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Mathieu Laca

From November 7th to November 24th, 2019, Thompson Landry Gallery presents What would I be without you, the most ambitious exhibition to date by Montréal painter, Mathieu Laca. This exhibition, featuring 30 works in all, predominantly featuring large-scale portraits of dissociable couples whose relationships have changed the course of history.  Laca depicts human experiences with the psychological depth unraveled by his bold impasto technique.

Born in Laval, Québec in 1982, Mathieu Laca evokes historical characters, figures and artists from his personal pantheon. Using oil paint to createtension between a represented reality and the conditions of its representation, Mathieu Laca’s paintings are based in fantasy. He paints his subjects instinctively, based on what he feels like highlighting in their personality, what they create, and by gradually adjusting colors and textures. He blurs the line between figuration and abstraction to challenge notions of traditional portraiture: “I see my paintings as visual tales of a world without constraints.”

Laca is interested in unconventional portraiture, which has little to do with resemblance. He explains that “portraits are the most effective mirrors,” communicating in the most immediate way possible. Laca’s newest, What would I be without you series, highlights partners forced in the shadows because of restrictive social and moral norms. It illustrates self-effacement in the name of love; abnegation that carries one—at the expense of the other—to the highest peaks. He depicts the generosity or nobility of these human experiences with psychological depth and nuance thanks to his delirious and distinctive impasto and splashing techniques. The exhibition offers viewers portraits of human genius while revealing the hidden faces of sacrifice.

Blue Sunflowers
Oil on linen
30" X 24"
Réjean Ducharme
Oil on linen
48" X 42"
Walter Benjamin
Oil on linen
48" X 42"
Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud
Oil on linen
36" X 72"
Vita Sackville West and Virginia Woolf
Oil on linen
48" X 72"
Clara and Robert Schumann
Oil on linen
60" X 72"
Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King
Oil on linen
60" X 144"
Wolfgang and Leopold Mozart
Oil on linen
72" X 60"
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera
Oil on linen
72" X 60"
Helmet
Oil on linen
20" X 24"
Joan Mitchell
Oil on linen
48" X 42"
Johannes Brahms
Oil on linen
48" X 42"
Robert Lepage II
Oil on linen
48" X 42"
Autoportrait anonyme III
Oil on linen
36" X 54"
Pierre and Marie Curie
Oil on linen
36" X 72"
 
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Irises with Smartphone (after Van Gogh)
Oil on linen
36" X 54"
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Frida and fawn
Oil on linen
48" X 42"
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Vincent Van Gogh
Oil on linen
24" X 20"
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Mileva Marić and Albert Einstein
Oil on linen
60" X 72"
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Vincent and Theo Van Gogh
Oil on linen
72" X 60"
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Margaret Atwood
Oil on linen
48" X 42"
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Thomas Mann II
Oil on linen
24" X 20"
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Gala and Salvador Dali
Oil on linen
72" X 60"
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Flowers II
Oil on linen
20" X 16"
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Rose I
Oil on linen
16" X 12"
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Rose II
Oil on linen
16" X 12"
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Rose III
Oil on linen
16" X 12"
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Auguste Rodin and Camille
Oil on linen
72" X 120"
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Jane Goodall and Chimp
Oil on linen
36" X 72"
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Camille Claudel
Oil on linen
24" X 20"
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Flowers I
Oil on linen
20" X 16"
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Lord Alfred Douglas and Oscar Wilde
Oil on linen
36" X 72"
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Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Paul Sartre
Oil on linen
48" X 84"
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Study for Auguste Rodin
Oil on linen
36" X 30"
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Study for Vincent Van Gogh in Yellow
Oil on linen
24" X 30"
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Vincent Van Gogh in Yellow
Oil on linen
42" X 48"
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Salvador Dali
Oil on linen
48" X 36"
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Jean Paul Riopelle
Oil on linen
48" X 42"
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Armand Vaillancourt
Oil on linen
16" X 32"
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Michel Tremblay
Oil on linen
48" X 48"
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Frida Kahlo III
Oil on linen
24" X 30"

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Richard Wagner
Oil on linen
48" X 42"
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Michel Tremblay II
Oil on linen
24" X 20"
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Yves Gaucher
Oil and acrylic on linen
16" X 32"
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Autoportrait anonyme II
Oil on linen
36" X 54"
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Charles Bukowski
Oil on linen
48" X 42"
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Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Oil on linen
48" X 42"
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Pablo Neruda
Oil on linen
48" X 42"
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Guido Molinari
Oil and acrylic on linen
24" X 50"
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John Adams
Oil on linen
42" X 48"
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