Tania Hillion is a French visual artist based in l’Islet, Quebec. Oil portraits are her focal point of expression, addressing emotional states through the filter of perceptual memory. As a child, she had the opportunity to grow in different cultures from her own. It was during these trips that she developed a fascination for the face and its multiple expressions that allow her to create bonds in a universal way. The years go by with the growing desire to infuse more creation and a more direct relationship with matter in his daily life. In 2016, therefore, she made the choice to reorient her career and obtained a diploma in patternmaker at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. From then, her days are now driven by simultaneous work on form and body.
It was only in 2019, one year after joining Quebec, interacting with the artistic community of this new environment that she reconnected with painting and actively resume the practice of drawing and oil. This marks a new step on her journey. In line with her past aspirations, it is natural that she now makes portraits and the human figure her main subjects.
"The face is the world’s first witness to our existence, it reveals as much as it conceals. It tells a story from which everyone can have their own interpretation. It is an inexhaustible subject. I do not claim to capture the essence of a person through a portrait but I aspire to materialize the representation of a moment, being aware that it can only be an arbitrary and ephemeral interpretation. The superposition of layers of glaze and impasto echoes human nature and the different masks we wear. Behind a feigned unity of complexion, an oil portrait reveals a whole play of colours and transparencies, like the skin and lets glimpse the complexity of a face, the layers which characterize it or should I rather say “which characterize it in our eyes”.
I am influenced by everyday gestures and situations, current events and politics. My practice allows me to communicate on what moves me. It is about exploring simple things that we all experience, but which, when we take the time to observe them, take on an aesthetic that challenges; or to tackle social issues such as social inequalities or intangible heritage. Each subject is tinged with an energy of its own, on top of that my own filters play their part. What matters to me is how best to transcribe the veracity of the moment experienced in the presence of my subject."
A NOTE FROM THE GALLERY CURATOR
I fell in love with Tania's work right away. I got lucky to meet the artist in person this year and appreciate her contemporary take on figurative art and her special techniques. Paint is usually thought to be a static medium, capable of depicting only frozen instants of time. Yet, from visual aesthetic to unusual compositions and excellent execution in each piece, Tania's works transport the viewer into an imaginary work of the depicted character. Each presented piece will be a great addition to your art collection and will bring instant character and coziness to your home due to the natural tones used by the artist. Also, every work is created to be explored over time and also is a conversational piece to discuss with your guests over dinner.