• Visual Arts
    Lorraine Simms

    Lorraine Simms has painted subjects as diverse as mechanical hearts to portraits of women wanted for fraud. Firmly committed to painting as a means of engaging with the world, her practice has been developed in thematic series that are linked formally and conceptually. Her ong...

  • Music
    Chet Doxas

    Child prodigies in music are an inspiration to us all, so Quebecers will be pleased to learn that among this rarefied group is their very own Chet Doxas.  Classically trained on the piano and drums since the age of four, by the age of thirteen Doxas had played his first p...

  • Visual Arts
    Rick Leong

    Rick Leong is a painter who brings a contemporary approach to traditional Chinese imagery. A third generation Chinese- Canadian, he paints delicate large-scale canvasses that often incorporate snakes, dragons, and landscapes – images used by ancient Chinese artists. Leon...

  • Visual Arts
    Daniel Olson

    Daniel Olson is an installation artist and sculptor whose detailed and sometimes haunting work has been seen in countless galleries across Canada. His eye for detail comes across in the 1998 installation, Private Investigation, which recreates a classic private ey...

The vision behind ELAN’s Recognizing Artists: Enfin Visibles ! project was simple: Artists need to be part of a community, and communities need artists.  Quebec is not simple. It is a complex mix of linguistic, geographic and cultural communities. Most of Quebec’s “English-speaking” artists are bilingual, trilingual or multilingual. Many were born in Quebec where their families have lived for generations, while others immigrated here as children or were drawn as adults for a wide variety of reasons.  RAEV reveals a surprising diversity of stories.

Peers and fans proposed more than 1,700 artists for ELAN's RAEV project. The 154 artists selected for this “group portrait” represent multiple artistic disciplines, regions and career stages: from internationally renowned icons to emerging artists creating a buzz in the local scene. These short bios are a snapshot of a much larger artistic community.*

The videoclips show 24 artists at work and ask questions about what it means to be part of a minority community that is also connected to an international linguistic majority.  Being a minority/majority within a majority/minority creates unpredictable identities.

These essays place the current artistic renaissance in a historical context, outlining major characters, events and previously undocumented stories.  The interactive format invites readers to enrich the content by adding their own anecdotes and personal memories.


*Note: The RAEV project features living artists but in the future we will be adding a section to honour the memory of artists from past generations.