Denise Préfontaine is a Canadian artist of Métis ancestry. She lives in Winnipeg where she creates objects and installations featuring the beauty of colour, light, and nature. She excels at creating artwork for a specific site or context, drawing on her background in architectural design to create artworks which capture the unique features inherent in the situation and the physical setting.
After graduating with honours from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba in 1984 (Bachelor of Interior Design), Denise went on to work as a designer-maker, art educator, and curator before bringing all of these experiences together in her work as a public artist.
Denise has completed a wide range of public and private commissions, including work for Canada’s National Capital Commission, and for Canada House and the High Commissioner’s Official Residence in London, England. She has an open and inclusive way of working with others and welcomes private commisions as well as collaborations with architects and designers.
My art practice begins with observation and contemplation; I spend many hours looking around me and reflecting on my experiences before moving on to create artworks or develop project ideas. On a deeper level, my art practice is a spiritual practice; a way to draw closer to the essence of things and a form of reverence allowing me to express appreciation for nature’s beauty. At times it is also a celebration of community and public life.