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1939 à 1955

1956 à 1965

1965 à 1971

1971 - today

The Man and the Artist : 1971-1997


The Farm in St. Hilarion (1972)
As Vladimir had expected, as soon as he got his diploma, he landed himself a first contract in an advertising agency ; but he soon realized that he did not particularly enjoy that type of work. He then considered the alternative of painting, a form of expression that he had always found very appealing.


It really was not easy at first. To persevere in his choice, it took a good deal of determination, a lot of work, the patience and understanding of his wife, and a few bank loans to make ends meet.
His decision to leave the city to settle on a farm in the county of Charlevoix was a very deliberate one : first, he wanted peace of mind, which he thought was essential for creative work ; then, it was a region covered with water and mountains, and it reminded him a little bit of the Rockies, that wonderful territory of his childhood ; finally, both he and his wife thought that the country would be an ideal place to raise children. That’s how he became one of the forerunners of a new generation of artists who came to settle in the magnificent county of Charlevoix, reinforcing the already well established artistic vocation of the region and giving it a new vigour.

He played gentleman farmer while painting and giving drawing and painting lessons in Quebec City and at his studio in Saint-Hilarion. But after a few years of a life that was a little more eventful than expected, he was finally able to reach his goal, which was to dedicate himself entirely to painting.

As a result, from 1976 on, his farming activities gradually decreased to leave an increasing amount of time for painting, and so today, his main occupation as far as his farm is concerned consists in catching a few trout in his pond or watching the trees grow on his land.


The Gentleman Farmer

Since then, several important events have marked his artistic career :

  • In 1978, he teamed up with MultiArt, an agency whose mandate was the promotion of Canadian artists. This partnership, which lasted until 1992, had a positive impact on the diffusion of his works and the establishment of his reputation on a national scale.

  • In 1982, he took part in the very first symposium of Baie-Saint-Paul with seven other artists from Charlevoix. For the occasion, perched on a scaffolding because of the size of the painting - 8’ x 12’ (2,4 m x 3,6 m) -, he portrayed a scene from Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, the Charlevoix village where the famous French Canadian writer Gabrielle Roy had her summer house.


Vladimir at the 1982 Symposium in Baie-Saint-Paul
  • In 1983, the Éditions Alain Stanké, in collaboration with MultiArt, published a French and English versions of a monograph entitled Vladimir Horik. This book, which featured a biography of the artist and the reproduction of more than fifty of his works, was the authoritative reference until the publication of a new monograph in 1996.

  • He was featured in art magazines and in several books dealing with painting. And he appeared in or was the main subject of various videos and films concerning painting.

  • He was one of twelve Quebec painters whose serigraphs were edited and presented in a case, produced and launched for the 350th anniversary of the foundation of the city of Montreal, in 1992.

  • In 1992, thanks to the efforts of his new agent, none other than his son Martin, there was a turning point in his already well established career : it took on an international dimension. Martin started by organizing in France a few group exhibitions and, in view of the excellent response art enthusiasts gave his father’s work, he set up three one-man shows : the first one at L’Impérial Palace in Annecy, which was an original and memorable event ; the second one at the municipal museum of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, artistic centre in Southern France ; and the third one at La Défense in Paris, city recognized as a nerve centre of the arts. Martin also produced a group of signed, limited edition silk-screen prints which, through a French partner, are now found in 26 countries and on three continents.

  • In 1996, Martin organized another event in Annecy which was as successful as the first one.

  • In May 1996, Martin published a new monograph, bilingual, entitled L’alchimiste des couleurs, Vladimir Horik, the Alchemist of Colours. The book contains some 90 reproductions, 19 of which are double spread, and it won a silver medal at the 1996 edition of the Gala Gutenberg, a yearly event which rewards the best printing achievements of the year.


The Artist’s Haven of Peace in St. Hilarion (1996)

To conclude, Vladimir Horik wishes to say that he has the privilege and the great pleasure to do something he truly enjoys doing and that he has already started working on an exciting project due for the year 2000.


At Vladimir’s Place, Summer of 1997

The Y2K years.  New biography texts soon...

 


The Imperial Palace 2005 official poster

 


The Imperial Palace lobby

 


Poster painting -  The Imperial Palace 2005

 


Video on the artist

 


A french horse at Verrier-du-Lac, France
 

Another great memory from France

 


Balcony view from the Imperial

 


French "soirée"
 

At Monica and Jacques
 

The Massif official poster before 2000

 


Vladimir and Renée 44 years later
 

Vladimir and one of his creation "En surplomb du Fleuve"