Artistic genius runs in the de Repentigny family.
Halin de Repentigny agrees. Over the phone, he said his dad loved to draw – he was always drawing something. De Repentigny’s mom loved music.
Today the genius continues with Halin de Repentigny, his brother, Serge, and Halin’s two daughters, Mado and Rosa.
This Friday, the family is showing new works of art at an exhibition called RepentiThree Art. The art show will open at The Old Fire Hall on Oct. 14 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will continue on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Halin de Repentigny came to the Yukon in 1981. Originally from Montreal, he loves the outdoors – trapping in particular. Yukon seemed to be a good place to pursue a trapping lifestyle.
Not only did living on the land fulfil his trapping dreams, he fell in love with the wildness, the lure of the outdoors. He began capturing his love of the land on canvas. He works in oils.
Two of his most recent works especially spoke to me. His painting called “Purple Moose” is spectacular. Reminiscent of the summer sky’s alpine glow, “Purple Moose” takes me back to Dempster Highway camping and evening visits to Moose Lake.
I love also his painting called “Kids on the Dike”; it brings to mind my own trips to the shore of the Yukon River with my children in the past and my grandchildren in the present. “Purple Moose” and “Kids on the Dike” are both included in this show.
Halin’s work is bold and beautiful – breathtaking, really. A Google search of “Halin de Repentigny” will allow the viewer to see past works.
Rosa, Halin’s 14-year-old daughter, has followed in her father’s artistic footsteps. She is a born cartoonist and works in pen and ink. She will have a number of items on display.
Halin’s brother, Serge, will also have work displayed. He works in acrylic. Serge lives in Montreal and has been painting for several years now. Recently he spent a month in the Yukon.
Halin’s daughter Mado will have a few pieces in the show. A Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in citizen, she was raised on a trapline and spent the first 13 years of her life there.
Do plan on attending RepentiThree Art. Your love of the Yukon will be reflected in the work on display.