Artist Josée Nadeau


Born in Montréal Canada in 1963, Josée Nadeau grew up both in Montréal and Ottawa, Canada. At the age of 7, she had her first private lesson of art. At the age 13, she needed her parents’ permission to draw nude models at the Ottawa school of art, where she drew alongside pupils twice her age. Nadeau attended the Emma Lake workshop after graduating in Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montréal in 1985. It was there that she painted with some of the most prominent Canadian artists, such as Dorothy Knowles, David Alexander, Bill Pereudoff. Nadeau later traveled to Europe, where she worked equally in Spain, where both Picasso and Dali also worked (studied or trained) at the Bellas Artes Institute of Art in Madrid.

In 1998 Nadeau met and became prodigy of European Art Expert Gerald Van der Kemp and his wife Art Advocate Florence. Known for being the Founder and President, Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur, Chevalier des Arts et Lettres, Foreign Correspondent Member of the Institut de France, Academie des Beaux-Arts, (Mr. Van der Kemp was responsible for having saved the Mona Lisa during WWll and masterminded the restoration of Chateau de Versailles, the palace of the Sun King of France, Louis XlV for a period of 27yrs (1953-1980).  Van der Kemp who was curator of Claude Monet’s garden at the time provided  Nadeau with his personal use of his studio, and the VIP suite where Nadeau would reside during her stay as their personal guest on the grounds of  Claude Monet garden in Giverny France.

Van der Kemp took a liking to Nadeau’s work and passion for it wishing he could have pursued his art commercially like she did something he could not fully do once he became curator of Versailles thinking it was unethical to do so. Nadeau, Always the guest at the head table along with dignitaries and Royalty. Nadeau became their personal guest artist in residence. Gerald Van der Kemp was known as the last Napoleon of our time. After many years of neglect by a nation ambiguous in its attitude toward symbols of royalty, Mr. Van der Kemp devoted himself to returning the principal galleries of Versailles, apartments and grand salons to the way they were in the 17th and 18th centuries.With the encouragement of President Charles de Gaulle and his culture Minister, the writer André Malraux, Mr. Van der Kemp scoured the world for treasures sold after the French Revolution and assembled an army of master craftsmen — carvers, plasterers, gilders, silversmiths, seamstresses — to repair or recreate the palace’s lost splendors.

Van der Kemp was a painter himself. In 1976, he was given the post of curator of Claude Monet’s garden where he restored and revamp the property making it to be one of the most visited garden in the World. She was also the link between the people from the small town of Giverny and the founder of the Versailles Foundation, Florence Van der Kemp.

Nadeau's mentor Gerald Van der kemp, European art expert, the man who slept with the Mona Lisa

At the end of the curator’s life, the artist would bring her rolls of canvases while Van der Kemp was bed ridden, they would share many visits conversing about art as the Art expert would examine what she had created during her visit. They shared a similar palette and simplicity of subject matter. Van der Kemp was taken with her art saying that Nadeau had much talent. Nadeau was invited to all functions and placed at the head table as their guest painter along with Ambassadors and Royalty. Florence Van der Kemp introduced Nadeau to High society of Europe, When Nadeau was announced of her patron’s passing, the artist took the last flight that was available to attend the funeral in Paris which was followed in Giverny for the burial. Florence Van der Kemp died at the age of 96. She now rests beside her husband Gerald Van der Kemp and Claude Monet at the church cemetery of Giverny

1926- Claude Monet Is burried

2001- Gerald Van der Kemp
2008- Florence Van der kemp

Nadeau works in a similar way of Monet in its choice of colors, working on many pieces at once . Applying her first impression and stepping back. however, the sense that she will work on many pieces at so that the palette can be used on many canvas however unlike Monet
2007, Nadeau equally visited and was the guest at Chateau de St-Georges-Motel in Eure, France where Winston Churchill painted and would spend his summers 1935, The personal home of Vanderbilt.

Art and Music

In 2000, after a personal encounter with George Harrison of Beatles fame whom she met at the personal home of Guy Laliberte, founder of Cirque du Soleil, Nadeau ventured into painting live on stage in the company of a full orchestra. The inaugural event in 2002 was staged in Montreal with the Allegra Orchestra and televised by Global TV. She repeated her live performance again in 2012 with the Salt Lake City Symphony Orchestra of 95 musicians at Gardener Hall, sponsored by Utah Art Advocate, Beverly Sorenson. On July 18th, 2014 she created a 8 feet by 8 feet painting of Nelson Mandela in front of dignitaries of the United Nations and South Africa for the 1st birthday celebration of Nelson Mandela after his passing.
Since that time she has painted for their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Katherine and Prince Alexander of Serbia, Dionne Warwick’s 50th Anniversary commemorating her professional life, Harry Belafonte, Ralph Lauren. She also created the 100th Anniversary painting commemorating Legal Aid for the State of Maryland which was unveiled by the first lady Katie O’Malley. The painting, honoring 100 humanitarians from the State of Maryland, was painted live in front of an audience 700.

