Heidi Taillefer – Galerie Jano Lapin

Heidi Taillefer

Artist Statement 

As an artist I have been influenced by a number of sources, from the natural world and quirky thrift shop objects, to oddities in general and all manner of artistic genres, surrealism to the abstract. I pursue the deeper meaning of things while possessed of a strong sense of humor. I paint mostly about philosophical observations on life which are drawn out of personal experience, and parlayed into an exploration of more universal issues, although my interests have generally encompassed ideological concerns about the environment and the impact of technology on society. My work is an original creative fusion of classical figurative painting, surrealism, contemporary realism, and mythology combined with popular figurative traditions ranging from Victorian romanticism to science fiction. It is consonant with some of the early 20th century surrealists such as Max Ernst and Giorgio DeChirico. I paint subjects comprised of seemingly incongruous objects characterized as symbolic, forming a complex composite of various elements and adds a contemporary spin to often classical icons.  


I was born in Montreal, Quebec, and began drawing at the age of 3 at the encouragement of my mother who is also an artist. During 10 years of private art lessons as a child at the La Palette school of art in Beaurepaire Village, Quebec, I developed skills mainly in watercolor and was strongly influenced by surrealism, combined with general interests in technology and biology. It was by the mid-80’s that my work began to take on the markings of an obsession with technological development throughout society, with imagery that reflected a growing hybridization of biology with technology. 

While pursuing a degree in Humanistic Studies at McGill University, my focus of the study was the classics, which informs my work to this day as I parlay many mythological and cultural references into my paintings. 

My work has been collected internationally, and I have exhibited in gallery and museum venues in North America while undertaking high visibility art projects with such companies as the Cirque du Soleil and Infiniti car company (Canada and Taiwan).

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