Sandrine Pelissier

North Vancouver, Canada

I grew up in France but have been living in Canada for the last 12 years, I am currently located in North Vancouver and work from a...

At the core of my work is an exploration of the tension between opposite concepts, like the symmetry of geometric patterns and the asymmetry of organic designs, transparency and solidity, reality and imagination.
The tension between symmetry and asymmetry is perceptible in the superimposition of ornamental patterns on top of biological structures like tree trunks. It also shows in the representation of natural patterns like the rings of a tree with geometric repetitive shapes. In my still life paintings, the delicate organic shapes of the flora are strongly contrasting with very bold decorative patterns. This elaborate patterning gives some of my paintings a look reminiscent of fabric or paper collage, although all the designs are actually hand painted.
I love experimenting with different media (acrylic, watercolor, ink, graphite…) following the pull of my curiosity, although supported by a rigorous and traditional approach. My technique involves a lot of planning to create the final effect I want. The accumulation of many successive thin layers contributes to an ethereal translucent quality that comes in contrast with the solidity and boldness of the ornamental patterns.
Like a tightrope walker, I find pleasure in exploring the in-between space where reality meets fantasy. My painting process will often consist of trying to make a figurative scene emerge from the randomness of an abstract background. Alternatively, I will sometimes start by painting a subject realistically and then add arbitrary splashes and drips or imagined patterns. My subjects, even though rooted in realism, often display a splash of the unreal, the unexpected or the whimsical. My direct environment has always been my source of inspiration as I would like my art to make you marvel at our world, and its daily simplicity, humour and beauty.
My work has been exhibited extensively in Canada and internationally and I am a signature member of the North West Watercolor society, the San Diego Watercolor society and an associate member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.
My paintings have been published in many Art books and magazines. I am currently working on a watercolor instruction book for beginners to be published by North Light/F+W Books at the end of 2014.
I am an active member in my community, as a cofounder of the North Shore Art crawl, a cofounder of a weekly life drawing group and a board member of the North Vancouver Arts Council and have been invited as a juror for public Art, Art grants and juried exhibitions.
I enjoy sharing my love for art through my blog, social media, workshops and classes.

Join me at SoJie 17, Solo’s Juried Invitational Exhibition…

August 2012 Juried Invitational Exhibition

Join me at the Juried Invitational Exhibition…

September 2013 Juried Invitational Exhibition

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  • Joined: October 2009


We would love your drawings to be part of our Collective Art Project : The Big Picture

[Video] / You can read more about the project here / There is a short video at the top of the home page that explain the project in a few minutes. Basically, participants from all over the world are uploading their drawings and sketches and we are making a large mosaic-panoramic picture from all the drawings. This picture is fully searchable and zoomable, like a Google map. / why should you parti…
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Only 2 day left to participate in our collective Art project!

Our collective art project is getting filled with many words of wisdom! This project is a collaboration between Sophie Babeanu (Expressive Arts Facilitator) and myself. It started as a Culture Days activity and we decided to extend the deadline to allow for online participation. / ​ / We are very excited about the idea of giving many people from all other the world, including the Red Bubble comm…
Posted over 2 years – 3 comments

Life Drawing group video

I am very excited to share this video of our life drawing group: Simply Drawing! / It was done by a North Vancouver based videographer: Peter Hunt and it shows footage of the class as well as the opening of our annual exhibition last week. / The 3 co-founder of the group (Anna du Bois, Michael Gordon and I) are talking about the group, how sessions are set up and life drawing in general. / The gr…
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MY WORK HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR SoJie 24! / / Lily pads on One Mile Lake, watercolor on paper mounted on board / by Sandrine Pelissier /   /   /    Join me at the Juried Invitational Exhibition… /   / I am very excited to have my art selected, from over 75000 works of art, to exhibit in SoJie 24. SoJie 24 takes its name from the first letters of Solo’s J…
Posted over 4 years – 28 comments
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