Heidi Taillefer is an award winning, internationally recognized artist born in 1970 in Montreal, Quebec. She attended weekly art classes as a child at the La Palette art school in Baie-d’Urfé, Quebec, focusing mainly on watercolor and various other mediums. By the early 90’s Heidi began working as a commercial illustrator in tandem with her fine art projects, exhibiting internationally in both gallery and museum venues. By 2004 Heidi devoted her time almost fully to fine art.
While working as an illustrator, Heidi collaborated with such notable clients as Forbes Magazine, the Cirque du Soleil, Infiniti Canada and Infiniti Taiwan, to name a few.
Heidi’s paintings often depict subjects composed of seemingly incongruous objects characterized as symbolic, which form a complex composite of elements and add a contemporary spin to often classical icons. Her work highlights our growing hybridization with technology, in which she depicts machine-like constructions. Heidi’s approach is to infuse primordial aspects of the human condition into these hybridized humans and animals, as she seeks to remind the viewer of the inescapable nature of our being despite our increasing merger with technology.
Her work is consonant with early 20th century surrealists such as Max Ernst, Paul Delvaux, and Giorgio de Chirico. It 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.
Artwork Themes & Subject Matter
Heidi often uses classical icons to depict some aspect of the human condition. In addition, by creating chimaeras composed of surreal, symbolic, or mechanical elements she seeks to illustrate our increasing merger with technology, despite our eternal nature which never seems to evolve. Heidi is preoccupied by technological advancement in the face of too little understanding, and she loves old fashioned mechanical contraptions which she feels best depicts our relationship with technology. Heidi is also interested in spirituality of all kinds, as well as the natural world. From simple animals found in nature to the miracle of motherhood, or the fusion of world religions into some new form of spirituality, the possibilities of exploration of themes seems endless. She is attracted by the occult, and to the mysteries of the unknown and this is also reflected in her work. She loves mythology and storytelling, and often borrows from classical myths to address our eternal struggles.
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Duo: (no name yet)
Jano Lapin Gallery Montreal, QC, Canada
Group: “Year of the Rabbit”
Modern Eden Gallery San Francisco, CA, United States
10 years of informal art classes at the La Palette School of Art in Beaurepaire village, Quebec
Selected Group Exhibitions
Dragons Chateau Belcastel; Belcastel, Aveyron , France
Members Show Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, FLA, United States
Halcyon Days Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA, United States
Digital Self Jano Lapin Gallery, Montreal, QC, Canada
Mighty Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA, United States
Danse Macabre Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA, United States
Totem Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA, United States
100 Trees Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA, United States
Vintage Valentines Jano Lapin Gallery, Montreal, QC, Canada
Lucid Dreaming Corpo Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Ribboned Rainbow Jano Lapin Gallery; Montreal, QC, Canada
Anima Centre de la Culture NDG, Montreal, QC, Canada
Art of Imagination Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA United States
Midnight Garden Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA, United States