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Me, understanding myself as an artist.

I try to inject, to express as best I can, what it is that I wish to communicate through my paintings, sometimes, I get lost but I do try to keep things as clear as I can. I usually start by figuring out what I want to say and then I work out the composition, lines, tonal values, colours and texture. I struggle to come up with the communication, sometimes, it’s not the clearest of messages, but when I’m at my best, the painting speaks clearly.

I centre my focus around women, their lives, issues and conditions, trying to be consequential with myself and my thoughts. I may come off as rigid in how I think when it comes how and what I paint, but I think it’s vital to not be all over the place, at least in regards to my approach to my art.

When I decide on a communication I wish to express through painting, I will do all I must in order to understand all I can about it, keeping what works and leaving behind what doesn’t lend itself to the strengthening of the message. Of course, I do not work in a vacuum and so am influenced from many sources, including my own point of view, my gaze.

I feel success when I see understanding of my paintings in the viewer, when one of my paintings touches someone, when my art garners reactions, both positive and negative. I paint because I wish to engage you, and your reactions, your understanding, all of your responses to any given piece I create, is desired and needed, my art is nothing if it is only one sided.
Joelle Circé

A Woman Emerges / Une Femme Émerge


My art to be showcased in THE FEMAIL PROJECT this september 2013.

I have been asked to send off jpg images of 5 of my pieces for ‘ THE FEMAIL PROJECT ‘, an exhibition of portraits and overall images of contemporary feminism. This is on a global scale though the exhibition itself will be held in Birmingham, UK in september 2013. So excited to have my art in such a special exhibition. A shout out to the wonderful women who posed for these pieces ( Michelle, Kitty, Melanie, Jennifer, Viktoria and Sirena ).

2011 EstroGenius Festival. I was part of it. :)

Salon Collaboration Event: One Body, A Multitude of Expression works by female artists, a component of Estrogenius Festival 2011

Solo Exhibit at TWWAN’s Art.House.Gallery

That’s Women’s Work Arts Network


The Opening of That’s Women’s Work Arts Network Gallery

Art. House. Gallery.

On Saturday April 20th, 2013 7pm – 9pm

Located at 719 St. Clarens Ave, Toronto, Ontario M6H3X2

With the Art of Joelle Circé

This show will be up until May 10th, 2013 if you are a V.I.P Member you can call for a personal viewing (647) 343-9438 

All public welcome to stop by Tuesday through Saturday 12 noon till 6pm. 


Get your Print of my Art !

You can now get a print on demand of most of my art and a fraction of the cost of the original. Imagine building your own collection of my drawings and paintings. I make this option available because I want to share my art with everyone who would love to collect my art. The print can come in a great variety of sizes. And do let me know which ones you have ordered as I’m always interested in hearing from you.

Joelle Circé



A need to evolve.

In the past few months, I have been having such a difficult time even wanting to be in the studio, I couldn’t stand what I was creating anymore, I was getting very frustrated … I felt dead inside.


So I more or less walked away from painting, for a bit, until I could figure out what was going on in my world that had me not wanting to paint, to create. Yet, everything seemed to be going so well in regards to having models willing to pose for me, of having a loving partner who allowed for me to paint and not worry over much about housework and such. I mean, damn, I really have it good when you stop to think of it, so why was I having so much angst.


For a few months now, I would try and sit in front of my easel and paint as I had, popping out paintings by the dozen every year, but this simple action was fast becoming an impossible ordeal, I was actually getting depressed at the mere idea of doing one more piece that didn’t feel different from all the others. Don’t get me wrong, I think my art, technically and message-wise is pretty damn good, but I was feeling stifled, I was choking and gasping for air.


Well, yesterday … I again, after a few weeks of not painting, sat down in front of that easel and just took the time to look at the painting that was on it, what about it had me not desiring to continue painting, what was that elusive element that seemed to have been disconnected in me.


And then it hit me, not just like an idea it,s one when coming up with a smart observation or new awareness, no, I mean it hit me like a world changing, landscape re-organizing natural upheaval, this was not what I was looking for or thought was wrong or needed changing.


I realize that I am fatigued, bored, feeling incomplete with my old approach to drawing and painting, it doesn’t go far enough. I was at a point where I felt like a hamster on a treadmill, going around in circles, knowing I could be doing something more, something better, something higher as far as visual quality is concerned.


I need to move forward, not in changing my style so much as bringing it to the next level of it’s evolution. I’m not bored with painting and drawing, in fact I’ve never felt more in need of creating than at this point in my life, no it’s that I needed to see and understand that I now have to go elsewhere with it, bring it to another level technically and that, I admit both frightens and elates me because now that I am aware of this, I can only embrace it.



My gaze is no longer on the immediate effects of light, color, tonalities but rather on their fuller spectrum, with an emphasis on atmosphere and textures. I wish to convey an ever more deeper sense of our humanity through emotions born out through attention to detail. I feel I had become too predictable in what was expected from me, even from myself. 


I want to be able to bring the viewer into any one of my creations, both from a distance and then layer by layer, into more subtle and refined understanding of what is being communicated by me through it. In other words, I want my art to be like a multi course meal, one that is anticipated, well presented then enjoyed one layer at a time. The way in which I’m evolving may seem somewhat anachronistic but to me, it’s the way forward. I have this immense need to explore the subjects and topics I cherish through what is to many, an old seen before style … only what I’m creating really hasn’t and this is that specific level on which I operate, where I create.


If you took the time to read this note of mine, thank you, I love that you do and I hope to bring before you all, not a vastly different style of my art but a deeper, more intimate art.


Joelle Circé


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