Due to her unique style and subject matter, Cynthia Girard stands out among the recent generation of Québécois painters. Her bold, even provocative, work blends characteristics of formalist painting with a popular imagery that questions, somewhat ironically, a host of established ideas around the origins, history, icons and culture of Québec by proposing a more ambiguous, less constrained interpretation of it. Usually produced in cycles, her paintings represent loose fictional narratives that blur the specificity of genres, from still life to landscape and the interior scene.

L’Échafaud, 2004, Acrylic on canvas.
© Cynthia Girard