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CA$ 13,393 pledged of CA$ 50,000 goal
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The Art Book « GENEST 3 Decades »

A unique overview of Yvan Genest's art over the last 30 years.

  • A 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. art book of 264 fully illustrated pages, printed on high quality paper and locally produced in a limited and numbered edition of 500.
  • A magic immersion in the unique world of Yvan Genest, an artist who, for 30 years, has been exploring a mesmerizing iconography. 

 « A painting is a door, a passage I discovered towards the unconscious, above and under the world of mere appearances. Beyond this door, the painter acts as a fashion designer for the soul. » Yvan Genest

Mockup images of the art book « GENEST 3 Decades ».
Mockup images of the art book « GENEST 3 Decades ».

 This fascinating ART BOOK will contain:

  • A PREFACE by Joe and Claire Guarniere, founders and directors of Galleria Dante, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, written in collaboration with their daughter Gena. They are great connoisseurs of Yvan's fine art, as the gallery has been representing Yvan for over 20 years. 
  •  Yvan's own and original WRITINGS about art and its practice;
  • His REFLECTIONS about the shamans, musicians, kings, bishops, princes, cyclists and other spirits that people his works; 
« Great Shaman of the Night »
« Great Shaman of the Night »
  • ANECDOTES about the hands, birds, airplanes, boots and hearts of his very particular iconography.
« Crossroads Shaman »
« Crossroads Shaman »
 

Yvan was prompted to create this book because people keep telling him that they always discover new details and meanings in his paintings, even after they have been looking at them for years. 

Imagine a book full of images where you discover something new each time you open it ? This is what we want to achieve by putting together Yvan's wonderful work of so many years in one nice book. 

YVAN GENEST

Yvan, as a young singer in Paris.
Yvan, as a young singer in Paris.
  • Yvan’s career had unconventional beginnings. At first, his artistic temperament drove him to music. As a songwriter, musician and singer, he toured throughout Europe for many years, until he discovered painting, an unforeseen ground for his fertile imagination. That was more than 30 years ago.
Yvan in his Old-Montreal Studio, in 1989. (Photo: Annie Chénard)
Yvan in his Old-Montreal Studio, in 1989. (Photo: Annie Chénard)
  • Since then, his maverick personality has driven him to explore all paths of visual arts and develop his unique and shamanic imagery.  
« The Giving Shaman »
« The Giving Shaman »
  • Entirely devoted to his art, Yvan is very active on the international art scene and now shares his time between his Canadian and Mexican studios. 
« Hello from There » 92 X 92 cm
« Hello from There » 92 X 92 cm
  • His works attract a wide circle of collectors seduced by the contemporary yet timeless strength of his iconography.
« Embracing the Night »
« Embracing the Night »
  • Yvan's imagination knows no limits: to date he has created up more than 7,000 works of art. He is now going through a very active and creative part of his career, following new and exciting paths of inspiration. 
« Someone with a Past » 51 X 51 cm
« Someone with a Past » 51 X 51 cm
  • Each of Yvan Genest’s painting is a journey into the underworld of the human psyche, the collective unconscious where the poet dives in order to bring back the icons and symbols that float at the threshold of our dreams.
« The Singer, the Muse and the Band 2 »
« The Singer, the Muse and the Band 2 »
  • Yvan's imagery combines the insights and paradoxes of our times with echoes of bygone ages of eternal relevance. 
« Deep Things We Know » 32 X 40 cm
« Deep Things We Know » 32 X 40 cm

THE TEAM

Monique Crépault has edited various lifestyle magazines as well as a previous book on Yvan's art. She worked on many editing projects with Magdeleine Rondeau, a greatly talented graphic designer whose flair is essential to this book. We can also count on the highly professional help of Michel Rock, our graphic art broker and commercial agent, and that of Jack Sheridan, our judicious financial consultant, who helped us out with the practical aspect of such an enterprise. We want to thank Gerri Ouellette and Claire and Gena Guarniere for their most judicious input into the choice of our Rewards, as well as Liane Genest, Rick Paradis, Barbara Leimsner and Gerri Ouellette, again, for their generous help with translation.

Kickstarter is an American public-benefit corporation based in Brooklyn, New York, that offers a crowdfunding platform to people who want to start a time-based campaign to finance their creative work. 

THE NEW ART PATRONAGE

More than 250 000 projects have been successfully funded since Kickstarter started, in 2009. One can say it's the new form of Art Patronage.

