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RÉPERTOIRE Artisite Coupal DG

profil: Coupal DG - artiste peintre - Technique : Huile
Affiliation professionnelle : TAC (The Arts Club)
Denis Georges Coupal has been an artist his entire life, beginning very young to draw and paint in the blueberry fields of Sept-Iles and later in life along the shores of the Saint-Lawrence River, mainly around the Island of Montreal. A great admirer of Picasso (who isn’t?), Turner and Van Gogh, among many other painters, and of contemporary artists such as Mark Tansey and Tony Scherman, his work reflects a belief in art as essential to our everyday lives. His career as an artist really began while as a student of architecture at McGill University, when John Bland, Emeritus Professor of Architecture and the school’s Director from 1941 to 1972, elected to purchase one of his landscape paintings, A Summer Field for his private collection. While at McGill, Denis studied under Gentile Tondino, RCA, and was later mentored for years by the late Bruce Le Dain, Past President of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, one of the foremost impressionist landscape painters in Canada."Bruce loved my BLUE SELF-PORTRAIT best, a watercolour painted over an intense eight-hour session in 1987. Stayed up all night for it and thought it was terrible when I stopped, but knew it was as far as I could go with it in that session."

D.G.Coupal graduated from Dawson College with both Creative Arts and Pure & Applied Science degrees, with Honours for a 100% grade point average in mathematics and calculus courses. He studied cinema at Concordia University, graduated from McGill University School of Architecture (B.Sc.'91 & B.Arch.'92) and from the Executive Development Course (EDC '98) of McGill University International Executive Institute. His architectural student work was published in Architecture Magazine (AIA) and a one-act play Losing Sight was produced by McGill Players' Theatre in his graduating year. He received screenwriting grants from Société de developpement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) and The Foundation to Underwrite New Drama for Pay Television (FUND). His professional career began with a traditional role in a small architectural firm in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. Weekends were spent on sporadic painting excursions in the hills and valleys outside towns such as Bromont, Knowlton and Magog.

D.G.Coupal’s most important office-work period was as the experience designer and strategic planner of a Montreal-based, and internationally recognized, museum planning and exhibit design firm. In those years, D.G.Coupal was responsible for writing key business proposals and master planning concepts for projects such as: Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, DC); Academy of Natural Sciences (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); Audubon Nature Institute (New Orleans, Louisiana); New Science Center of Iowa (Des Moines, Iowa); Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paelaeontology (Drumheller, Alberta), and; Canada Science and Technology Museum, (Ottawa, Ontario), amongst many others. This experience opened his eyes to the great challenges and beautiful achievements of major museums and cultural institutions. It was also great proving ground for a strong conceptual planner.

Today, D.G. Coupal is a fine artist, multi-displinary artist, writer and designer. D.G.Coupal oil paintings have been commissioned by BOMBARDIER Aerospace, of their Global and Challenger business class aircraft, by Ferrari Maserati Quebec, The Strauss Foundation, McGill University, Town of Hampstead, Delta Hotels, and Four Points Sheraton Hotels, Black Watch of Canada, to name a few. His art and articles have appeared in Magazin’ Art, among other publications. His hobby, when time permits, is acting and modelling for which he is represented by the Sybille Sasse Agency, Montreal.

D.G.Coupal is a Founding Member of Card Carrying Liberal, stagiaire member of Ordre des architectes du Québec and member of the English Language Arts Network.