August 07, 2017

Konnichiwa from Nagoya!


Konnichiwa!

I have been  living in Nagoya, Japan for about a month and a half now and it is awesome! The people are super polite and friendly, everything is neat and clean, the food is amazing and there's art everywhere! I've been walking around with my camera exploring my new city and come across so many little statues and art installations, they're just everywhere in his city.



It is the height of summer right now so both temperatures and humidity are skyrocketing but that doesn't keep the Japanese from partying. The summer seating is filled with all kinds of local festivals, so far we've seen Geisha dances, 5 m tall paper lanterns that were carried by a single person, boats decorated with hundreds of paper lanterns, many different floats and huge fireworks shows (as in 2 hours long!) I will attach some pictures and video's to the bottom of this post.

All our stuff is still on a boat, it's a long way from Montréal to Nagoya, so my new studio space is quite empty right now. If everything goes according to plan everything should arrive by the end of September and I can't wait! There's so much inspiration here in Japan!

But, while I'm waiting for my easel and paints to arrive I'm not idly sitting by. I'm doing tons of exploring and collecting many, many photographs of the amazing architecture and quirky urban icons here in Japan and I've started my Japanese classes, which is quite challenging and time consuming. It is definitely going to take some time to get a grip on this complicated language. I'm totally aware that I'm never going to fluent but since the majority of Japanese people do not speak a word of English, anything I learn is going to be helpful. Knowing the kanji for beef, pork and chicken is already saving me tons of time in the local supermarket :)

I'll try to write some more regular updates on this blog but adjusting to a new country and culture can be time consuming and exhausting so it might take some time for me to get back to my regular schedule of weekly blog posts. In the mean time you can stay up to date on my adventures here in Japan by following me on Facebook and Instagram, where I post more regularly.


















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May 16, 2017

Studio Sale May 27th 2017


Time is flying here in Montréal! Only 4 more weeks before I am packing up my studio for my big move to Nagoya, Japan! I am so excited for this new adventure!

But before I leave this beautiful city behind I am inviting you to come visit my studio here on l'ile Bizard on May 27th from noon to 6pm for a very special studio sale!

There will be a wide variety of original artwork, sketches, prints, cards and books available with discounts up to 75%!

If you like my work this would be the perfect opportunity to add a piece to your collection!

This very special sale will be held on Saturday May 27 from 12-6pm in my studio on l'île Bizard (exact address will be posted on the Facebook event page on May 25th).

For questions please contact me by email.

April 11, 2017

Two amazing solo exhibitions!

Last weekend was a little crazy and a lot awesome! On Friday we celebrated the opening of my solo exhibition 'Departure' at Viva Vida Art Gallery. This is a retrospective show of works created during my time here in Montréal and with so many pieces going up it was a bit of a scramble to get ready, but we made it and it looks awesome!


Because the exhibition features over 50 pieces from 8 different bodies of work I was a little worried about how the show would look. But, although it is quite overwhelming with so many pieces, I think it still looks cohesive and I am very happy with the result! If you didn't get a chance to join us for the opening this past Friday, the exhibition will run until April 20th. Viva Vida Art Gallery is located on 278-2 Lakeshore in Pointe Claire, it's definitely worth a look if you're in the area!

After an awesome opening night on Friday I had to get up bright and early to hop on a train to Toronto for the opening of my solo exhibition 'Cities Through My Eyes'! When I arrived at Latitude 44 Gallery I was blown away at how amazing the exhibition looked. This is such a beautiful space, it really compliments the work.


This exhibition features my most recent works so it was very interesting to see the difference between both shows. If you didn't get a chance to join us for the opening celebrations this Saturday, this exhibition will run until April 28th. Latitude 44 Gallery is located on 2900 Dundas st. West in Toronto. If you're in the neighbourhood it's definitely worth to go check out this wonderful space!

I will also be giving an artist talk at Viva Vida Art Gallery on Thursday April 20th from 7-8:30pm, this event will be free to attend. I will be talking about my inspiration and techniques and about how my work has evolved over the year. Surrounded by so many diverse pieces from different bodies of work, this is definitely going to be an interesting evening!





April 05, 2017

It's almost time!

Mark your calendars because this Friday (April 7th) and this Saturday (April 8th) we will celebrate the opening of my two upcoming solo exhibitions, I really hope to see you all there!


On Friday evening from 7-10pm everyone is invited to join us at Viva Vida Art Gallery (278 Lakeshore in Pointe Claire) to celebrate the opening of 'Departure' my final solo exhibition in Montréal!


On Saturday afternoon from 4-7pm everyone is invited to join us at Latitude 44 Gallery (2900 Dundas St. West in Toronto) to celebrate the opening of 'Cities Through My Eyes' a solo exhibition of my most recent work. Here's a little sneak peek!







The Suburban Newspaper wrote a very nice article about 'Departure'. 

March 22, 2017

Montréal and Toronto come say 'Sayonara' on April 7 & 8!

