec’s Automatiste movement and American Abstract Expressionism. Imbued with the atmosphere of Garneau’s youth in Thetford Mines, other works have a strongly mineral character. Several paintings recall the ambiance of the town’s slag heaps at sunset, with their deep pink and purple hues. Again and again, correspondences link an underground world with one that exists above. The palette is subterranean, while light plays off the surfaces of precious metals.

Born in Thetford Mines, Garneau studied Visual Arts at Concordia (B.A., 1979 ; M.F.A, 1984). He has received grants from the Canada Council and the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec. In 1997, he was awarded first prize at the Biennale du dessin, de l’estampe et du papier-matière du Québec. Over the past thirty years, Garneau has had more than fifty solo exhibitions both nationally and in Europe.


Garneau’s work is represented in the collections of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Musée d’art de Joliette, the Musée d’art de Saint-Laurent, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the Banque d’œuvres d’art du Québec. Sought out by corporate collectors, it is also included in many private collections in North America and Europe.


1700 la poste

1700 Notre-Dame Street W
Montreal (Qc) H3J 1M3

Metro station Lucien L’Allier
or Georges-Vanier

How to get there
T. (438) 384-1700
F. (438) 384-1600

The 30th anniversary of Les Impatients at 1700 La Poste

Enchanté∙e ! A look at 30 years of creation and hope

Exceptionally closed on Thursday May 26th

Wednesday to Sunday
11AM to 6PM

To stay informed of our events:

Isabelle de Mévius
Executive and Artistic Director

Roger Lupien
Administrative Director

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Please be advised that 1700 La Poste is not available for rent.