I grew up in the 1980s and the graffiti world was very strong. I was in a band and we used that in our band logo - the paintings I am doing right now… the bright colours are there to attract you. The darker, shaded colours represent darker aspects of us; and grey and air brushing is where we live most of the time. It’s not always clear. Lines can take you on a straight path. The curving lines are rivers that change, sinuous paths that you follow. Dots are instant moments in your life that are important and cast a shadow on the rest of your life. There are layers and layers of experience that make up who you are.

Sylvain was born in 1968 and he lives and works in Montreal, Canada.

Biography
Sylvain Louis-Seize has painted since he could hold a brush – growing up in a rough north Montreal neighbourhood he painted on purloined construction scraps using leftover house paint from neighbours. When success came ultimately and suddenly in 2005, he left his construction job of 18 years and rode a wave that allowed him to paint full time. Exhibitions of his rich landscapes derived from an active imagination sold out to eager collectors. Then just as suddenly, in 2017, Louis-Seize put down his brush — painting having been as much a therapy for him as a livelihood, he sought a new direction in his artwork.

Now in 2019, after a 2 year hiatus, Louis-Seize has returned to painting in a bold reinvention. Through the medium he has explored his entire life, the artist has resolved memories of a difficult past and seized the present. Things could have turned out quite differently for him – raised by a single mother in difficult circumstances, he saw many of his friends end up in street gangs.

Now married with two children, his thoughts have turned to gratitude and his work has become more celebratory and controlled merging hard edged painting techniques with graffiti-like spray. The spontaneous brush work of his earlier raw, moody landscapes has given way to dazzling abstract canvases that pull on his past street experience. Overlapping, flat coloured shapes are chosen and arranged like a puzzle in a measured process requiring patience, introspection.

The artist’s process of creation begins with “a lot of trial and error” on mini canvases that he cuts up and reassembles. The elements of the chosen image are then digitized and loaded onto a tablet where he juggles the pieces again swapping out colours, lines, patterns. The final digital image is printed to acetate and projected onto a canvas where he traces it and begins to paint. Using air brush, soft brush and rollers with specialized tapes he arrives at the finished work.

Such paintings as Sapience calls on the hard edged, minimalist aesthetic of Montreal’s Guido Molinari. But in pulling from the brash language of street art, Louis-Seize creates a liberated narrative in which the rigorous tenets of historical minimalism no longer apply:

Guido Molinari said once that red is only red next to blue. And blue is only blue next to green. The colour is defined by the colour next to it. I thought that was profound. Then I disagreed with him. Red is red and it can stand on its own.

Louis-Seize’s new work aligns more closely with that of the Americans KAWS or Shepard Fairey both of whom evolved from street art. Like them, Louis-Seize has accepted and even embraced aspects of his past to create the present.

I grew up in the 1980s and the graffiti world was very strong. I was in a band and we used that in our band logo – the paintings I am doing right now… the bright colours are there to attract you. The darker, shaded colours represent darker aspects of us; and grey and air brushing is where we live most of the time. It’s not always clear. Lines can take you on a straight path. The curving lines are rivers that change, sinuous paths that you follow. Dots are instant moments in your life that are important and cast a shadow on the rest of your life. There are layers and layers of experience that make up who you are.

Solo exhibitions
2021 DURAN I MASHAAL gallery, Montreal,Qc CANADA
2019 OENO Gallery, Prince Edward County, ON Canada
2014 Wallace Gallery, Calgary, AB Canada
2013 Wallace Gallery, Calgary, AB Canada
2013 Couture Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
2012 Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC Canada
2011 OENO Gallery, Prince Edward County, ON Canada
2010 OENO Gallery, Prince Edward County, ON Canada
2010 Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC Canada
2010 Winsor Gallery, Vancouver,BC Canada
2010 Melanee Cooper Gallery, Chicago, IL USA
2009 Gallery One, Toronto, ON Canada
2009 Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC Canada
2008 OENO Gallery, Prince Edward County, ON Canada
2008 Gallery Jones, Vancouver, BC Canada
2008 Gallery One, Toronto, ON Canada
2008 Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC Canada
2007 OENO Gallery, Prince Edward County, ON Canada
2007 Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON Canada
2007 Gallery Jones, Vancouver, BC Canada
2007 Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC Canada
2006 Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON Canada
2006 OENO Gallery, Prince Edward County, ON Canada
2005 Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON Canada