Only 13 weeks until I say Au Revoir Montréal and Konnichiwa Japan! If you would like a chance to say 'Sayonara' in person there will be two perfect opportunities coming up in April!

If you're in Montréal we will be opening 'Departure' my final solo-exhibition at Viva Vida Art Gallery on April 7th with a festive vernissage from 7-10pm (the exhibition will run from April 7-20)!  Having worked together since 2010, “Departure” will be my fifth and final solo exhibition at Viva Vida Art Gallery. As opposed to previous exhibitions, which all focused on individual bodies of work, this ‘salon style show’ will feature a variety of works. This provides a unique opportunity to get an insight into my development as an artist over the past eight years, and the influence our city has had on my artistic language.

“Denise Buisman Pilger is a very talented artist who has a great future in the art world. We would like to encourage everyone to take this final opportunity to view Buisman Pilger’s prolific artwork and to see a culmination of the works completed during her time in Montreal. In addition, this exhibition stands as a celebration of a wonderful collaboration between Viva Vida and the artist. We invite everyone to come meet Denise in person, and join us in bidding her an au revoir and farewell!” Says Gallery Director Nedia El Khouri

If you're in Toronto you will have a chance to come see me at the opening of my solo exhibition 'Cities Through My Eyes' at Latitude 44 Gallery on April 8 from 4-7pm (the exhibition will run from April 8-28)! This is going to be my first solo exhibition at Latitude 44 Gallery and I am very excited to share my most recent work in this beautiful space!

“With an extended stay in Japan coming, this will be a unique opportunity to see the influences that North America, and Canada in particular, have had on Denise’s work. We are looking forward to following her work in the upcoming years. It will be interesting to see its development as she starts exploring a whole new continent and culture.” Say Latitude 44 gallery directors MaryAnn DiBernardo and Janet DiBernardo.

“I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to share my work with the wonderful people of Montréal and Toronto before my extended trip to Japan. Canada has been very good to me and this beautiful country will always hold a special place in my heart. I really hope everyone will join us for the special opening events at Viva Vida Art Gallery and Latitude 44 Gallery on April 7th & 8th so I have a chance thank you all for making me feel welcome and at home these past eight years!” 



March 06, 2017

Time for a new adventure!


I have some exciting news to share, in a couple of months we are going to be jumping into a new adventure! We will pack up our household and move everything to Nagoya, Japan for the next 2-4 years!

The piece you see above has turned out to be a little prophetic. The images I used came from little Tokyo in LA, when we were walking below those red and white lanterns we had no idea that this adventure was in our future.

I am super excited to immerse myself in a new culture, dive into some new techniques and learn some Japanese! We've never been to Asia so there's going to be a huge culture shock waiting for us, but we're both really looking forward to this new adventure!

I won't be saying goodbye to Montréal until late June of this year and I have a couple of events scheduled before I leave so there will definitely be an opportunity to catch up with me before I leave. I will post some more information about my upcoming events soon!

If you have your eye on one of my pieces and you would like to add it to your collection before I move to the other side of the world shoot me an email, I'm sure we can work something out.

Changes like these are awesome but they also bring a lot of stress and tons of preparations so there might be some gaps in my posts in the upcoming months. If you're eager for information my Instagram (TheArtistAbroad) and Facebook Page are probably the places where I'll post the most updates.

March 01, 2017

Thanks for visiting booth at the Artist Project!


I had an amazing time at the Artist Project over the weekend! A BIG Thank You to everyone who came by the say hello, I had so much fun chatting with all of you and it made me so happy to see my work find such loving forever homes!

As always the organization was impeccable and all the exhibitors were so welcoming and supportive, you should definitely check out my booth mates Carolina Vargas Reis, Anand Jaggernouth and of course my friend and collaboration partner Jono Dorion. We finally revealed our collaboration pieces to the public!


If you didn't get a chance to attend the show I created a little video that will give you an idea of what the show was like, you can also check my website for more images. If you spotted something you would like to add to your collection please don't hesitate to contact me!

February 20, 2017

Montréal or Toronto?

Montréal Mayhem (Booth 529)

Toronto Torror (Booth 809)

If you like Canada's favourite pass time and you are a proud Montréaler or Torontonian you are going love my collaboration with my friend and fellow artist Jono Dorion

We collaborated to create two panels that take the rivalry between Montréal and Toronto to a whole new level.  Mashing together the monster movies of old with Canada’s favorite pass time, they managed to fuse their distinctly different styles together into two unique works of art titled ‘Montréal Mayhem’ and ‘Toronto Terror’.  The artists will each exhibit one of the pieces in their individual booths (booth #529 and #809) at the 10th edition of the Artist Project, one of Canada's largest curated contemporary art fairs to be held at the Better Living Center in Toronto from February 24-26.

“The idea was born on our drive back from the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition last year.  A six hour drive turned into an impromptu brainstorming session, by the time we reached Montréal we had most of the details worked out” tells Jono Doiron.  “It is quite unusual to see artists collaborating at an exclusive show like this, but after working together on the preparation of both the Artist Project as well as the Toronto Outdoor Exhibition this feels like a natural progression.”