Commercial Projects

Commercial projects include being appointed the official artist for HP Printers where her painting, The Bull, was chosen for the entryway at New York Art Expo in 2010. The painting also made the cover the Los Angeles Times. Nadeau has completed large equestrian paintings for storefront windows of Ralph Lauren in the Hamptons, and the mega-yachts of renowned designer, William R. Eubanks in Palm Beach. The most recent commercial project was a commission received from the Sports Youth Alliance to capture on canvas, the USA Olympics medalists from Park City, Utah to celebrate their victory at Sochi Winter Games 2014.
Other sports related events took place at Palm Beach World Equestrian Festival where Nadeau was the featured solo guest artist. This significant equestrian event attracts riders from all over the world with total prize money in excess of $8 million dollars during its three-month tenure. Nadeau completed 3 events including, Jumping, Dressage and World Cup Polo in Miami.

Artist Statement

It was an honor to have been provided with the studio of the man who’s contribution to the Art World surpass no other. Gerald Van der Kemp and his wife Florence I shall always be grateful for.

My international background and recognition has allowed me to contribute greatly to the arts, not only creating paintings of gardens, personalities, scenes from cultural places, the finest equines and magnificent yachts, but bringing the European flare and culture to America with my style of brush stroke and share with the World what Gerald Van der Kemp saw in my work.


BA in Fine Arts:
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada (1981-1985)
Notre Dame College, Manchester, NH – Fine Arts (1980-1981)

Post Graduate work:
University of Saskatchewan, Canada (1988, 1989, 1993) Emma Lake Workshop, Saskatchewan, Canada:
Clement Greenberg, Dorothy Knowles, Bill Pereudoff, David
Alexander, Craig Hardy, Pat Service

Monet’s Gardens, Giverny, France (1998-2008) Curator Gerald Van der Kemp

Early Training: Ottawa School of Arts, Ottawa, Canada (1976) Mont Jesus Marie, Montreal, Canada (1975)

Professional Recognition

1992 – Art Expert, Chairman of the Board of the Montreal Museum, Canada acquired a painting for his personal collection at her first showing.
1998-2006 – Had a gallery in Montreal between the Ritz and the Museum of Fine Arts— Featured only Ms. Nadeau’s work
1998 – 2008 – Guest artist and protégé of French art expert, Curator Gerald Van der Kemp at Monet’s Garden, Giverny, France.Permanent prize studio on the grounds of Monet’s Garden
1999 – Featured on the cover of the Concordia University Magazine
2000 – Pierce Brosnan, actor/artist, in Montreal, Canada, acquisition of painting
2002 – Named Extraordinary Women of Montreal
2004 – Personal guest at the head table at The Ball of Versailles, celebrating the restoration of the Trois Fontaines Bosquet
2004 – Met U.S. Ambassador to Paris, Howard H. Leach
2004 – Guest at the annual luncheon of The Versailles Foundation. Meet LA, NY Times
Art Critic John Russell
2005 – Personal guest at the U.S. Embassy in Paris for the documentary of Architect
Frank Guery under Ambassador Stapelton
2005 – Personal guest of Florence Van der Kemp at the U.S. Embassy in Paris to meet
Ambassador Craig Roberts Stapleton
2005 – Delivered “Million Dollar Baby” painting to Clint Eastwood home
2005, 2006, 2010 – Featured artist with HP Printers at New York Art Expo
Published in over twenty-five countries
2010 – Featured at the entrance in New York Art Expo
2010- Painting “Let’s Go Riding” is at the highest height of all private residences in New York City.
2011 – Created a commemorative piece for the 100th anniversary for the Legal AidSociety of the State of Maryland
2012 – “Celebrity Artist for the Stars” at the LiveStyle Entertainment Film Lounge and
Supper Club at the Sundance Film Festival
2012 – Exhibit in collaboration with Ralph Lauren at his East Hampton and Southampton stores.

Collaborative Arts/Music Projects

1992 – May 22nd First show in Montreal on Sherbrooke Street—sold out
1993 – Spring VanDusen Botanical Show, Vancouver, Canada
2004 – First painting live performance: Allegra Chamber Orchestra, McGill University, Montreal
2005 – April 19th, First painted live in New York on Broadway.
2009 – September 9th, Painted live with The Park City Chamber Orchestra at The
Egyptian Theater, Park City, Utah
2009 – Painted live at The Prince’s Ball for the Royal Family of Serbia and their guests, New York
2011 – Painted live at The princes Ball in New York honoring HRH Crown Princess
Katherine of Serbia
2012 – Oct 13th, World Premiere painting live to the 95 piece Salt Lake Symphony
Orchestra, Salt Lake City, Utah
2012 – Dec, 15th, Painted live with Dionne Warwick at Fontainebleau, Miami, Florida
2013- March 8th, Painted live to Grammy Award winner Ki-Juan Minors Equus
2013 – April, Painted live with The Canadian Dressage Team in Wellington, Florida
2013 – May 1st, Painted live at The Polo World Cup, Miami Beach, Florida
2013- Field of Dreams, Painted live to Salt Lake Symphony Orchestra,
2013 – Waterkeeper Alliance, Bobby Kennedy Jr. Celebrity Ski fest, Deer Valley
2014- Sundance 2014. Painted live to world renown musician saxophone players
Bob Seager, Alto Reed

2014-July 18th, Nadeau paints live Nelson Mandela in New York City .


