Johanne Brouillette is a Canadian abstract painter who has been living and working out of her studio located in the Laurentian Mountains for over 28 years.

Following close to 20 years painting in a representational landscape style, Johanne began studying pure abstraction and immediately connected with the style of the Automatistes painters such as Riopelle, Borduas and Ferron. She has found freedom of expression in abstraction pursued through automatism: an instinctive, unpremeditated form of creating art, and has created a fresh language all her own.

Brouillette is a jury elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists and the Federation of Canadian Artists. Her abstract paintings have been included in over 80 regional, national and international juried exhibits and have been awarded several prizes. In 2020, the Society of Canadian Artists awarded her the prestigious Antoinette Stevens Medal “Best in Show”. Her artworks have appeared in several publications including House & Garden magazine in the United Kingdom, Spotlight Contemporary Art Magazine in France and Art Folio Annual in the United States. 

Her work is represented in galleries and both private and corporate collections worldwide. A few notable one’s are the Montreal Neurological Hospital, Alzheimer Society of Canada, Jean Lapointe Foundation in Montreal, Principal Financial Group, Des Moines, USA, Merchants Bonding, West Des Moines, USA.

She currently lives and works in the Laurentians with her husband and two small dogs.

Artist Statement

My large-format abstract paintings are imbued with intense raw emotion and quiet tranquility. Technically, the work is non-representational, but to say this would be a disservice to the countless natural inspirations in my daily life. Each painting is created in a gestural, expressionistic style, yet references the highly influential Canadian landscape around me.

Nature has always been a part of my life, most notably my summers spent at our family waterfront cottage in the Laurentians. I enjoy observing seasonal changes, allowing different textures, colours and shapes of trees and leaves to influence my work.

My paintings are created with thick multilayered, heavily textured oils that can take weeks, months and even years of building. I rarely use brushes, preferring the physical act of moving, scraping and removing paint with palette knives. The painting can go through many lives or seasons, changing drastically during the process, depending where my inspiration takes me. My hope is that my abstracted landscape paintings hint at something familiar, yet remain open ended to allow the viewer’s imagination to complete the story. 

”I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”

Georgia O’keeffe

Curriculum Vitae

Invitational Exhibitions

  • 2022 Contemporary Abstraction, Moberg Gallery, Iowa
  • 2022  Square Foot Show, Paula White-Diamond Gallery, Waterloo
  • 2022 Big Ideas Show Spring and Fall, Paula White-Diamond Gallery, Waterloo
  • 2021 Summer Group Show, Moberg Gallery, Iowa
  • 2021 Summer Invitational Group Show, Red Sheep Gallery, New York
  • 2021 Spring Invitational Group Show, Red Sheep Gallery, New York
  • 2021 Contemporary Women Paint: Abstract Expressions, Moberg Gallery, Iowa
  • 2021 Diverse Voices, Artists of the Artist’s Voice, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2020 – Group Christmas Show, Moberg Gallery, Iowa
  • 2019 – Kicking Abstract and Taking Names, Moberg Gallery, Iowa

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018 Abstract Expressionism, Cailuan Art Gallery, Cornwall, Ontario
  • 2018 –  Notre point de vue n’est qu’une réalité, Piedmont, Québec
  • 2017 –  Regarde-moi, je suis là, St-Faustin Culture, Québec
  • 2017 –  Langage abstrait, St-Hippolyte Library, Québec

Jury Selected Exhibitions

  • 2022 – August Abstract Show, Julia Veenstra, Hamilton, Ontario
  • 2021 – Abstract2, Square Foot Online Exhibition, Julia Veenstra, Hamilton, Ontario
  • 2021 – Mascouche Arts Festival, Online Edition, Québec
  • 2021 – Best Largescale Artwork, Gallea, Montreal, Quebec;
  • 2021 – Curators’ Selection Gallea, Montreal, Quebec;
  • 2021 – Montreal Artists, Gallea, Montreal, Quebec;
  • 2021 – Mardi Gras, Gallea, Montreal, Quebec;
  • 2020 – Square Foot Online Exhibition, Julia Veenstra, Hamilton, Ontario
  • 2020 – Federation of Canadian Artists, Limitless Exhibition, Federation Gallery, Vancouver
  • 2020 – Society of Canadian Artists Annual Elected Members Exhibition
  • 2020 – 4th Annual Group Summer Show, Blue Crow Art Gallery, Toronto
  • 2020 – Federation of Canadian Artists, Social Distancing Exhibition, Federation Gallery, Vancouver
  • 2020 – Society of Canadian Artists, Annual International Juried Exhibition
  • 2019 – Square Foot and Big Ideas Exhibition, Paula White Diamond Art Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario
  • 2019 –  51st Juried Exhibition, Society of Canadian Artists, Viva Vida Art Gallery, Pointe-Claire, Québec
  • 2019 –  Vancouver Salon, Elected Members of the Federation of Canadian Artists, Canadian Federation Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 2019 –  Small Works Exhibition, Elected Members of the Federation of Canadian Artists, Canadian Federation Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 2019, 2018 – Mascouche Arts Festival, Québec
  • 2018 – 33e Visual Arts Exhibition, Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines
  • 2019, 2018, 2017 – Expo-auction FASS art Saint-Sauveur, Galerie Rod
  • 2018, 2017 – Expo-Concert in Mirabel
  • 2017 – Acquisition of permanent works for the city of Blainville, Blainville Art Gallery
  • 2017 – Rendez-vous Art-thé, Salle polyvalente de la gare de Piedmont

Group Exhibitions

  • 2022  Fall Exhibition St-Sauv-Art;
  • 2018, 2019   Annual Exhibit and Art Contest, ALPAP;
  • 2017, 2018 – Annual Juried Exhibition, St-Faustin Culture Centre;
  • 2017, 2018 – Accessible Art, St-Faustin Culture Centre;
  • 2016 – 2019 – Annual Art Exhibit, Blainville-art, Blainville Art Gallery;
  • 2016 – Exposition Un monde de couleurs, at the gallery l’Artiste in Montréal;
  • 2016 – 5 couleurs,  gare de Piedmont; and
  • 2016 – Envolées artistiques de la Galerie ARTrium, Mirabel.


  • 2020 – Best in Show, Antoinette Stevens Award, Society of Canadian Artists, Elected Members Annual Exhibition;
  • 2020, 2021 – Best Emerging Abstract and Contemporary Artist of the Year, Folio Annual;
  • 2020 – Honorable Mention, Artist of the Year, Circle Foundation For the Arts, 2019;
  • 2019 – Best Global Quality Abstract Art, Césure International Competition;
  • 2018 – The Gold brush at the Annual Exhibition in Mirabel;
  • 2017 – 3rd place at the Annual Exhibition at the St-Faustin Culture Centre;
  • 2016 – 2nd place at the Annual Exhibition of Blainville-Art.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Federation of Canadian Artists, Active member (FCA)
  • Society of Canadian Artists. Elected member (SCA)
  • Blainville-Art, Professional Category (BVA)
  • Saint-Sauveur Artist Association (Saint-Sauv’Art)


Corporate and Private Collections

  • Worldwide.