Claude-Philippe Benoit

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Claude-Philippe Benoit, 2013
Haileybury, Ontario, Canada
EducationAlgonquin College, Concordia University

Claude-Philippe Benoit is a Canadian artist, born in Haileybury, Ontario in 1953. He graduated from Algonquin College (Ottawa) with a degree in film making in 1975 and obtained an M.A. in visual arts from Concordia University in 1995. He has lived and worked in Montreal since 1990.[1]


Claude Philippe Benoit began working as a professional artist in the early 1980s, initially as director of photography in the movie industry. In 1983, he co-founded AXENÉO7, a artist-run center in Hull (today, Gatineau), with the goal of providing the visual arts community in Outaouais region a place to host and exhibit contemporary art. In 1986, he also co-founded DAÏMÔN, a production center for the media arts. [2] [3]

The works of Claude-Philippe Benoit can be found in many museums and galleries, both private and not-for-profit, as well as in numerous private and public collections.

In 2016, Les Éditions Cayenne published a monograph on his work in photography. [4]


All the artist’s photographic work is produced using gelatine silver process. The photographs are often assembled in diptychs or triptychs that are sometimes grouped with a three-dimensional element such as an abstract or colour photograph, as in the series entitled Chapitre Ô-NU or the series Intérieur, jour.[5] Claude-Philippe Benoit has also designed installations that include sculpture, e.g. Le noir et son double (1986) and Apparition et absence (1989). [6][7]

A marked characteristic of the locations that Claude-Philippe Benoit chooses to photograph is the absence of humans, although human activity is frequently evoked.[4] His first series of photographs, L’envers de l’écran, un tourment photographique, focused on movie theaters after the public had left and the projectors had been turned off. [7][8]

In the series Intérieur, jour, the untamed nature of the rain forest is juxtaposed with various interior scenes, including factory workshops. [9]

Les Lieux maîtres comprises four series that focus on certain places which are emblematic of the exercise of power and the social status of the powerful. The series are entitled Chapitre Ô-NU, Chapitre… du prince, L’étoffe du prince et son éternité, En cour, pour un oui pour un non, and for them, the artist travelled to United Nations headquarters in New York, where he photographed conference rooms, offices, courtrooms, along with workshops of tailors whose principal clients are rich Parisians. [4][10][11]

In Société de ville, the urban landscapes depict a city devoid of human inhabitants but filled with autumn vegetation. [12]


In Canada

  • 2010 : Maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges, Montreal[13]
  • 2006 : Axenéo7, Gatineau (Quebec)[2]
  • 2005 : Galerie Lilian Rodriguez, Montreal[14]
  • 2003 : Galerie Lilian Rodriguez, Montreal
  • 1995 : Linda Genereux Gallery, Toronto; Espace 502, Édifice Belgo, Montreal
  • 1994 : Genereux Grunwald Gallery, Toronto; Laurentian University, Sudbury (Ontario); WKP Kennedy Gallery, North Bay(Ontario)[15]
  • 1993 : The Ottawa Art Gallery (Ontario); Galerie Brenda Wallace, Montreal; Rodman Hall, Brock University, St. Catharines (Ontario), Cinémathèque québécoise, Montreal[16]
  • 1992 : Brenda Wallace, Montréal; Galerie Leonard & Bina Ellen, Concordia University, Montreal[17]
  • 1991 : Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver; The Power Plant, Toronto; Musée régional de Rimouski, Rimouski, (Quebec)[18]
  • 1990 : Galerie Brenda Wallace, Montreal; Gallery 44, Toronto[19]
  • 1986 : Gallery 101, Ottawa (Ontario)[20]
  • 1985 : La chambre blanche, Quebec[21]
  • 1984 : Axenéo7, Gatineau (Quebec)

In Europe

  • 1996 : Le Printemps de Cahors, Tribunal de la ville, Cahors, France [22]
  • 1989 : Délégation générale du Québec, Paris
  • 1988 : Kijkhuis, The Hague, The Netherlands

In the United States

  • 1990 : 49th Parallel, Center for Contemporary Canadian Art, New York

Public Collections

  • Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa (Ontario)
  • Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Montreal
  • Canada Council for the Arts, Art Bank, Ottawa (Ontario)
  • Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Toronto
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg (Manitoba)
  • Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (Germany)[23]
  • Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal[17]
  • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario)[24]
  • Victoria Confederation Art Gallery, Charlottetown (Prince-Edward-Island)[25]
  • City of Ottawa, Programme des arts visuels, Ottawa (Ontario)[26]


  1. Perrault, Marie (1994). Claude-Philippe Benoit: Chapitre Ô-NU (in français and English). The Ottawa Art Gallery. ISBN 1-895108-17-9.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Axenéo7".
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 James D. Campbell; Sylvain Campeau; Zoë Tousignant; Martha Langford (préface) (2016). Claude-Philippe Benoit (in français and English). Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Québec: Les Éditions Cayenne. ISBN 978-2-923980-08-9.
  5. Bélisle, Josée (1995). Instants photographiques, œuvres choisies de la collection (PDF) (in français). Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. p. 13. ISBN 2-551-13522-2. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  6. Nadeau, Lisanne (1991). Claude-Philippe Benoit : L'installation "Apparition et absence" (in français). Lisanne Nadeau. Rimouski, Qc: Musée régional de Rimouski.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Cousineau-Levine, Penny (2003). Faking Death : Canadian Art Photography and the Canadian Imagination. Penny Cousineau-Levine. Montréal, Qc: McGill-Queen's University Press. pp. 105–107. ISBN 978-0-7735-2526-9.
  8. "Claude-Philippe Benoit: Working from the Margins". Canadian Art. Retrieved 2023-06-16.
  9. Bérard, Serge; Benoit, Claude-Philippe (1991). Claude-Philippe Benoit : Intérieur, jour. Serge Bérard, Claude-Philippe Benoit, Claude-Philippe Benoit, Karen Love. Vancouver, BC: Presentation House Gallery. ISBN 978-0-920293-28-7.
  10. Lavoie, Vincent. "Claude-Philippe Benoit". Parachute 67 (in français). Montreal (July - September 1992): 35-36 – via BAnQ.
  11. Delgado, Jérôme (8 January 2011). "À l'orée des bois, à l'entrée des villes". Le Devoir (in français). Montreal.
  12. Falvey, Emily (2008). "Claude-Philippe Benoit - Société de ville". Oakville Galleries. Retrieved June 16, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. Montréal, Ville de (2023-05-06). "Maison de la culture de Côte-des-Neiges". (in français). Retrieved 2023-06-16.
  14. "Se connecter à Facebook". Facebook (in français). Retrieved 2023-06-16.
  15. Centre, Captiol. "Capitol Centre | North Bay's Historic Home for Arts and Entertainment". Retrieved 2023-06-16.
  16. "Rodman Hall Art Centre". Brock University. Retrieved 2023-06-16.
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Galerie Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery" (in français). Retrieved 2023-06-18.
  18. "Musée régional de Rimouski". Musée régional de Rimouski (in français). Retrieved 2023-06-16.
  19. "Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography". Retrieved 2023-06-16.
  20. " |". Retrieved 2023-06-16.
  21. "Chambre Blanche". Retrieved 2023-06-16.
  22. "Le Printemps de septembre / Le Festival / Archives". Retrieved 2023-06-16.
  23. "Sammlung | Sombre croisée". Retrieved 2023-06-18.
  25. "Art Gallery - Confederation Centre of the Arts". 2022-07-20. Retrieved 2023-06-18.
  26. Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services (2023-02-07). "City of Ottawa Art Collection". Retrieved 2023-06-16.

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