Luanne Martineau

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Luanne Martineau (born 1970) is a contemporary, multimedia Canadian artist best known for her hand-spun and felted wool sculptures. Her work engages with social satire as well as feminist textile practice.


Martineau was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She earned a Fine Art Diploma from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 1993, and a Masters of Fine Art from the University of British Columbia in 1995. She was previously an Associate Curator at the Art Gallery of Calgary, and later a Professor of theory and Curatorial Studies at the University of Victoria.[1] She is now based in Montreal, where she is an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Concordia University.[2]


Martineau has been exhibiting across Canada and internationally since the mid-1990s. Her work blurs the boundaries between craft and fine art, combining labour-intensive female handwork with questions about the politics of the body, style and ideology. Her "drulptures" are three-dimensional felt assemblages that are not literal interpretations of the human form, but which have bodily shapes and grotesque fleshy resemblances.[3] [4] In 2010-2012, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal organized a touring exhibition of Martineau's work.[5] This exhibition was accompanied by a catalogue that included essays by Lesley Johnstone, Dan Adler, and Shirley Madill.[6]


In 2007, Martineau with the winner of the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation's VIVA Award for the Visual Arts.[7] In 2005 she was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award, and in 2009 she was shortlisted.[8]


Martineau's work is in the collections of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax,[9] the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria,[10] the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa,[11] the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts,[12] amongst others.

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  1. ^ "B.C. Visual Artists Receive Awards" (PDF). 2007.
  2. ^ "Faculty". Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  3. ^ "Luanne Martineau". MAC Montréal. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  4. ^ "An Interview with Luanne Martineau". Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  5. ^ "Luanne Martineau - Art Gallery of Windsor". 2012.
  6. ^ "Luanne Martineau". MAC Montréal. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  7. ^ "VIVA Award Recipients 1988-2017". The Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  8. ^ "Sobey Art Award – Past Awards". Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  9. ^ Government of Canada, Department of Canadian Heritage. "Artefacts Canada". Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  10. ^ "Untitled | Art Gallery of Greater Victoria". Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  11. ^ "Take a Knee". Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  12. ^ "LOVE LETTERS TO THE SHIV ARTIST". Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  13. ^ "Vancouver Art Gallery". Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  14. ^ L'Inconnue. "Women's Work".
  15. ^ "COMPRESSION – Western Exhibitions". Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  16. ^ "Fait main / Hand made". Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ). Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  17. ^ "Beyond the Edges: Art & Geometry". Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  18. ^ "The Green of Her". Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  19. ^ Gallery, Kamloops Art. "All membranes are porous". Kamloops Art Gallery. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  20. ^ "Luanne Martineau - Art Gallery of Windsor". 2012.
  21. ^ "Past". Brock University. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  22. ^ "Exhibition Luanne Martineau". MAC Montréal. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  23. ^ "Vancouver Art Gallery". Archived from the original on 2018-08-02. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  24. ^ "Peculiar Culture: The Contemporary Baroque | Art Gallery of Greater Victoria". Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  25. ^ "Luanne Martineau | Bed Sitter". Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver. Retrieved 2019-03-09.