November 10, 2008
Saving Clementine

Canadian artist finds place in Parisian history.

Painter Dawn Dudek will be part of a select group to exhibit at the Carrousel du Louvre, Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-arts.

Canadian artist Dawn Dudek, who paints from a studio in the South of France, had seven pieces reviewed by the Société. ‘Saving Clementine’ was their final choice.

“I am very pleased with the painting that was selected; as it is one of the most striking pieces in the Filmscapes series. It has a bold composition and rich palette which compliment the alluring imagery. Strength and depth are important in my work and ‘Saving Clementine’ really portrays those attributes.”

The Filmscape series is inspired by visual narratives, which I find in films, photography, and other paintings. The selected frames are removed from their cinematic timeline, then isolated and reconstructed creating a new composition."

The artist describes the series as follows:
“For many years I have liked the look of film stills, and my experience in animation has made me much more aware of how the single can represent the whole. Deconstructing the frame into top and bottom is one of the most interesting aspects of the work. While making the subject matter more dynamic, it also represents the passage of time and more literally the film frames frozen between one and the next.”
“It is important when choosing an image to create a parallel between the narrative of the film and my experiences. The juxtaposition of personal memories on cinematic imagery is a theme that I am continuing to develop.”

The Société Nationale des Beaux Arts (SNBA) hosts its annual salon every December in Paris. Traditionally held at the Grand Palais, renovations caused the relocation of the expo to the Carrousel du Louvre. This new space revitalised the Salon’s exposure with the 4 day attendance now exceeding 7000 visitors.

One piece per artist is selected by the members for exhibition. The international group of artists consist of individuals and groups as part of country delegations. Over 400 artworks are selected created within the medium of painting and sculpture.

Established in 1862 the Société Nationale des Beaux Arts (SNBA) formed their salon in 1890 to challenge the existing Paris Salon. The Société was first chaired by the writer Théophile Gautier, with Aimé Millet as deputy chairman. Notably sculptor August Rodin later became the vice-president. Historically, artists as auspicious as Edouard Manet, Eugène Delacroix and Gustave Doré have been participants in the SNBA salon.

”Saving Clementine” will travel to Paris on December 9 to be installed prior to the opening on December 11.

Salon 2008 de la SNBA - Carrousel du Louvre- Salle le Nôtre
Thursday, December 11 - Sunday, December 14, 2008
(from 10h00-20h00)
99, rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris

Thursday, December 11 (18h30 - 23h00)
Soirée de remise des prix
Saturday, December 13 (18h30 - 20h00)


Dawn Dudek

Born in Winnipeg in 1967, Dawn moved to Toronto in 1986 where she became a graduate and scholar of the Ontario College of Art.

Dawn had her first solo exhibition in Toronto in 1993. The press coverage she received for this photographic installation included a live interview with CBC television, and led to a position as jr. art director for MAC cosmetics. Steering her career into the then new area of computer graphics, Dawn joined TOPIX/Mad Dog studio as director of broadcast animation. During these years Dawn partnered with award winning directors and animators to create leading edge broadcast design and animation for clients including Paramount Pictures, MTV and General Mills foods. Dawn moved to online media by joining Maclaren McCann Interactive as an art director creating web content for clients such as Nesquik and General Motors. Dawn remained at MMI until starting her business, 9 doors down in 2001.

During her prolific career Dawn’s signature designs and illustrations were highly sought after for their innovative and striking appeal. As an artist she continues to push boundaries, first by bringing an art background into computer graphics, and now with exploring the influence of computer graphics on the traditional medium of painting.

In the past 3 years Dawn has had multiple exhibitions in Monaco, and her paintings are now part of numerous international collections.

For additional information please contact Dawn Dudek