Chantal Fontaine Hébert

Chantal Fontaine Hébert has a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and formal training in visual arts, calligraphy, Japanese and Arab calligraphy, sign art and illumination. She has always been fascinated by the power of vowels, consonants, syllables and words; the act of writing and using calligraphy to communicate. Letters send her visual signs which inspire her and fuel her creativity. She has published three books of poems.

Fontaine Hébert’s paintings are a series of powerful hieroglyphs. She paints with great energy; at times her movements are feverish and jerky, at times they are soft and relaxed. François Cheng once said: "Le trait par son plein et son délié, son concentré et son dilué, sa poussée et son arrêt est à la fois forme et teinte, volume et rythme. Par son unité, il résout le conflit que ressent tout peintre entre le dessin et la couleur, la représentation du volume et celle du mouvement." In other words, lines are shapes and they are colours; they have volume and they have rhythm. That is how alphabets speak to Chantal Fontaine Hébert.

Her paintings can be found in both private and public collections throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.


Médiathèque Alexandre Dumas
Villers-Cotterêts, France
May 16 to June 24, 2017