Born in Moncton, Yvon Gallant has lived there most of his life, except for the two years he spent in Montreal (1987-1989). Life and art are intrinsically linked in the visual stories of Gallant's vibrant paintings.
One of the first generation of graduates from the visual arts department at l'Université de Moncton in 1976, Yvon Gallant's Acadianness found its own unique form and style of artistic expression when he was still a student. While absorbing the teachings of flamboyant modernism and contemporary art history, Gallant naturally gravitated to the familiar popular 'folk' forms and sensibilities that surrounded his upbringing and were part of his everyday life. Storytelling, along with its myths and superstitions, family rituals and social occasions, people and friends around him were ready-made subjects for his paintings.
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