Johanne Maheux is from St-Joseph de Beauce. Although passionate about the visual arts since her childhood, she first studied social work and then visual arts at the University of Quebec in Chicoutimi during the 1980s. In 2018, she completed a short graduate program in the Study of Artistic Practice at the University of Quebec at Rimouski.
Over the past thirty years, alongside her career in social work, she has participated in several group exhibitions across Quebec and presented around ten solo exhibitions. She has also won several prizes, including the Grand Jury Prize of the Chaudières-Appalaches en Oeuvres competition in 2019 as well as the MRC Sartigan prize in 2020.
Since 2019, she has devoted herself to her artistic practice, participates in leisure and cultural mediation projects and in 2020 created with an artist friend, the first community artistic workshop in St-Georges de Beauce.
The world is my laboratory.
Driven by the desire to make sense of my artistic practice and do something useful, I like the idea of leaving a trace of this present where I live. I am particularly interested in current social realities and the human condition, echoing my thirty-five years as a social worker.
Influenced by Edward Hopper, Jean-Paul Lemieux, Louis Muhlstock and the artistic movement of social realism ... portraying everyday life that is both so ordinary and so unique, that is what inspires me. Crowds, cafes, shopping centers, airports, the street, the great outdoors ... as long as there is a trace of humanity, are an inexhaustible source of inspiration.
These places, these people, I observe them and I soak up this atmosphere. Through photography, I try to bring out the essential. Once in the privacy of my studio, I reinvent and transform the scene letting my inspiration create the atmosphere. I work in acrylic and oil pastel, the medium being for me a working tool while I give greater importance on the subject. My realistic painting is often described as melancholic by the viewer.
For more than 30 years, it is through thematic series that I express my vision of life and my universe. Along with my personal artistic practice, I participate in many leisure and cultural mediation projects, thus sharing this passion for creation as a source of personal well-being.