New artist representation Sylvain Louis-Seize !!!

We are very excited to announce the representation of the wonderful, colourful and vibrant paintings of Canadian artist Sylvain Louis-Seize.

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.