A painter from Gaspésie, Regis White was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age 25. Two years later, he was declared disabled.
Originally a mechanic and automobile painter – two occupations he was forced to give up because of his disease –, Regis had a flash of inspiration in 2002 while visiting the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for an exhibit by the famous painter Jean-Paul Riopelle. Impressed and overcome by such beauty, the artist-to-be felt inspired to paint his own abstract works. Rheumatoid arthritis is a degenerative disease, and Regis’ condition worsened, but this didn’t stop him as he pushed himself to the limit.
Regis has painted over 500 works, and they have been shown in a number of galleries in Montreal and Saint-Hyacinthe. He first experimented with oil-based paint, but his medium of choice is now acrylic.
“To me, creating amounts to expressing what’s in your heart, without any limits or judgments, and regardless of talent, passions or aspirations. After all, we were all born artists!”
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EXHIBIT – MARCH 17 TO 24, 2017
340, L'Ange-Gardien Blvd.
Meet the artist at the exhibit opening on March 17, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Regis will donate 50% of the proceeds from the sale of selected paintings to The Arthritis Society.