Studio visit: David Lafrance at the Topographical Garden

September 23, 2023 from 12 pm to 7 pm, in the presence of the artist

Studio visit: David Lafrance at the Topographical Garden

2225 Noiseux Street, Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC

In the shadow of Mont Saint-Hilaire, I create and maintain a garden that serves as a model for my paintings. The event on September 23 will introduce visitors to the first series of paintings inspired directly by this living laboratory.

My initial methodology for this experimental horticultural project was borrowed from cartography. The basic structure of the garden takes up, on a small scale, the characteristic elements of the St-Hilaire region: its river, its mountain and its fields. But the contours of the map were soon challenged by the forces of nature itself, as well as by my very personal relationship with amateur gardening. This project titled “Topographical Garden” cultivates surprising tensions between nature and culture. All this time spent patiently observing the countryside leads me to believe that, more than ever, our relationship with the environment needs to be repainted.

I’d like to take this opportunity to extend my warmest thanks to Guylaine Duvernay, who so generously welcomed me on her land. I would also like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts for its financial contribution to this project.

— David Lafrance, St-Hilaire, 2023


David Lafrance (b. 1976) holds a Master of Fine Arts from Concordia University in Montreal. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions and biennales in Canada, the United-States, and in France. Among his recent solo exhibitions are Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay (2018); Galerie Hugues Charbonneau (2014, 2016, 2018 and 2021); Ceaac (2015), Strasbourg; L’Œil de Poisson (2014), Québec City; and the Musée régional de Rimouski (2012), which won the prize for “Best exhibition outside of Montréal” at the AGAC’s Gala des arts visuels. He recently participated in various group exhibitions, namely at the Stewart Hall Art Gallery (2021), the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides (2018), Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal (2015), l’Œil de Poisson (2015), Art Action Actuel, in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (2013), and at the Centre d’art l’Écart, in Rouyn-Noranda (2013).

His artworks are present in several collections, including the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, la Caisse de dépôt et Placement du Québec, Hydro-Québec,  Mouvement Desjardins and also the cities of Montreal and Laval.