“Because we live in Montréal and the pieces would be revealed in Toronto we thought it would be fun to play with the rivalry between the cities. Using the hockey team mascots as well as the distinct architectural differences between the cities gave us a way to fuse our distinctly different styles together” says Denise Buisman Pilger.  “Although we don’t share a studio space we were able to each have an equal hand in the creation of these pieces,”

Although they each work in a distinctly different style and technique, their work belongs in the realm of contemporary art.  Denise Buisman Pilger works with photo based mixed media techniques, creating sprawling cityscapes and highlighting forgotten and ignored urban elements.  Jono Doiron revisits childhood influences of cartoons, comics and animation, revealing truth into jokes and bridging elements of the mundane into fantasy.  Combining their styles in these two pieces feels more natural then it might initially seem.

The artists are looking forward to finally revealing this collaboration at the Artist Project 2017.  Denise Buisman Pilger will exhibit ‘Montréal Mayhem’ in booth #529 and Jono Doiron will show off ‘Toronto Terror’ in booth #809.  The Artist Project runs from February 24 to 26, 2017 at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place in Toronto, for more information visit www.theartistproject.com.  

The Artist Project, Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto, ON.
February 24 to 26, 2017
Thursday, Feb. 23: 5–10pm (Early Access Preview & VIP Opening Night Party, 19+ event)
Friday, Feb. 24: 11am–10pm  | Saturday, Feb. 25: 11am–8pm | Sunday, Feb. 26: 11am–6pm

Our collaboration in the media:




February 15, 2017

Come See Me in Booth 529 at Artist Project 2017!


Come See Me in Booth 529 at Artist Project 2017! 

Next week I will return to Toronto to exhibit my newest artworks in booth 529 at the Artist Project! This upscale art event will be held from February 24 to 26, 2017 at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place in Toronto. Buy your tickets online now and use the promo code TAP10YRS for a special discount! You can check out my artist profile here.

The Artist Project features the work of the 250 top contemporary artists from Canada and abroad. Visit the installation zone and explore large-scale sculptures and conceptual art and check out the 'Birthday' Artist Competition, in honour of the fair's 10th anniversary. This theme will explore the idea of a birthday party, sharing memories, and celebrating these special moments in our lives. Visitors can vote in the People’s Choice Award for their favourite entry and be automatically entered to win a $250 towards a work of art and a pair of tickets to the Opening Night Party at Artist Project 2018!



Special artist collaboration takes rivalry between Montréal and Toronto to a new level!

Denise Buisman-Pilger and Jono Doiron – two Montreal based artists, collaborated to create two panels that take the rivalry between Montréal and Toronto to a whole new level.  Mashing together the monster movies of old with Canada’s favorite pass time, they managed to fuse their distinctly different styles together into two unique works of art titled ‘Montréal Mayhem’ and ‘Toronto Terror’.  The artists will each exhibit one of the pieces in their individual booths (#529 and #809) at the 10th edition of the Artist Project.

“The idea was born on our drive back from the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition last year.  A six hour drive turned into an impromptu brainstorming session, by the time we reached Montréal we had most of the details worked out." ~ Jono Doiron 

“Because we live in Montréal and the pieces would be revealed in Toronto we thought it would be fun to play with the rivalry between the cities. Using the hockey team mascots as well as the distinct architectural differences between the cities gave us a way to fuse our distinctly different styles together” ~ Denise Buisman Pilger

The artists are looking forward to finally revealing this collaboration at the Artist Project 2017.  Denise Buisman Pilger will exhibit ‘Montréal Mayhem’ in booth #529 and Jono Doiron will show off ‘Toronto Terror’ in booth #809.


Dates & Times
Early Access Preview
Thursday February 23  |  5-10 PM
Opening Night Party
Thursday February 23  |  7-10 PM

Friday February 24  |  11 AM - 10 PM
Saturday February 25  |  11 AM - 8 PM
Sunday February 26  |  11 AM - 6 PM
Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place
195 Princes’ Blvd
Toronto, ON M6K 3C3

February 09, 2017

Getting ready for the Artist Project 2017!

Wow! it's February already! How did that happen?! I have been super duper busy in the studio, creating so many new paintings, all in preparation for the upcoming Artist Project! time flies when you're having fun!


I am really excited to share all these new pieces in my booth at the Better Living Centre in a couple of weeks. The Artist Project will from February 23-26, I will be showing off my new pieces in booth #529! For anyone who would like to attend this amazing show you can get a nice discount if you buy your tickets online using discount code TAP10YRS.


If you have been following me on Facebook and Instagram (TheArtistAbroad) you may have seen some sneak peeks at a very special project I have been working on together with my friend and fellow artist Jono Doiron (you can find him in booth #809 at the Artist Project). We created two pieces, playing around with the rivalry between Montréal and Toronto. Both pieces will finally be revealed at the Artist Project, one in each booth (see map below). We had a lot of fun collaborating on this and we're very excited to finally share out project with the world!