Bonenfant-Dube, Marcelle

Marcelle Bonenfant Dubé was born in Métis-sur-mer, Quebec, in 1938. In 1975, she left the teaching profession to devote herself entirely to painting.

Having a strong passion for history and archeology, her research has been, for the past ten years, almost exclusively based on Man, his history, the traces he left behind, his myths and beliefs. Her study of ancient worlds has influenced the textures in her work, which often resemble ancient engravings.

Another significant theme addressed by Dubé is music. Through her choice of colour and the bold energy of her brushstrokes, the artist seeks to create an equivalent to the emotion brought upon the sonority and rhythm of a symphony.

Today, her work can be found in numerous public collections as well as many private collections across Canada, Europe and the United States.


2000-1999       Modelling courses, University of Quebec, Rimouski
1989-87          Visual Arts, University of Quebec, Rimouski
1975-72          Bachelor’s degree in children’s rehab, University of Quebec, Rimouski
1968-67          Painting courses, Quebec Academy


2009               Passion Musique, Renjeau Galleries, Massachusetts, États-Unis
2006               Galerie Michel-Ange, Montreal, Canada
                      Galerie Clarence Gagnon, Montreal, Canada
2003               Galerie Clarence Gagnon, Outremont, Quebec, Canada
2001               Pavillon des Arts, Ste-Adèle, Quebec, Canada
2000               Galerie Clarence Gagnon, Outremont, Quebec, Canada
1996               Galerie Estampe Plus, Québec, Canada
1995               Galerie Basque, Rimouski, Canada
1993               Galerie Westmount, Montreal, Canada
1992               Galerie d'Art La Falaise, Sherbrooke, Canada
                      Galerie Estampe Plus, Quebec, Canada
1988-90         Galerie Basque, Rimouski, Canada
1986              Michel de Kerdour Gallery, Quebec, Canada
1985              Michel de Kerdour Gallery, Quebec, Canada
                     Galerie Basque, Rimouski, Canada
                     Galerie Ambiance, St-Bruno-de-Montarville, Canada
1981              CEGEP of Rimouski, Art Gallery, Canada
1980              City Hall, Metis Beach, Canada
1979              Galerie Basque, Rimouski, canada


2010              Galerie Michel-Ange, Quebec, Canada
2010              Boston International Fine Art (BIFA) Show, Boston, United States
2008              Galerie Michel-Ange, Quebec, Canada
2005-03         Galerie Basque, Rimouski, Quebec, Canada
2002              Galerie Estampe Plus, Quebec, Canada
2001              Art Expo New York, New York, U.S.A.
1999              Musée Vaudreuil Soulanges, Vaudreuil, Quebec
                     Art Expo New York, New York, USA
                     Galerie Michel-Ange, Montreal, Canada
1998              Galerie La Régence, Braine-l’Alleud, Belgium
1997              Place Ville-Marie, Montreal, Canada
1996              Rockefeller Centre, New York, USA
1995              Musée du Bas St-Laurent, Rivière du loup, Canada
                     Galerie Estampe Plus, Quebec, Canada
                     Art ’95, New York, USA
1994-95        Galerie Basque, Rimouski, Canada
1994             Galerie Estampe Plus, Quebec, Canada
                    Galerie Pauline Johnson, Montreal, Canada
                    Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1993             Image 54 Gallery, Calgary, Canada
1991             Artes Galerie d'Art, Montreal, Canada
1990             First Impression Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1989             Artes Galerie d'Art, Montreal, Canada
                    Galerie d'Art La Falaise, Magog, Canada
                    Galerie Estampe Plus, Quebec, Canada
1988             National Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
1983             Galerie Le Tournassin, Amqui, Canada
                    Academy of Music, Rimouski, Canada
1982-83        Echange Art Westmount, Westmount City Hall, Canada
1982             Galerie Basque, Rimouski, Canada
                    Regional Museum of Rimouski, Canada
                    Galerie Coup D'Oeil, Rimouski, Canada
1981             CEGEP of Rimouski, Art Gallery, Canada
1978             Regional Museum of Rimouski, Canada

WRITTEN PRESS (main publications)

Robert Bernier, « Entendre se que l’on voit » Parcours, fall 2006, vol. 12, no. 3, p. 42-43
Arbec, Jules, « Matière en fusion », Parcours, spring 2003, p.13-14
Parent, Nathalie, « Marcelle Dubé, un retour aux sources », Magazin’art, fall 1998
Krysztofiak, Virginie, « Regard fossile », Parcours, fall 1996, p. 61-62


Télé-Québec, « Les choix de Sophie » with Sophie Durocher, September 1998
Various interviews, Radio-Canada and CFLP, Rimouski


2006               Artwork chosen for the advertisement of the Opera « La tragédie de Carmen »,
                       Théâtre of Rimouski, Quebec
2003               Artwork chosen by Société Radio-Canada (CBC Records) to be reproduced on the
                       album cover of the disc Islamy dedicated to the Russian composers
2000-1998     Illustration of pamphlet, posters and t-shirts for the Colorado Music Festival of
                       Boulder, Colorado, USA
1997               Artwork selected by the Salon du livre (book fair) of Rimouski to be the Arthur Buies
                       Prize to be given to a Quebec author
1993               Artwork selected by the Éditions Gaétan Morin for the cover of the book entitled
                       « L’Entreprise Stratégique »
1991               Artwork selected by Reader’s Digest for the cover of the magazine (1992)
                       Le Collectionneur, Montreal, 10 - 1991
                       The Oakville Beaver, 05 - 1991
1991-90         Cover page of the phone book for the regions of the North Shore, Gaspésie and
                       Lower St-Lawrence
1990               Le Progrès-Écho, 11 - 1990


Professional member of the RAAV
Member of the Conseil de la Culture du Bas-St-Laurent, Quebec

COLLECTIONS (partial list)

Air Canada, Montréal
Alcan Co., Montréal
Archambaut, Montréal
Arkansas Art Center
Astral Média, Montréal
Artothèque, Montpellier (France)
Banque National
Banque de Nouvelle-Écosse
Banque Royale du Canada
Bell Canada
Bibliothèque Nationale du Québec
Brascan Co. Toronto
Camu Inc.
Collection Esso
Collection Samuel Bronfman
Collection Steinberg
Confédération des Caisses Populaires Desjardins
Executive Inn Plaza, Coquitlam, B.C.
INO, Sainte-Foy
La Corporation Brother
Le Groupe Christie
Le Groupe Holiday
Lemur Group Inc.
Marriott Hôtel, Calgary, Alberta
Nabisco Brand, Montréal
Nortel, Montréal
Ogilvy-Renaud, Montréal
Peerless, Montréal
Sears, Dorval
Secor Conseil
Sinisco, Dorval
Stein, Monast, Montréal
Sun Life of Canada, Toronto
Ville de Rimouski