Trained as a ceramist, Gilbert Poissant gradually expanded into other technical and aesthetic spheres. This multi-disciplinary artist has created murals, installations and sculptures, employing various materials, such as stone, wood, paper and found objects, as well as digital processes. Renowned for his contribution to public art, Gilbert has produced more than 40 commissions of artworks that are incorporated into the architecture.

Selected projects

 

Mon atlas 3D

Installation / 2019-2021 / Paper, pins / 110 cm x 244 cm x 367 cm

On the scale of a large model, I create a utopian territory in homage to the places I inhabit. This self-portrait illustrates my interest in architecture and geography as well as my attachment to the land.

Photos by Gilbert Poissant

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Mon atlas

Collages

I was five years old when I first climbed Mont Saint-Hilaire to Pain de Sucre. Witness to my childhood escapades, the mountain has been a refuge, but also a world to explore. As teenagers, under the influence of substances, we believed in various beliefs such as that the mountain was a landing place for aliens (Invisible fields). The series includes ten other plates.

Collages / 2016 / paper, pins, acrylic / 102 x 122 x 9 cm

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complementary materials: found objects

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L'objet et le territoire

Personal exhibition at Expression, centre d'exposition in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec / 2016 / Commissionner: Mona Hakim

Gilbert Poissant’s artistic production is imposing and polymorphic. The exhibition The object and the territory reflects the variety of modes of expression that developed around ceramics. (Mona Hakim)

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multi-layered birch plywood, laminate

 

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H2O

Mosaïc / Centre aquatique de Saint-Constant / 2020 / Porcelain

Photos by: Alain Boisvert

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Le Jeu du collectionneur

Personal exhibition at Centre d’exposition Circa, Montréal, Québec

Commissionner: Pascale Beaudet

Year of achievement: 2008

Material: Found objects, wood, acrylic

The basis of the exhibition is a wall installation of more than 600 found objects, meticulously classified according to their dimensions that, for decades, Gilbert Poissant has amassed aimlessly. This wall sculpture presents a dichotomous aspect since the playfulness of the gathering opposes the seriousness of the classification and the assembly.

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Objets spécifiques

Specific items are chosen from those in the Collector's Game. The digitization of each of the 600 objects produces a "letter" which will make up an alphabet. This graphic vocabulary is used by Gilbert to create endless other works on porcelain or paper.

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Patatras and Splash

Materials : Crimped Porcelain

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Traversée

Mural for Parc municipal du Grand Lac Saint-François, Lambton, Québec

Year of achievement: 2011

Material: porcelain and stainless steel

Dimension: 290 x 150 x 8 cm

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Icare

École Eurêka, Granby, Québec

Year of achievement: 2011

Material: Inkjet printing on porcelain

Dimensions: 300 x 500 x 8 cm

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Correlieu

CLSC des Patriotes, Beloeil, Québec

Year of achievement: 2009

Material: Digital photography, glass, anodized aluminum

Dimensions : 500 x 250 x 15 cm

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L'été

Otterburn Park Public pool / 2020 / Porcelain and stainless steel

 

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Ceramics

In Japan, the term Kaiseki means ceremonial meal. The porcelains of this series are unique pieces, shaped by hand or thermoformed from tiles of industrial origin.

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5 x 2 Temps

Personnal exhibition at Expression, Centre d'exposition de Saint-Hyacinthe / 1997

5 FOIS 2 TEMPS consists of two (2) series of five (5) murals in the colors of day and night which respond to each other by their shape and attempt, through graphic representations, to raise questions about the nature of time. Round or linear in shape, they illustrate the staircase, the drop, the tree, the moon, the ruler.

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Passe-Temps

École nationale d’administration publique, Québec, Québec

Year of achievement: 1999

Material: marble and granit

Dimensions: 6 300 x 9 500 cm

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Passe-lune

Location: Hôpital général du Lakeshore, Pointe-Claire, Québec

Year of achievement: 2002

Material: Earthenware, stainless steel

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Arrêt sur espace

Personal exhibition at Plein sud, Centre d’exposition en art actuel, Longueuil

Year of achievement: 2001

Materlal: Wood and ceramic

Dimensions: various

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Planète jeu

Location : Campus récréatif Germain-Désourdy, Bromont, Québec

Year of achievement : 2018

Dimensions : each mural: 106 x 106 x 5 cm

Material : Set porcelain, stainless steel

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Architectures intimes

Location: Diptych for Faculté de médecine vétérinaire de l’Université de Montréal, Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec

Year of achievement: 2006

Material: Industrial and hand-made porcelain, stainless steel

Dimensions: 275 x 345 cm

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Tableaux

Interactive murals

Materials : porcelain and aluminium, chalks and brushes

 

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Variations

In 1997, Poissant began working on geometric shapes using various materials such as industrial porcelain, handmade earthenware, inkjet printing on paper. This body of work will be completed in 2014.

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Le Passe-Goutte

Location: École primaire de Saint-Zotique, Saint-Zotique, Québec

Year of achievement: 1997

Material: White granit, black granit, Analemmatic sundial

Dimensions: 400 x 400 x 50 cm

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La mesure du temps

Diptych for Option théâtre du Cegep de Saint-Hyacinthe, Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec

Year of achievement: 1994

Material: Porcelain mosaic

Dimensions: various

 

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Archéologies Imaginaires

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Jardins de tessons

Jardin de tessons is an installation made up of ceramic shards (tessons) collected and sorted over twenty years and presented five times between 1988 and 2009.

Material: Ceramic shards, metal and found objects

Dimensions: various

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