Born in Montreal, Canada, in 1972

Lives and works in Montreal, Canada

Patrick Bernatchez is a self-taught artist whose multimedia works have been the subject of numerous solo shows, in particular at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Germany (2010), at the Galerie Bertrand Grimont in France (2009), at the Artists Space in the United-States (2009), as well as in Montreal at Centre des arts actuels Skol (2008). Bernatchez has also participated in a number of group shows in Canada, in Europe and in Australia. In particular at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (2008 et 2010), at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2008 et 2010) and at Carriageworks in Sydney (2010).

From 2006 to 2008, Bernatchez produced a series of multimedia works named Chrysalides. This colossal project represents a foreboding of modern catastrophes scrutinized in detail through sketches, videos, sculptures, canvases, soundscapes and installations. Chrysalides represents the transitory stage of a caterpillar becoming a butterfly; this series is, in the artist’s life, equally a symbol of that primordial period of transition to maturation. Since 2009, the artist has been working on a second series entitled Lost in Time. He explores the theme of death in all its temporality, situating his work within a space-time context and within cycles of degeneration and renewal. Bernatchez rethinks the relationship between the past, the present and the future, by questioning the linear quality of time. Somewhere between reality and the imaginary, he examines different spheres of interest such as ancient art, classical music, experimental cinema, extreme sports and derelict spaces, persuading the viewer to enter into a temporal labyrinth.

Artist represented by Battat Contemporary.

Artist’s Website


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