Group exhibitions
2021 OENO Gallery, Prince Edward County, ON Canada
2016 Wallace Gallery, Calgary, AB Canada
2016 OENO Gallery, Prince Edward County, ON Canada
2015 Wallace Gallery, Calgary, AB Canada
2015 OENO Gallery, Prince Edward County, ON Canada
2014 Wallace Gallery, Calgary, AB Canada
2013 OENO Gallery, Prince Edward County, ON Canada
2013 Wallace Gallery, Calgary, AB Canada
2012 ART 2012,Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC Canada
2012 Wallace Gallery, Calgary, AB Canada
2012 OENO Gallery, Prince Edward County, ON Canada
2011 Wallace Gallery, Calgary, AB Canada
2011 ART 2011,Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC Canada
2010 Winsor Gallery, Vancouver,BC Canada
2010 ART 2010,Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC Canada
2010 OENO Gallery, Prince Edward County, ON Canada
2009 The Weiss Gallery, Calgary, AB Canada
2009 Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC Canada
2009 OENO Gallery, Prince Edward County, ON Canada
2009 Art 2009, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC Canada
2008 Gallery One, Toronto, ON Canada
2008 Summer Show, OENO Gallery, Prince Edward County, ON Canada
2008 Art 2008, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC Canada
2007 Group Show, Gallery Jones, Vancouver, BC Canada
2007 Summer Show, Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON Canada
2007 Art 2007, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC Canada
2007 OENO Gallery, Prince Edward County, ON Canada
2006 Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC Canada
2006 Art 2006, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC Canada
2006 Summer Show, Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON Canada
2005 Summer Show, Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON Canada
2004 Emerging Artists Show, Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON Canada

Art fairs
2019 Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON Canada, , OENO Gallery, Prince Edward County,
ON Canada
2013 Interior Design Show, Toronto, ON Canada, OENO Gallery, Prince Edward County, ON Canada
2012 Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON Canada, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC
Canada
2011 Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON Canada, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC
Canada
2010 Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON Canada, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC
Canada
2010 Interior Design Show, Toronto, ON Canada, OENO Gallery, Prince Edward County, ON Canada
2009 Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON Canada, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC
Canada
2009 Los Angeles Art Show, Los Angeles, Ca United States, Gallery Jones, Vancouver, Canada
2008 Art London, London, United Kingdom, Gallery Jones, Vancouver, Canada
2008 Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON Canada, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC
Canada
2008 Los Angeles Art Show, Los Angeles, Ca United States, Gallery Jones, Vancouver, Canada
2008 Palm Beach 3, Palm Beach, FL United States , Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC Canada
2007 Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON Canada, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC
Canada and Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON Canada
2007 Palm Beach 3, Palm Beach, FL United States, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC Canada
2007 Kenan Center, Lockport, NY, United States, OENO Gallery, Prince Edward County, ON Canada
2006 Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON Canada, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC
Canada and Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON Canada
2005 Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON Canada, Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON Canada
2005 Toronto Art Crawl, Toronto, ON Canada, Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON Canada

Publications
2019 “Immersive Shine”, by R.M. Vaughan, Oeno Gallery
2010 “ETHOS”, Oeno Gallery
2008 “ADDENDUM”, Oeno Gallery
2008 “Insistence”, Gary Michael Dault, Gallery One
2008 “Sylvain Louis-Seize”, Betty Ann Jordan, Galerie de Bellefeuille
2007 “Ephemeral Luminescence”, John K. Grande, Engine Gallery
2007 “RADIANCE”, Carlyn Moulton, Oeno Gallery
2007 “New Works”, Gallery Jones
2007 “Sylvain Louis-Seize”, Gary Michael Dault, Galerie de Bellefeuille
2006 “TRANSCENDENCE”, John K. Grande, Engine Gallery
2006 “Manufacturing Desire”, David J. Fairlie, Oeno Gallery
2005 “Human Industry”, John K. Grande, Engine Gallery