Today, I am featuring two more Canadian painters, who at the very least, are very interesting. They are André Fontaine and Elisabetta Fantone.
✔ Let’s start with Elisabetta Fantone. She is a Canadian painter, yes, but also an actress, model and author. She was born on born August 12, 1982 in Montreal, Quebec.
As a teenager, she was a hair model for brands such has Wella, Redken, Bed Head and L’Oreal. Elisabetta gained much recognition in 2006 with her appearance on the reality television series Loft Story, a Big Brother-inspired show based in Montreal. She also played Daisy, the leading role in Bruno-Pierre Houle’s Daisy.She also played Carolyn Thacker on The Mountain, an NBC movie directed by Douglas Barr which is also being used as a pilot for a possible series. The Mountain was aired in 2010.
As a painter, Elisabetta’s first work was sold for $8000 on eBay during her time on Loft Story; she gave all the proceeds of the painting to the MIRA Foundation.
✔ The second painter for today is André Fontaine. He was born on March 6, 1926 in St Gédeon, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec; he passed away on January 30, 2005, in Quebec. He was a painter known as “The Painter of the Stars” and like Fantone, he also had another career, as a newspaper journalist. He was also a speaker at academic conferences, a tenor opera singer who gave concerts in churches, and a guests in TV shows to talk about his art.
He founded the Cosmonitic art in Quebec, being the first to use fiberglass. He was recognized worldwide and skirted famous names, including Walt Disney who dedicated a Mickey Mouse cartoon published in newspapers around the world.
He Worked as a freelance journalist, correspondent of the International Press Institute, and as a reporter for agencies including, Radio-Canada, Pathe News, The Saturday Evening Post and International Movietone.
In 1977, he met a young artist, Joan Doyon. Both artists have developed a beautiful partnership working, so the following year, 1978 he proposed a bold plan to open an art gallery together. Fontaine Art Gallery opened in Quebec on 56, rue St-Pierre. They offered courses to underprivileged youths, which made it the first art gallery offering art classes and professionals to receive a government grant, which was led by René Lévesque.