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Mathieu Laca

Thompson Landry Gallery is thrilled to introduce the newest artist to our roster, Mathieu Laca, in his debut exhibition Face to Face, running from July 21st– August 12th, 2018 in the Stone Distillery Gallery. Mathieu Laca's work challenges traditional portraiture though the manipulation of his chosen medium, oil paint, giving new life to historical figures from Friedrich Nietzsche and Margaret Atwood to John Adams and Guido Molinari. 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." In this most recent body of work, Face to Face focuses on writers, including Charles Bukowski, Margaret Atwood, Michel Tremblay and more.

Mathieu Laca is interested in unconventional portraiture that has little to do with resemblance. He feels that "portraits are the most effective mirrors," communicating in the most immediate way possible. Laca explains that soon as we are born, we begin to interact with our surroundings through expressions. This early education allows us to instinctively read the smallest subtleties of a psyche through visual cues. By altering these features, Laca is able to manipulate the narrative of the painting, using "models as the characters of a play, by imposing pictorial events worthy of a staging."

The artist evokes historical characters, intellectuals and artists from his personal pantheon. Accumulating black and white photographs of his sources of inspiration, he is allowed the freedom to use any colour palette. From these references, Laca paints his subjects instinctively, based on what he would like to highlight in their personalities, gradually adjusting his colours and textures.

Armand Vaillancourt
Oil on linen
16" X 32"
Réjean Ducharme
Oil on linen
48" X 42"
Richard Wagner
Oil on linen
48" X 42"
The Horse of Turin
Oil on linen
67" X 60"
Autoportrait anonyme VI (Anonymous Self-portrait VI)
Oil and gold pigment on linen
36" X 54"
Frida in Garden
Oil on linen
67" X 60"
   
SOLD
Yves Gaucher
Oil and acrylic on linen
16" X 32"
Sold
Autoportrait anonyme II
Oil on linen
36" X 54"
Sold
Charles Bukowski
Oil on linen
48" X 42"
Sold
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Oil on linen
48" X 42"
Sold
John Adams
Oil on linen
42" X 48"
Sold
Margaret Atwood
Oil on linen
48" X 42"
Sold
Thomas Mann II
Oil on linen
24" X 20"
Sold
Guido Molinari
Oil and acrylic on linen
24" X 50"
Sold
Michel Tremblay
Oil on linen
48" X 48"
Sold
Pablo Neruda
Oil on linen
48" X 42"
Sold
   

 

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