Our Kickstarter campaign will last 31 days, from February 14th to March 21st. Anytime during this period, you can pledge a certain amount of money in order to get the Reward of your choice (see the list of them below, after the Budget section) and become a Backer, a backer who will pay only if we attain our financial goal at the end of the campaign. 

We need 50,000 CA$ in order to publish this book. It is a lot of money. The thing is, we prefer to make no book than a low quality one, so we made choices, more expensive but that ensure the making of a high quality art book (more about this in the following Budget section). 

If the support we receive is less than 50,000 CA$, everyone who made a pledge during the campaign keeps his and her money and the book is not done. It is as simple, and sad, as that. If the goal is not reached, nobody pays. 

On the other hand, if enough among you promise to buy the book or get one of the beautiful Rewards we offer, then this magical art book becomes a reality. 

BUDGET

Quality over quantity

We want to create a nice art book, one with paper thick enough so that you don't see through it the image next page and strong enough to suffer many openings and closings. 

In order to have a book which will be pleasant to touch, look at and reflect upon, we decided to have all the process, printing included, made locally, in Québec, to ensure that we could check the process up to the colors preciseness before the final printing. The cost of such a decision is higher than if we chose to have the book printed in China, but we prefer to make a great quality art book, instead of just a book. Quality has its costs, but it is always worth it. 

**** For those who wonder, the translation fees are to transfer the texts from their original French into perfect English.

THE REWARDS    

(Photo : iStockphoto)
(Photo : iStockphoto)

You can pledge for a book, but you can also pledge for much more. 

Here are, in images and details, the nice rewards you will get in pledging for our campaign. 

(Prices are in Canadian dollars and images are virtual representations of what the rewards will look like.)

1) Pledge of 80 CA$ 

ONE BOOK SIGNED

  • One numbered and signed copy of the Art Book « GENEST 3 Decades » (10 1/2 X 10 1/2 in.). Limited edition of 500

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2) Pledge of 100 CA$ 

ONE PERSONALIZED BOOK

  • One signed and numbered book +
  • A personal DEDICATION +
  • YOUR NAME in the CONTRIBUTORS SECTION at the end of the book, acknowledging your appreciated support.

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3) Pledge of 135 CA$ (value of 150 CA$)

ONE BOOK and ONE ORIGINAL T-SHIRT

  • One REWARD # 2 (one signed and numbered book with DEDICATION and YOUR NAME in the CONTRIBUTORS SECTION at the end of the book) +
  • One T-SHIRT showcasing an artwork by Yvan. Choice of  5 models, for men and women, each offered in a limited edition of 50. Go on Yvan's FB page in the album « T-SHIRTS » to choose yours.

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4) Pledge of 175 CA$  (value of 200 CA$)

ONE BOOK and TWO ORIGINAL T-SHIRTS

  • One REWARD # 2 (one signed and numbered book with DEDICATION and YOUR NAME in the CONTRIBUTORS SECTION at the end of the book) +
  • Two T-SHIRTS showcasing artworks by Yvan. Choice of 5 models, for men and women, each offered in a limited edition of 50. Go on Yvan's FB page (link*) in the album « T-SHIRTS » to choose yours.

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5) Pledge of 175 CA$  (value of 200 CA$)

2 BOOKS

  • Two REWARDS # 2 (two signed and numbered books with DEDICATION and YOUR NAME in the CONTRIBUTORS SECTION at the end of the book)

                    *************

6) Pledge of 255 CA$ (Value of 300 CA$)

2 BOOKS and 2 ORIGINAL T-SHIRTS

  • Two REWARDS # 2  (two signed and numbered books with DEDICATION and YOUR NAME in the CONTRIBUTORS SECTION at the end of the book) +
  • Two (2) T-SHIRTS showcasing artworks by Yvan. Choice of 5 models, for men and women, each offered in a limited edition of 50. Go on Yvan's FB page (link) in the album « T-SHIRTS » to choose yours.

                    *************

7) Pledge of 350 CA$ (value of 400 $)

THE GREAT PACKAGE! 

