PEDNÒ Expose á New York - La beauté du visage

Written by: Denis-Daniel Boullé
Translated into English by: Clara Lemaire


We know how difficult it is for visual artists from Montreal to get established. For Stephane Pedneault, who signs Pedno, New York opens one of its galleries. From June 2nd to June 23rd, amateurs and collectors will be able to discover his pictorial world. Women and mens faces, larger than life, under the sign of beauty.

Art student at the Cegep, Stephane Pedneault left his paint brushes to start a hairstylist career; yet his passion never left him. ‘Maybe I was too young and not disciplined enough to start an artistic career’ explains Stephane Pedneault on the phone. ‘Four years ago, I started to paint again for my own pleasure and faces came to me naturally. As a hair stylist, I saw thousands of faces that inspired me’.

None of these faces are to be identified to anyone in particular, since they are all the fruit of the artist’s imagination. Portrait as such would restraint his creativity. ‘I have already worked on portraits; yet I want to go beyond the technical restraint of portrait.’

These faces are inspired by fashion, cinema and magazines and can be seen in a hairdressing salon, in restaurants or in bars. Little by little, from word to mouth his paintings are visible to a larger public, and even collectors are starting to show interest in his work. Collectors actually got him to start showing in galleries. Sometimes anything can happen when passion and patience are combined! Of course the artist would love to show his work in Montreal one day. And New York will give him the opportunity to get more established therefore allow him to show on this side of the border.

‘Beauty is my source of inspiration. I don’t have any message, but to convey these faces of humanity, a humanity of beauty; I could never something ugly.’ To experience this beauty hymn, forty people are renting a bus and driving to the reception that will take place at Agora Gallery, on June 4th. Some seats might still be available if you are interested in sharing this nice moment with Stephane.

PEDNO, June 2nd to June 23rd, Agora Gallery (530 West 25th street), Chelsea, New York.

Image Credits: Green Eyes Acrylic on Canvas 30" x 30"

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