Breakwater Books and Jean Claude Roy announce the publication of Terra Magna, the companion volume to Fluctuat Nec Mergitur, with paintings of Labrador and text in English, French, Inuttitut and Innu-aimun.
After the publication in 2012 of Fluctuat Nec Mergitur, with paintings of every community on the island of Newfoundland, Jean Claude turned his attention to Labrador. With fewer formal communities, a larger and difficult-to-access terrain, and a multicultural and sometimes migratory population, Labrador presented many challenges. Letting the landscape and the people speak for themselves, he has included three short texts by Labradoreans which are presented in the four main languages of Labrador.
Once again, Brian Roberts, The Book Doctor is making special editions of this book. These editions are bound in leather and linen and each will have a different original oil painting bound into the front cover, making it a unique book. Click here to see the paintings, and here if you would like further information.
An event will be held at the Emma Butler Gallery on September 9th at which the book and the special editions will be presented.
Jean Claude Roy’s painting of Beaumont Hamel, “July 1, 1916”, forms part of the new permanent exhibition at The Rooms, St John’s, Canada, entitled “Beaumont Hamel and the Trail of the Caribou”. This exhibition recounts the many contributions of Newfoundland to the war effort between 1914 and 1918, and the devastating consequences for the people of the island.
Living in both France and Newfoundland, Jean Claude was inspired by his grandfather’s experiences at the Battle of Verdun, and what he imagined the last thoughts of the Newfoundland soldiers to have been, represented by the dozens of tiny images of settlements in Newfoundland seen in the sky. This bright sky illuminates the dull muddy foreground where only three points of colour are seen: the white of the bandages, a red poppy and the blue puttees on the fallen soldier.
The shell casings were modelled on one brought back from the battlefield by his grandfather, which he now uses to hold paintbrushes, and his brother modelled for the fallen soldier. Jean Claude donated this painting to the Health Care Foundation of St John’s, NL. It was acquired from the Health Care Foundation by Browning Harvey Inc. in return for a donation of $100,000, and on the condition that it be donated to the museum.
As part of Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism’s 2016 advertising campaign, Target Marketing produced a short video showing Jean Claude painting in the community of Brigus South on the Southern Shore of the island of Newfoundland.
Jean Claude has been invited on Adventure Canada’s annual Circumnavigate Newfoundland cruise, as part of a group of cultural and scientific figures who will accompany the guests during their voyage around the island from June 19 to 29, 2016.
In 2013, Jean Claude began an association with the Battle Harbour Historic Trust, spending some days there each year painting and supporting their fundraising with donations of paintings. Situated just off the southern coast of Labrador, Battle Harbour was once an important economic centre and also the summer home to many migrant Newfoundland fishermen. The Trust is continuing its efforts to restore original buildings and provide visitors with a high level of accomodation and experience. In 2016 Jean Claude will be in residence from August 7th to 13th.
Following an encounter between Jean Claude and Vancouver art collectors Martin and Maryann Gebauer, the Gebauers decided to open an art gallery of their own in WSix, the Arthur Erickson-designed building in Vancouver’s South Granville “art gallery row”. The Pousette Gallery specializes in modern Canadian art.
In 2013, Jean Claude volunteered with kANGIDLUASUk Student Program at Torngat Mountains National Park in Labrador, Canada. This group of Inuit youth aged 16 to 19 were accompanied on painting trips to various parts of the park, and they all worked together to create a 4 x 8 foot mural that is now a permanent feature at Torngat Mountains Basecamp.
En septembre 2012, Breakwater Books a publié le dernier livre de Jean Claude Roy : Fluctuat Nec Mergitur, 480 pages de tableaux représentant toutes les communautés de l’île de Terre-Neuve. Ce projet est le résultat de ses quarante années de voyage et de peinture dans tous les moindres recoins de l’île. Le texte est bilingue, anglais et français.
Une édition spéciale a été conçue en collaboration avec un expert de la reliure, Brian Roberts, qui a produit 150 livres uniques et innovants : la couverture de chacun de ces livres est en fait un tableau à l’huile original de 7 pouces par 9. Reliés en lin et en peau de chèvre, avec des lettres d’argent, ces livres numérotés et signés sont en même temps des livres d’art et des œuvres d’art. Pour plus de détails sur leur mise en œuvre, cliquez ici.
Fluctuat nec Mergitur is available from Amazon. In Newfoundland it can be obtained from Breakwater Books, local bookstores including Chapters; The Rooms gift shop, and Five Islands Gallery in Tors Cove.
Fluctuat nec Mergitur est disponible chez Amazon, et à Terre-Neuve chez Breakwater Books et plusieurs librairies comme Chapters, ainsi qu’à la boutique du musée The Rooms et à la galerie Five Islands Gallery de Tors Cove.
Based on his idea for an embroidered depiction of Newfoundland history in the fashion of the famous Bayeux Tapestry in France, Jean Claude worked with the French Shore Historical Society of Conche, Newfoundland from 2004 to 2010 to produce the French Shore Tapestry, a 220-foot long embroidery. Designed by Jean Claude and his wife Christina, and embroidered by women of Conche and surrounding communities, this work of art and craft shows a personal and eclectic view of the history of Newfoundland, and in particular the French Shore, from the beginning of time to the present. Jean Claude received the Prix Champlain in France in 2013 for this work. The creation of the tapestry has been the subject of a documentary by Barbara Doran and Jerry MacIntosh.
The Rooms, Newfoundland’s new public building, was officially opened on the 29th of June, 2005. Situated on a hill overlooking St John’s harbour, this building brings together the province’s art collection, museum exhibits and archives under one roof. As part of the opening ceremony, Jean Claude was invited to paint the view of St. John’s from The Rooms. This painting is part of the Art Gallery’s permanent collection, and prints are available from The Rooms giftshop.
The Rooms, le tout dernier bâtiment public de Terre Neuve, a ouvert ses portes le 29 juin 2005. Cette structure, qui est composée de trois bâtiments relies entre eux, abrite la collection d’art de la province, les archives publiques et le musée provincial. Située sur la colline surplombant le port de St Jean, ce bâtiment offre une vue spectaculaire de la ville. Dans le cadre de la cérémonie d’ouverture, Jean Claude a été invité à peindre cette vue depuis le deuxième étage du bâtiment.