ERIC TARDIF

“Inspired by nature as well as the Indians of Quebec and Western Canada, I am intrigued by the expressive possibilities of wood. For 15 years, I’ve used a non-traditional steam bending technique to arrive at a singular form of expression for the elegant and graceful movement and form of birds. But the figure is for me only a starting point and it cannot fully communicate my vision without the evocative impressions of abstraction. As a metaphor, sculpting becomes as much a manner of capturing the flight of birds as it is of representing the bird itself. However, through research and development of a technique increasingly refined by the choice of a wood, my work remains in a state of perpetual artistic migration.”

 

Professional Development

Sculpture and Art Research, Quebec City Sculpture School, 1996-1997

Sculpture and Art Diploma, Quebec City Sculpture School, 1995-1996

Art and Photography Studies, Matane College, QC, 1992-1993

 

Awards and Grants

2011-12  Provincial Grant for research and creation, C.A.L.Q.  Quebec city, Qc

2011  Jury awards 2e Prize , Symposium Art and Garden, Boucherville, Qc

2005  Marcella Frank Award 2e Prize Sculpture, W.S.O.A.E., New York City, U.S.A.

2004  Best in Show, South Miami Art and Craft,  Miami, U.S.A.

2003  Janet Summer Memorial Award 1st Prize, Greenwich Village, New York city , USA

2003  Special Prize, L’Art Actuel France "Japan, Tokyo, Japan

2001  Mayor of Kurashiki Prize, International Art Exchange Exhibition, Japan

2000  Hyogo Prefecture Governor’s best foreign artist prize, Japan

2000  Quebec City Prize, Plein Art 2000, Quebec City

2000  Quebec government corporation (Minister of Culture) travel grant for Italy

1999  Quebec government corporation (Minister of Culture) travel grant for Martinique

1996-97  Federal Grant for Research and Production

 

Solo Exhibitions

2011  Exhibition,'' Flight of the imagination '' Shenkman art centre, Ottawa, ON

2011  Exhibition '' Bird Symbolism '', Espace Pierre Debain, Gatineau, QC

2010  Exhibition '' The symbolism of the birds '',Galerie  Iris, Baie-Saint-Paul, QC

2004  Exhibition '' Patters & Layers '', Galerie L'attitude, Boston, U.S.A.

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013  Algonquin Art Centre, Algonquin Provincial Park, ON

2013  T.O.A.E , Toronto , ON

2013  Art of the Animal XVIII, Bennington, VT, U.S.A

2013  Buckhorn Art Festival, Buckhorn, ON

2013  Birds in Art, International Expo, L. Y. Woodson Art Museum,Wausau, WI, U.S.A

2013  Waterfowl Festival, Easton, MD, U.S.A.

2012  Exhibition, Birds in Art, International Expo, L. Y. Woodson Art Museum,Wausau, WI, U.S.A

2012  Nature into Sculpture, Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, ON

2012  The Masters' series : Wood, The Guild Shop, Toronto, ON

2012  The Artist Project, Contemporary Art Show, Toronto, ON

2011  Ottawa Art Expo, Ottawa, ON

2011  Art at the farm, Ottawa, ON

2011  The Artist Project, Contemporary Art Show, Toronto, ON

2010  Autumn Art sale exhibition, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON

2010  Cultural service, Quebec Government Office, London, England

2010  The Artist Project, Contemporary Art Show, Toronto, ON

2009  Toronto Art Expo, Convention centre, Toronto, ON

2008  New Art Festival, Glebe, Ottawa, ON

2008  Toronto Art Expo, Convention centre, Toronto, ON

2007  27th International exhibition , Argenton-sur-Creuse, France

2007  Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Philips Square, Toronto, ON

2006  International Flora, Montréal, QC

2006  Artigras, Fine Art Festival, Jupiter, FL, U.S.A.

2006  Naples National Art Festival, Naples, FL, U.S.A.

2005  Bonita Springs National Art Festival, Bonita Springs, FL, U.S.A.

2004-05  Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibition, New York, NY,  U.S.A.

2003  Actual art Exhibition   France, Japan, Spiral,  Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan

2002  Internationale Art and echange exhibition, Nagoya art museum,  Japan

2001  Seiko-ten Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitain Art Museum, Japan

2001  Internationale Art and echange exhibition, Kurashiki, Japan

2000  Internationale Art exhibition, Florart 2000, Awaji-shima Island, Hyogo, Japan

2000  International Craft Exhibition, Florence, Italia

1999  Martinique Exhibition  Fort-de-France, Martinique