Portfolio: Frédérique Ulman-Gagné




Frédérique Ulman-Gagné was born in 1982 in Montreal where she still lives and works. She has a BFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University (2007) and a MFA in Visual and Media Arts from University of Quebec in Montreal (2010). Her paintings have been presented in numerous solo and collective exhibitions in Montreal, in particular at Les Territoires and La Centrale galerie Powerhouse as well as in Toronto and in Italy. Her work focuses on questions relating to autobiography, everyday life and the quest for identity which arises from these questions.


Artist Statement


Frédérique Ulman-Gagné’s work in abstract painting and drawing is tied to her everyday life and uses autobiographical references. In her work, she meditates on the idea of identity and places : mother, child, artist, woman, lover, the house, the studio, spaces to live and to create. All of these elements become patterns, which are repeated throughout her paintings. The work is fragmented and uses repetition, always paying great attention to the process of creation. Having worked in collaboration with her son for many years, she insists on the importance of this period in her practice which became the topic of her Masters thesis in Visual and Media Arts at UQAM. Her present work is a continuation of this collaboration, appearing as the second chapter of her story.