Local artist featured at Mudpuppy Gallery

By Charles King
The show “The Human Space, The Agency of Structure” is a series of paintings by local Michael Vigneux.
“This show overall is about the space we inhabit as people and the space that’s created and needed from our need for food in community and economy, be it factories or something that would produce products we use every day,” said Vigneux.
Vigneux described himself as a dabbler who started to take interest in the arts during his high school years at Saint Thomas of Villanova Catholic High School.

Local artist Michael Vigneux and Mudpuppy Art Gallery co-owner Robert Honor stand in front of Vigneux's favourite painting Friday during his opening reception.

“There’s a wonderful arts program there, that’s really where I got started,” said Vigneux.

After graduating from Villanova High School, Vigneux proceeded to a four-year program at the Ontario College of Art and Design followed by a year of schooling in Florence, Italy.  He has several exhibitions including a solo show in Toronto last year.
Vignuex’s favourite painting called “The Squater’s Hideout” is part of the Mudpuppy exhibit and is a painting of an area he visited in Italy.  He said it was his favourite because it was an exciting find.
“Exploration is one of my favourite parts of making art, finding the raw material; the inspiration out in the real world,” said Vigneux.
Vigneux said he’s spent the last month in Egypt as part of a four month trip and that returning to Amherstburg and showcasing his work has been the highlight of his travels.
“I’m only here for two-weeks but it’s good to be back,” Vigneux said.
Vigneux said he heard about the Mudpuppy Gallery through his mother who knows one of the owners.  Mostly through e-mail, they arranged dates for his first home-town showcasing.
“We are very happy to have Michael here, we’ve been looking forward to it,” said Robert Honor, one of the six owners of the gallery. “I’m very pleased with the show; it’s a very good show.”

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