2007 : Hélène Fleury Mural
"THEME: THE QUARTIER LATIN AT THE HEART OF MONTRÉAL'S CULTURAL CREATION
As the creator of ""trompe-l'oeil"" murals on pillars of Highway Dufferin in Quebec and downtown Sherbrooke, Hélène Fleury accepted MU's invitation and signed her first Montréal creation.
This mural is an original piece of work designed and signed by artist Hélène Fleury. It is located at 302 Ontario Street East and was completed in about ten days at the end of August. The artwork was inaugurated on September 11, 2007, just in time for the university year! Karine Fréchette, a student at the École des arts visuels et médiatiques de l'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), assisted Hélène Fleury and thus gained priceless mural art experience.
The Société de développement du Quartier Latin (SDQL), in partnership with the Borough of Ville-Marie under the leadership of Councillor Catherine Sévigny, called on MU to design a mural on the wall adjacent to the Pub Quartier Latin, located between addresses 300 and 318 on Ontario Street East (between Saint-Denis and Sanguinet). This first collaboration was the perfect opportunity to establish a long term partnership between MU and the SDQL for the completion of several murals in the Quartier Latin between 2008 and 2010.
The kids' component of this project is original and promising for the future. MU turned to the École des arts visuels et médiatiques de l'Université du Québec à Montréal in order to introduce their project to visual arts students and recruit young artists interested in mural art. One university student thus had the opportunity to get a paid job with one of Quebec's greatest muralists. MU is hoping that such a unique experience can become the first step toward a more formal academic training for potential muralists.
MU WISHES TO THANK THE FOLLOWING PARTNERS FOR THIS PROJECT:
. Société de développement du Quartier Latin
. Borough of Ville-Marie
. Benjamin Moore
. Pub Quartier latin
In the summer of 2007, Hélène Fleury created her first Montréal mural in the Quartier Latin at the corner of Ontario and Sanguinet.
Hélène was born in 1959. Drawing, sculpting and creating quickly grew on her. As a firm believer that artists must master their medium to acquire more freedom in brushwork, she interrupted her studies in visual arts at Université Laval in 1985 to acquire a more hands-on experience through the conceptual teachings of seasoned professional artists.
Street portraits, the foundation of her company ""Atelier Dufaux,"" the teaching of ""trompe-l'oeil"" techniques, custom work, the coordination and supervision of great mural projects as well as sculpting endowed her with the versatility to create a wide variety of work using an array of techniques and methods.
She is mostly known for her monumental ""trompe-l'oeil"" frescoes in Québec City (Highway Dufferin) and Sherbrooke (MURIRS). The mural she designed for MU is located at the corner of Ontario and Sanguinet."