I paint simple things-pears, apples, cherries-but with strong, complex evocations. I do not seek merely to reproduce my subjects; I want to create a mood, to express a feeling, to convey sensuality and to surprise. My imagination draws yours into a certain ambiguity: Can those really be fruit? The power of suggestion in my work is undeniable.

Born in Montreal in 1947, Gilles Charest has pursued a number of interests before dedicating himself to his painting.