1998 – Montreal Gazette *(attached)
1999 – Cover of the Concordia University Magazine with Article *(attached)
2001 – Main feature Japanese magazine, 25 ans, Japanese Vogue *(attached)
2003 – Montreal Gazette *(attached)
2003 – Montreal Gazette * (attached)
2004 – Youth Employment Services of Montreal (YES) Business Skills for Creative Souls, The
Montreal Artist Handbook
2009 – Netcoo Magazine, distributed in 16 Countries in the world *(attached)
2010 – Mountain Express Magazine
2010 – Signature Magazine, LA
2010- Auto Global News. * see in book
2011 – Horseback Magazine *(attached)
2011 – Horses in the South *(attached)
2011 – Maryland Legal Aid Newsroom *(attached)
2012 – Salt Lake Tribune *(attached)
Dec. 2012 – April 2013 – Park City Magazine *(attached)
2013 – Equestrian Magazine
2013 – World Red Eye *(attached)
2014- Park Record *(attached)
2014- Park Record *(attached)


2002 – BBC filmed Palette while painting in Monet’s Garden, France
2003 – Prime Time Global TV, One-on-One with Anchor Jamie Orchard, Montréal, CDN
2011 – NBAL TV News, Baltimore, Maryland
2012 – News
2012 – TV Interview, Salt Lake City, Utah
2013 – Fox TV, Florida
2013 – Paintings “Million Dollar Baby” and “Polo” part of the TV series Mrs. Eastwood and Company and Hawaii Five-0
2014 – ABC- KUTV2 News, Olympic parade

** To view live performances of music/painting collaborations and interviews, go to this link

Speaking Engagments

2002 – Youth Employment Services of Montreal (YES, Montreal)
2008- The Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, NY City. Class of Professor
Michael Caslin

2014- Zions Bank , Utah

Links to Articles

2002, Photograph with the Elite of Canada

2004, Nov 11th. The Montreal Artist Handbook

2005, April 19th, Wire Image

2005, April 19th, Dress for Success April in Paris, Getty Images

2007, June 18th, New York Social Diary

2008, Nov 18th. Las Vegas Review Journal

2008, Oct 16th, Egyptian Theatre

2008, Oct 23rd, Olympic Dream 2009-2010 by Artist Josée Nadeau – BiddingForGood

2009, 3 pages in 16 countries in Europe

2009, Sept. 29th, /

2009, Oct 21th,

2010, Feb 10th,

2010, March 11th, Auto Global News, see copy in book.

2010, March 26th, 2010,

2010, March 27th,

2010, April 4th, Recession Forces Art World to Get Creative, Nadeau’s Bull painting on cover of LA Times

2010, April 8th, Success Story, New York Art Expo, First painting chosen in the entry way of New York Art Expo

2010 July-Aug, 15 minutes

2010, Aug 7th, Aug 29th, Mission Pawsible

2010, Aug 8th,

2010, September, Binn Shot

2011, Sept. 16th, Maryland Legal Aid Newsroom

2011, Sept, 20th, National Ability Center

2011, Sept. 23rd, 2011, Maryland Newsroom

2011, Oct 26th, Charity Buzz, to benefit Life line New York

2011, Sept 27th,

2011, Sept 30th,

2011, March 02, Winter Equestrian Festival Magazine

2011, March 17th,

2011, March 18th,

2011, May, Spanish Edition Portada on l

2011, May 13th.

2011, May 15th,

2012, Sept 29th,

2012, Oct 4th, Salt Lake Tribune

2012, Nov 8th, Charity Buzz, New York

2012, Dec 21th,

2011, June

2012, Oct, Two Bill Boards in Salt Lake City, Sponsored by Philanthropist Beverly Sorenson

2012, Oct 9th, Salt Lake Tribune

2012, Oct 10th, Park Record

2012, Oct 12th, Park Record

2012, Oct 18th, Salt Lake Tribune

2012, Oct 22nd, Society Allure

2012, Oct 24th, Arts Horizons, Honor to Celeste Holm and Painter Leroy Neiman

2012, Feb 7th, Washington D.C.

2012, Feb 06, Sundance, LA Examiner

2012, Red White and Snow, National Ability Center

2012-13, Park City Magazine, winter

2013 Jan 18th, Park Record Sundance

2013, March 5th,

2013, March 8th, /

2013 March 8th, Equus

2013, March 13th, Fete Cheval Etoile Celebrates Horse Stars Hall of Fame Inductees

2013, March 20th,

2013, March 21th,

2013, April, Elite

2013, May 1st, World Red Eye

2013, May 13th,

2013, June 25th, Park Record

2013, July 03,

2013, July 16th, Park Record

2013, Nov 29th, Park Record

2014, Jan 31th, 2014,

2014, April 1st,

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