For this special exhibition, two years in the making, Jean Claude has selected a collection of paintings of France and Newfoundland and Labrador that reflect his ongoing relationship with the people, communities and landscape of both places.
We are excited to introduce Jean Claude’s latest publication from Breakwater Books, Terra Magna: Labrador, a companion volume to Fluctuat Nec Mergitur which featured paintings of every community on the island of Newfoundland.
Painting in Labrador presented many new challenges; there are relatively few settled communities, but there is a vast network of seasonal, migratory and abandoned communities. Jean Claude often began painting a landscape that appeared empty of people, but in which he felt the presence of those people, both indigenous and European, who moved from place to place, following the changing seasons and the migration of the wildlife on which they depended for food, clothing and shelter.
Getting from place to place in Labrador was another challenge, which eventually involved coastal boats, float planes and the kind assistance of Parks Canada in bringing him to Torngat Mountains National Park at the northern tip of Labrador.