New artist: Besner
We had great new artists in 2018, with Bao and Mei Phan becoming part of the Perreault Gallery’s family of artists. We’re following the same trend, as we are welcoming a new painter among us: Besner!
An architect turned painter
Besner was born in 1965 in North Lancaster, Ontario. He completed his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Montreal in 1992. He began his studies in architecture at Algonquin College in Ottawa, a few years prior to beginning his B.A. This early education allowed him to focus his thoughts on the nature of the city and its components: its profoundly human structure, the tradition that must be taken into account prior to any attempt at urban development, and the factors which are essential for survival in all urban and cultural contexts. This education ultimately led to the discovery of his true passion, painting. It also provided him with the tools that will help him transform his formal learning into a pictorial aesthetic of figure and space, through the eyes of an artist, semi-realist and semi-fiction. (Diane Brabant, Besner website)
Besner’s creative work is based on a mixed technique on canvas. He has a preference for oil sticks and their rich palette of colours as well as acrylic paint, structural mortar, china marker and aerosol paint. In addition to these materials, he uses a technique of application by the fingers and scraping of the canvas. (Diane Brabant, Besner website)
The dynamism of the city on canvas
For Besner, the vitality of life is at the heart of the city. The city is the symbol of speed and also of nocturnal effervescence. In many cases, the relationship between the personage and the pictorial space is similar to the relationship between the artist and the city. (Besner’s website)
Besner’s work is often evocative of architectural shapes, but recently the architecture has become a subject of its own. The inherent shapes of his art allow the artist the possibility to depict a fantasy vision of the city and its characters. (Besner’s website)
A sought-after talent
Since 1995, Besner has had numerous solo exhibitions in Canada and abroad. Examples include Ovana’s Branches, at SO ART GALLERY in Morocco in 2015, The Light Side of the Moon at Las Olas Fine Arts in the United States in 2012 and the Hundred Words for China exhibition at CanArt Gallery in China in 2010. In Canada, Besner’s talent has been exhibited in Quebec City, Montreal, Baie St-Paul, Toronto and even Alberta!
Click here to see the paintings currently available at the Perreault Gallery!
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