  • One REWARD # 2 (one signed and numbered book with DEDICATION and YOUR NAME in the CONTRIBUTORS SECTION at the end of the book) +
  • One T-SHIRT showcasing  an artwork by Yvan. Choice of 5 models, for men and women, each offered in a limited edition of 50. Go on Yvan's FB page (link) in the album « T-SHIRTS » to choose yours +
  • One PERSONALIZED GICLÉE : you send a PHOTO OF YOURSELF or of someone you cherish and Yvan will incorporate it in a unique and original giclée printed on high quality fine art paper and signed by the artist (10 X 10 in.). 
  • Offer limited to 50 backers.
At the left, «The Explorator», an example of a personalized giclée.
At the left, «The Explorator», an example of a personalized giclée.

  

At the left, «In your Dreams», another example of a personalized giclée.
At the left, «In your Dreams», another example of a personalized giclée.

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8) Pledge of 675 CA$ (value of 800 CA$)

THE DOUBLE GREAT PACKAGE!

  • Two REWARDS # 7 (2 numbered and signed books with dedication and acknowledgment + 2 t-shirts + 2 giclées).
  • Offer limited to 20 backers.

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9) Pledge of 1400 CA$ (value of 1700 CA$)

THE GREAT PACKAGE PLUS!

  • One REWARD # 7 (one numbered and signed book with dedication and acknowledgment in the OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTORS SECTION at the end of the book) +
  • One PAINTING 20 X 20 in., to be chosen on Yvan's FB page in the album « PAINTINGS_20X20 », until 1st of July 2017. First arrived, first to choose!
  • Offer limited to 10 backers.
Examples of previous 20 X 20 in. paintings from Yvan.
Examples of previous 20 X 20 in. paintings from Yvan.

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10) Pledge of 2800 CA$ (value of 3400 CA$)

THE DOUBLE GREAT PACKAGE PLUS

  • Two REWARDS # 9  (2 numbered and signed books with dedication and acknowledgment in the OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTORS SECTION at the end of the book + 2 t-shirts + 2 giclées + 2 paintings 20 X 20 in).
  • Offer limited to 3 backers.

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11) Pledge of 4000 CA$ (value of 5000 CA$)

THE ELITE PACKAGE

  • One REWARD # 7 (one numbered and signed book with dedication and acknowledgment in the OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTORS SECTION at the end of the book) +
  • One ORIGINAL PAINTING, 36 X 48 in. or equivalent, to be chosen on Yvan's FB page in the album « PAINTINGS_36X48 » (LINK*), until 1st of July 2017. 
  • Offer limited to 2 backers.
« The Man from New Orleans », an example of a 36 X 48 in. painting.
« The Man from New Orleans », an example of a 36 X 48 in. painting.

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12) Pledge of 7500 CA$ (value of 10000 CA$)

THE ULTIMATE ELITE PACKAGE!!!

  • One REWARD # 8 (2 numbered and signed books with dedication and acknowledgment + 2 t-shirts + 2 giclées) +
  • One ORIGINAL PAINTING, 48 X 72 in. or equivalent, to be chosen on Yvan's FB page in the album « PAINTINGS_48X72 », until 1st of July 2017. 
  • Offer limited to 1 backer.
« Then We Go », an example of an equivalent size of a 48 X 72 in. painting by Yvan.
« Then We Go », an example of an equivalent size of a 48 X 72 in. painting by Yvan.

13) NEW ! Pledge of 13000 CA$ (value of 20000 CA$)

THE WOW PACKAGE!!!

One REWARD # 8 (2 numbered and signed books with dedication and acknowledgment + 2 t-shirts + 2 giclées) + One ORIGINAL MURAL, painted on the site of your choice.  Offer limited to 3 backers.

 

SHIPPING

ALL THE SHIPPING AND HANDLING COSTS TO CANADA AND USA ARE INCLUDED IN THE PRICES (except of course for the paintings!). For the Rest of the World, the shipping costs will be added at the end of the transaction, when you will pledge.

NOW, it all depends on you, dear friends and collectors. 

YOU can make the difference in helping to give life to the art book «GENEST 3 Decades».

PLEDGE & SHARE this campaign with your FRIENDS, FAMILY and COLLEAGUES.

Don't hesitate to contact us. It will be great to hear from you.

Don't forget, our goal must be reached before MARCH 21st ! 

 

www.yvangenest.com 

yvangenest@gmail.com 

Risks and challenges

DELAYS: As soon as the book is a reality, we will work hard to get you your rewards as quickly as possible! Feel free to send an email anytime to see how things are going on! We will communicate any delays (if there are any) as soon as we know of them.
CURRENCY: Our campaign is set to Canadian Dollars (CAD).

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