Longueuil, Quebec, Canada
Photo : Pierre Guzzo
Marie-Annick Viatour and Gaétan Berthiaume first met as students at Concordia University in Montréal. They quickly realized they shared a passion for old toys and a love of wood and articulated objects. Since then, partners in both work and life, they have pooled their talents and strengths, putting their two heads and four hands to work toward a single aim: creating unique works of art.
Even as a girl, Marie-Annick stood out for her talent. In 1979, she received the distinction of “Honorary Citizen” from the City of Longueuil for having her painting chosen to illustrate the Canadian stamp commemorating the International Year of the Child.
After completing their bachelors’ degrees in the visual arts, Marie-Annick and Gaétan undertook further studies in woodcarving. Gaétan also studied woodturning.
In 1995 the duo joined the arts cooperative L’Empreinte, where Gaétan sat on the board for eight years. Both artists continue to regularly serve as jurors for the Conseil des métiers d’art du Québec.
In the 2000 exhibition Matière à Vision IV, organized by the Conseil montérégien de la culture et des communications, their piece Au fil de l’eau received an honourable mention.
Throughout their career, they have received support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec and the City of Longueuil. Their work features in the City of Longueuil’s collection as well as in a number of private collections.
Their themed exhibitions have been enjoyed by art lovers of all ages in many different venues. The Musée québécois de culture populaire presented the exhibition La boîte à jouets de Fred from November 2013 to September 2014 and will tour the show until 2017.
2010 - present
2010 - present