About

Biography

Studio Shot - In the Workshop

Since her completion in 1982 of a BFA with distinction in Studio Art at Concordia University, Anne Billy has devoted herself to studio work. During an extended stay in Europe, she was involved in printmaking at Grafica Uno and trained in fresco painting at the Castello Sforzesco School of Applied Arts, both of which are in Milan.

The recipient of grants from the Québec Ministry of Cultural Affairs and the Fonds FCAC (Québec), Anne Billy has shown in solo and group exhibitions in both North America and Europe. Her works are also included in numerous collections, including the Canada Council Art Bank, the loan collection of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Lavalin Collection of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery, the Cirque du Soleil, Air Canada, as well as in various private collections in Canada and abroad.

Inspired early on by the Italian trans-avant-garde movement, Anne Billy is currently involved in formal explorations of issues rooted in personal experience. Since 2012, these have included works employing a variety of materials that reflect on memory loss and ask what remains of our lives beyond recollection.

Artist Statement

A multidisciplinary artist working in Montréal, Anne Billy sensitively explores materials to address various facets of the human condition, including our relation to others, the social bonds we create, and the emotional states arising from isolation. She is currently interested in the passage of time, memory loss, and the traces that persist beyond absence.

In these explorations, Billy harmonizes support and medium with her themes, using techniques and materials that reflect both absence and presence, lived experience and the memories it creates. Skilful in the integration of various materials, she focuses here on fibres and textiles that contribute an emotional charge to her investigations. As well, she enriches her practice by making use of the graphic possibilities of embroidery.

Needlework is also at the heart of a new series, Belief, which considers the themes of religion and spirituality in works that combine items of religious worship, elements from nature, craft techniques, and contemporary notions of installation.

Other recent works deal with erasure, vulnerability, and the parent-child bond. Inspired by her daily accompaniment of her father, who suffers from a degenerative memory disorder, the project Fleeting Memory, begun in 2012, offers a reflection on memory loss and asks what remains of our lives beyond recollection.

Her approach gives rise to intimate works marked by interiority, strength, and vulnerability. They reflect her experience as a caregiver (a role traditionally relegated to women) and exhibit her original and contemporary appropriation of needlework techniques. Her formal approach is directly linked to the issues she examines, nourishing her evolution as an artist, as well as her ongoing exploration of materials and themes related to the human condition.

Curriculum Vitae

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec, Belief, Montreal
2016

Union Gallery, Fleeting Memory, Kingston

2003

Galerie 1225, Montreal

2002

Maison de la culture Mercier, Queue de poussières, Montreal

1998

Galerie DuGazon-Couture, Esprit de Corps, Montreal

1987

Maison de la culture de Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montreal

Galerie III, Montreal

1986

Centre de culture de la Vénétie, Montreal

1984

Galleria Facsimile, Milan, Italy

Underwood, Milan, Italy

 

Group Exhibitions

2018

Salle Gilles-Moreau, IV Biennale de livres d’artistes au Portage, Notre-Dame-du-Portage

2017

Cégep de Saint-Laurent, Tirer son épingle du jeu, Montreal

2017

McMullen Gallery, Comfort (duo exposition), Edmonton

2016

Showfrette: Week-end en lumière, Beloeil

1996-2006

Giordano Gallery, Edmonton (some fifteen exhibitions)

2006

Galerie Point Rouge, Le Moulin rouge, Saint-Jean-Port-Joli

2005

O patro vys, Vys et vertus, Montreal

2003

Galerie 1225, Montreal

2002

Pratt and Whitney Canada, Les Femmeuses, Longueuil

2000

Galerie DuGazon-Couture, Behave 2000, Montreal

1999

Galerie DuGazon-Couture, Été, Montreal

1998

Galerie DuGazon-Couture, Gros plan sur la relève, Montreal

1991

City Hall of Bécancour, Feu vert sur la collection Lavalin, Bécancour

1990

Maison de la culture Plateau Mont-Royal, La banque d’œuvres d’art sur le vif, Montreal

1990-93

Galerie d’art Claire Goyer-Harel, Montreal

1988

Galerie de l’UQÀM, Fontaine blues, curated by Lili Michaud, Montreal

Galerie Estampe Plus, Œuvres sur papier des artistes de l’Atelier Circulaire, Quebec City

