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Born in Montreal in 1947, Gilles Charest studied education, literature and administration at the University of Montreal and at the Hautes Études Commerciales school. He taught for a few years before changing his career in 1975 when, along with two associates, he founded an advertising agency and assumed the role of creative director.
An art collector and enthusiast, Charest has been devoting much of his time to painting since 1990. Self-taught, he develops his technique by reading about art and by contacts with other artists and art lovers alike. Today, painting is his way of life.
Charest’s technique, called “scumble”, and his search for unconventional textures find expression in his personal vision of still life. His mastery of colour enables him to create brilliant, fundamentally sensual paintings where harmony transcends. His purity of composition and unusual formats further enhance his ability to breathe more life into his subjects than nature has, herself.
In gallery since 1999 in Canada and USA and also in France and Italy exhibitions.