Michael Gaudet is a well-established professional artist who specializes in large-scale murals, portraiture, landscape and historic paintings.
His murals are meticulously researched to achieve a high standard of accuracy and design. The muralist is kept busy designing, painting and installing permanent archival quality productions for a diverse clientele including towns throughout Saskatchewan, private businesses, organizations and the Church. A recent large project was the “World’s Largest Free-Standing Mural” at Young, SK. (see below). See the project blog to read more about this ongoing commission. This massive mural (20′ high x 80′ in length) was installed in the summer of 2017 facing highway #2 just south of Young, SK. To view a curated selection of Gaudet’s most important murals, please visit his portfolio: MURALS website. In 2019-2020, Gaudet designed a large stainless-steel public artwork with partial funding from Heritage Canada to help commemorate The centennial of Manitou Beach. This monument is situated just east of Relics on the shore of Little Manitou Lake. It was fabricated and erected in collaboration with Robert Thibault and Darrell Baschak. The Official Unveiling and Dedication will take place on July 1st, 2021.
Another specialty is the very challenging genre of ‘portraiture’. Gaudet has drawn and painted hundreds of portraits over the years and has now reached the point with his expertise where he is fully capable of rendering a very convincing likeness of the physical attributes of his subject. The challenge now is to go beyond a mere physical resemblance to the model in search of the more elusive ‘feeling’ of the person. He insists that a truly successful portrait must not only ‘look’ like the model but must also ‘feel’ like the person. In other words, his best work reflects the deeper spiritual and psychic essence of the model.
Gaudet is on a life-long painting adventure. His paintings are rich in color and detail that explore the everyday things around him with a concentrated fascination. Gaudet studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with New York figure painter Eric Fischl and Dutch color field painter Jan Andriesse. This exposure to international art and artists continues to exert an influence on his work to this day. He paints with acrylics in the European style of the old masters, using multiple transparent glazes to achieve rich, jewel-like colors and vivid contrast.
In 2010, Gaudet and his partner Sharon Gibson established ‘G-G’s Gallery & Gifts’ as an addition to their residence at the Resort Village of Manitou Beach.
This seasonal business has been very successful as it taps into the well-established tourist trade that has been an economic and cultural staple of the Resort Village for generations. G-G’s Gallery & Gifts offers the public a ‘living portfolio’ where they can meet the artist, see his and Sharon Gibson’s original artwork on display and view his extensive portfolio of mural commissions all in one visit. Please visit Gaudet’s ‘Art Blog’ to stay abreast of his latest paintings and design projects.
In late 2015, Gaudet published the first of three books called Dancing with Rejection: A Beginners’ Guide to Immortality. A Memoir, “Dancing…” traces his story as a designer and painter of monumental murals as well as a life-time of “Kidney Ailments”. He unflinchingly reveals his struggles but also his triumphs in this book. You may purchase your own copy at www.mrgaudet.com or a signed copy directly from the artist when you visit G-G’s Gallery and Gifts.
After the success of his first book of memoirs, called Dancing with Rejection: A Beginners’ Guide to Immortality, Michael has published the second of his trilogy titled A Work in Progress: The Life my Brother Saved. Gaudet was blessed with a second kidney transplant in 2014, after enduring over five years of life-sustaining dialysis therapy. He continues to design and paint his “monumental” murals along with his writing and also co-operates the seasonal “G-G’s Gallery and Gifts” with his partner Sharon Gibson. The couple are excited to announce that they are in their 12th year of operation. Commissions accepted. Please visit www.mrgaudet.com to read more. Visit his Art Blog at GaudetArt.blogspot.ca. Book reading, signing and the usual fare at 309 Evenson Ave. Manitou Beach. Follow the bright red and yellow signs.
Location: E. one block past Danceland at Manitou Beach, turn right on Charles St., then right to 309 Evenson Ave. at the cul-de-sac.
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Manitou Reflections Project: Michael’s early design concept went on to secure 50% funding from Canada Heritage to create the installation at Manitou Beach. He is working with two local artists in collaboration: Darrell Baschak and Robert Thibeault. The project is scheduled to be unveiled July 1, 2021.