Galerie Leonard & Bina Ellen, Contemporary Canadian Works on Paper, Montreal

1987

Canadian Cultural Centre, Peintres canadiens à Paris, Paris, France

Galerie Michel Tétreault, 5e coup d’éclat, Montreal

1986

Musée municipal Bello Pineiro, IIIe prix de gravure Maximo Ramos, Ferrol, Spain

1985

Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art, 49th Parallel, New York, USA

J.Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University, LiterARTure, San Francisco, USA

Galerie Artom, Bastille 89 et ses illustrations, Paris, France

Musée municipal Bello Pineiro, IIe prix de gravure Maximo Ramos, Ferrol, Spain

1984

Galerie Fac-Simile, Natale Geniale, Milan, Italy

Studio Marconi, Milan, Italy

Seibu Museum, T-SHOW, Tokyo, Japan

Flag Festival, Bonn, Germany

Biblioteca Fossalba, Treviso, Italy

Galerie Shop-Art, La Colomba, Milan, Italy

1983

Grünwald Gallery, E(X)CHANGES 2, curated by Peter Krausz et Fela Grünwald, Toronto

Saidye Bronfman Centre, 4th Biennale of Painting, Montreal

Galerie Articule, Anima Animus, Montreal

1982

La Centrale, Galerie Powerhouse, Juxtaposition, curated by Françoise Sullivan, Montreal

1981

Saidye Bronfman Centre, 3rd Biennale of Painting, Montreal

 

Continuing Education

2018 K18, creation seminar, Kamouraska

 

Training

1983 to 1985

Fresco painting course taught by Ghino Baragatti, Castello Sforzesco School of Applied Arts, Milan, Italy

1982 to 1985

Lithography and etching training, Grafica Uno, directed by Giorgio Upiglio, Milan, Italy

1982

BFA with distinction in Studio Art, Concordia University, Montreal

 

Grants and Awards

1990

Development Grant, Quebec Ministry of Cultural Affairs

1985

Fonds FCAD, Government of Quebec

1983

Award (ex aequo), 4th Biennale of Painting

Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal

 

Exhibition Catalogues

Union Gallery, Emily Jan After the hunt / Anne Billy Fleeting memory, Kingston, Ontario, 2016, 17 pages

Éditions de L’Éclat-Collection Artom, Bastille 89, Paris, France, 1985, 89 pages

Galerie Shop-Art, La Colomba, Milan, Italy, 1984, 24 pages

Bonner Kunstwoche, Kunstlerfahnen auf der Hofgatenwiese, Bonn, Germany, 1984, 65 pages

Centre Saidye Bronfman, Création Québec 81, Montreal, 1981, 14 pages

 

Press

  • Luchenski, Lauren, Reclaimed Objects Meets Minimalism, The Journal Queen’s University, Kingston, September 23, 2016, section Home, Arts
  • « Il Comitato Culturale della Casa del Veneto, Presentate le litografie di Anne Billy », Il Cittadino Canadese, vol. XIV, no. 7 (Montreal: February 19, 1986):15.
  • Kosseim, Concetta, « Giovane pittrice quebecchese che ha conquistato l’Italia », Insieme, vol. XIII, no. 3 (Montreal: January 22, 1986): 20.
  • « Billy “off” Canada », Viva Milano, vol. 2, no. 36 (Milan, Italy: October 4 -10, 1984): 17.
  • Kaufmann, Massimo, « Sono sei, tutti giovani e geniali », Viva Milano, vol. 2, no.47, (Milan, Italy: December 20 – 26, 1984): 18.
  • Serra, Silvestro, « Moda e cultura: Mille magliette raccontano…T-Story », Moda Italia, no. 7 (Milan, Italy: April 1984): 9-23.
  • Lessard, Denis, « Tout va très bien, Madame la peinture », Vie des Arts, vol. XXVIII, no. 112 (Montreal: September – November 1983): 51-53.
  • Daigneault, Gilles, « Autour d’une biennale frondeuse », Le Devoir (Montreal: July 16, 1983): Culture supplement, 9 and 14.
  • Lepage, Jocelyne, « Biennale de la peinture sept élus, 600 refusés! », La Presse, (Montreal: July 9, 1983): B-9.
  • Dumont, Jean, « Nouvelle figuration: peinture de l’urgence », Montréal ce mois-ci, vol. 9, no. 2 (Montreal: March 1983): 22.

 

Collections

Cirque du Soleil

Papiers Saint-Gilles

Canada Council Art Bank

Lavalin Collection, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

Air Canada

Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery

Loan Collection, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

Private collections in Canada and abroad