Besner in his own words
Dominic Besner, one of our painters, defines himself as two people: Dominic, the everyday individual, and Besner, the creative character. The artist mentions, “the Besner character with a white face is above all the image of human frailty in the face of a society that demands perfection in everything.”
So here, in his own words, is the essence of Besner’s artistic approach!
“I consider myself a sensitive artist who absorbs his everyday environment. I take my emotions from my environment and I paint its beauty. That’s my role; as an artist I am sensitive to seasons, sunshine and life. I could display my 25-year career, 2500 artworks side by side, and my life would be revealed to you. I paint the “everyday” moments.
My training in architecture led me to build intimate places for my protagonists. It’s omnipresent in my work. It is the content and container of a world of characters and animals. Big cities have always fascinated me: they are gigantic energy engines that fuel all dreams. “
“There is no recurrence to the characters: they are all unique, with their own environment. They are neither man nor woman. For me, gender does not matter. They are the balance of a work. I like working on complexity and antagonists.
Characters with white faces sometimes scare people, but for me, they have characteristics of their own. They are neither monsters nor ghosts; they are Them. They challenge us in their own way. They examine us silently. They are the power of my being. They are the voices that speak to me. They are the ones who accompany me. Many art-lovers and collectors see in them the same essence that pushed me to give them life.
We regularly find the merged characters to the animals that assist them or vice versa. Man and beast form a whole; they are the oxygen of a city, they are what spices lives. Animals have always fascinated me. Growing up on a farm, I was surrounded by cows, dogs, cats, horses, wolves, etc … They have become over time more than just acolytes!”
“An important thing to know: I work with a material that requires the heat of the fingers to mix with other colors. 25 years of career that I shape and sculpt material with my hands, my fingers and spatulas. Brushes never attracted me. I touch people by my signature. You either love it or you don’t; it’s black or white, but never gray! I touch people with topics that make them dream. Color is one of the reasons why.
During my training in architecture, I worked on my drawings with pencils. When I went from architecture to painting, I started drawing with wax crayon. Then I went from chalk to pastel sticks to oil. Over the years, oil pastel sticks have been replaced by oil sticks. I also work acrylic paint as a background. The modeling paste appeared as aerosol paints and china mark pencils that allowed me to work in a spontaneous way. I like doing a sketch on the artwork before, during and after. “
His collaboration with the Perreault Art Gallery
“I choose a gallery for their love of art, for their involvement with artists and society. A gallery is first and foremost a forum for people to love art; art is what animates life. “
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