Posterist and illustrator Yves Archambault has created the official posters for
the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal for over 25 years. Each year
since the inauguration of the Galerie, his posters have been reproduced as signed
and numbered silkscreens; they tell the history of our Festival. Gifted with an
immense talent that never ceases to amaze collectors, our artist in residence produces
original artworks glowing with visual poetry.
Yves Archambault never had to ask himself what he would do with his life, knowing
as he did that his work and career would be intimately linked to drawing. No surprise,
then, that after studies in fine arts and graphic advertising, he was hired as a
graphic artist by L’Équipe Spectra in 1986. Two years later, he became
“artist in residence” of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal,
creating its official posters. He is also responsible for all drawings and designs
reproduced in site décor, as well as on Festival merchandise. In 1992, he
created Ste-Cat, since become the Festival’s faithful companion and good luck
charm. Since the 1996 opening of the Galerie du Festival on the site, his posters
have been reproduced as silkscreens, and Yves Archambault has annually imagined
and created a corpus of original works for each edition of the Festival. His rangy
characters, elegant arabesques and evanescent chiaroscuro have charmed an impressive
number of collectors from all over the world.
The artist has long chosen fluid media for his paintings; his favourite is ink.
On paper or wood, he plays with darkness and limpidity, with a chiaroscuro that
invokes the contrast between light and shadow characteristic to live venues. Having
experienced the metamorphosis of graphic techniques, from analog to digital, the
artist now works and creates in an endless to-and-fro between the drafting table
and computer: he scans, enlarges, transforms colours, superimposes, to finally draw
forth an image created of ink and pixels.