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Sylvain Tremblay was born in 1966 in Quebec City, Canada, and lives and works between Beijing, Dubai and Montreal. He has had exhibitions throughout Canada and the United States.
In collections all over the world, canvas upon canvas attest to the enormous richness of the artist’s imagination and seemingly endless creative energy.
Sylvain Tremblay is a well-established artist who combines resin and lacquer on canvas. Between abstraction and figurative, the silhouettes of his paintings appear thanks to outer lines underlining them.
The paintings, boldly glowing with Sylvain Tremblay’s signature veneer, have streamlined compositions playing against the abstract checkerboard of color planes. They serve as backdrops for the textural figures in his work. The paintings are striking, the emerging human form roughly – sketched, and elongated figures. As one approaches the painting, the many layers of varnish, undulating, almost moving, begin to release their hidden images creating an abstract landscape for the human forms within the piece.
Sylvain Tremblay’s works have always been anchored in the inescapable passage of time, use and texture. His themes converge on the human condition in an industrialized, urban context. Although the artist works on canvas, he sees his paintings as something closer to sculpture. Tremblay shapes his human figures with the idea in mind of a sculpture, weathered by time and the natural elements.
Working texture upon texture, color and more color, the artist’s sculptural, undulating figures incorporate gesso, metal, sand or textiles. These “urban” forms intertwine history with modernity with the absence of time and location, which enhances the mystifying sense of immortality and the human condition as themes in his work.
If imitation is indeed the highest form of flattery, then Sylvain Tremblay should consider himself flattered. It seems his unique style has inspired others to follow step, but instead of provoking anxiety, this unexpected form of artistic tip of the hat only spurred the painter into a new level of meaning and passion in his work.
Sylvain Tremblay’s work has been exhibited throughout Canada, United States, Asia, Europe and Middle East.