A relief carving by Mark Robichaud, Beliveau’s Cove, Nova Scotia.

A rare early example of Mark Robichaud’s relief paintings: Hearts, Spade and Fish. In Mr. Robichaud’s original painted frame. It measures 15 1/2 inches by 11 inches sight and 21 by 16 inches overall. A brilliant relief carving by one of Canada’s finest outsider artists.

Hearts Spade and Fish

Carved relief painting by Mark Robichaud

A rare woodcarving of a Horse by Henri Lajeunesse, Joliette, Quebec.

A rare carving by Henri Lajeunesse, (1906-1998), from Joliette, Quebec. A sculptor of animals and people from the age of 70 until he passed away in 1998. A spotted white Horse measuring about 10 inches long and 9 inches high. The mane of the horse is cotton cord.

Spotted White Horse Henri Lajeunesse Jolliette, P.Q.

A primitive woodcarving by Henri Lajeunesse Joliette, P.Q.

A recent find: Nova Seagull by Daniel Deveau, Cheticamp, N.S.

A fine primitive Sea Gull with great feet. Carved by Daniel Deveau from Cheticamp in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Signed on the base, it is about 20 years old and 14 inches long.

A fine primitive Gull from Cape Breton Island

A fine primitive Sea Gull by Daniel Deveau, Cheticamp, Nova Scotia.

A Very Fine Ornamental Hooked Rug

Hooked Rug - George Edward Trembley - 1950's

Hooked Rug – George Edward Trembley – 1950’s

A very fine ornamental hooked rug by Georges Edouard Tremblay from Baie-St.-Paul in Charlevoix County, Quebec. Made in  the 1950’s; the scene is a cabin in winter. It is mounted in a period Elm wood frame made by the Thibault company from St Therese, Quebec. A rare mat; the colors are in original condition with virtually no fading.

Georges Tremblay (1902-1987) was a painter and designed and made hokked rugs. He was known for his landscapes of Charlevoix County (in watercolor and later acrylics) and the ornamental hooked rugs he made from these images. He originally made designs and patterns for hooking mats and in 1931 opened a school in Pointe-au-Pic, near Baie-St.-Paul where by 1940 he had taught some 300 students to hook rugs. Most were of his design and used his patterns.

There is some confusion over the various signatures on these hooked mats. A rug with G.E.T. in the lower left or right corner only, can be assumed to have been one that was made by Mr. Tremblay. G.E.T. in one corner and other, different, initials in the other is one made by a student under his direction (C.T. is Claire Thibault, for example and IDA is Ida Harvey). Some mats are found with G.T. only and these were made by other rug hookers; not by Mr. Tremblay.

I have always wished to find a painting by Tremblay and pair it with a rug made by him from a pattern of that painting. The closest I have come is a painting of his with the consignment of the right to reproduce it to Ida Harvey written on the back in his hand. It would be great fun.

East Coast Trip

A cluster of yellow birds wood carving by Charlie Poirier, Cheticamp, Nova Scotiawood carvings by Charlie PoirierSome interesting things from the last trip to the East Coast.

A visit with Charlie Poirier in Cheticamp, Nova Scotia. A “young new artist”, Mr. Poirier is a sculptor who is particularly interested in birds.

Shown is photo of the artist in his studio as well as a recent ‘cluster’ of birds by him. The third image shows two of his earliest pieces: the artist and his lady and a yellow bird in a branch.