This retrospective exhibition at Alpha Omega Gallery , which takes place throughout the month of December 2022, offers visitors a privileged window on the art of the Honorable Luc Martineau, retired judge and self-taught artist. His final judgment: 20 years of visual art, plus a glimpse of the present period of artistic production.
A year ago, I retired from the bench. I was appointed to the Federal Court on January 25, 2002. In the summer of 2021, I signed my last judgment, with my heart a little heavier. It was a strange feeling… But the artist in me – I have been painting for more than 35 years – wanted to take off! What a joy to begin this new journey!
Do we define ourselves by our actions, our education, our family, our profession, our beliefs, our passions, or all of these at once? I surely lack an academic background in visual arts. I am, first and foremost, a jurist who had a career as a lawyer, mediator and arbitrator before becoming a federal judge. Today, by identifying as an artist, I am taking a leap of faith. What a “beau risque”!
I was born in the Eastern Townships in the mid-fifties. I come from a family where the legal profession is a natural path. If the law was in my DNA, the arts were also part of my family’s genetic baggage.
My paternal grandmother (née Lucienne Lemieux) began to paint in her late years. She would become the “Grandma Moses of the Pontiac Country” (The Ottawa Journal, Saturday, August 7, 1965, p. 20), gaining notoriety as a landscape, portrait, genre and religious painter (David Karel, Dictionnaire des artistes de langue française en Amérique du Nord, Musée du Québec, presses de l’Université Laval, 1992.)
As a child, I used to write short poems, I drew a lot, and I even created comic strips .In the eighties, after having dabbled in watercolour and pastel, I started oil painting. In 2002, following my appointment to the Federal Court, the family moved to Ottawa. Judging is a weighty responsibility. Painting became therapeutic and liberating!
Around 2005, I converted to acrylic, which has since become my preferred medium. My gesture has grown in magnitude and confidence. Simultaneously, my production has not ceased to diversify. My paintings are luminous and shimmering, expressionist, dreamlike, abstract… I came to think that there is more to life than the law.
Now it is time to look forward. Who will be the artist of tomorrow? I don’t know. Even if I have not entirely left drawing, today I see myself more as a colourist who experiments with shapes. Movement, like wind, is also very important. If it is in abstract expressionism that I recognize myself, I feel equally comfortable with a form of figurative dreaming that also inspires me. It depends on the day and mood of the moment. Let’s go for an adventure!
This retrospective exhibition in Ottawa is my way of turning the page on the legal world to be reborn in today's world! See where my artist wings have taken me this year! My case is therefore in your hands. While waiting for the final judgment, I thank you from the bottom of my heart and look forward to seeing you this upcoming December.
Live Interview with Chez Gauthier
on Unique FM 94.5
Our talented visual artist, Luc Martineau, was invited on January 22, 2023 to speak live on the air about his career and his favourite classical musical pieces. Unique FM 94.5 is the result of a long process led by dedicated people from the Franco-Ontarian community and western Quebec. François Gauthier hosts a classical music program, Chez Gauthier, on Sunday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon and in rebroadcast at 9 PM. As part of this show, there is a segment called “Desert Island”, in which a guest shares their musical favourites for an hour. The host also takes the opportunity to talk about the careers of the guests and their projects, etc.
Notre talentueux artiste visuel, Luc Martineau, a été invité le 22 janvier 2023 à parler en direct sur les ondes de sa carrière et de ses pièces musicales classiques préférées. Unique FM 94.5 est le fruit d'un long processus mené par des gens dévoués de la communauté franco-ontarienne et de l'ouest du Québec. François Gauthier anime une émission de musique classique, Chez Gauthier, les dimanches matins de 8 h à midi et en rediffusion à 21 h. Dans le cadre de cette émission, il y a un segment appelé "Desert Island", dans lequel un invité partage ses favoris musicaux pendant une heure. L'animateur en profite également pour parler du parcours des invités et de leurs projets, etc.