David Langevin was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec in 1959. In his dramatic landscape and 'tree portrait' paintings, he pays a powerful tribute to the wilderness, particularly that of the Kamloops area of British Columbia, where he has lived since 1992. His work is bold and distinctive, with a high degree of technical mastery.David Langevin - The fight against time
Born in Sherbrooke in 1959, David Langevin has lived in Kamloops, British Columbia since the early 1990s. With its weather, wilderness and trees, this West Coast city is, he says, an ideal place that he did not choose, but that chose him.
Background and Career
Although he began drawing and painting long before he began his studies, David Langevin's career path demonstrates the importance he places on training in his artistic process; he graduated from the University of Ottawa's Fine Arts program in 1983 and spent a few years perfecting his painting skills before continuing his training at McGill University in Montreal, where he obtained his Master of Arts in Education in 1990. Finally, four years later, thanks to his thesis on the techniques and materials used by the great masters, he also obtained a Master of Arts degree from McGill University.
" I learned to paint by studying the techniques of a host of painters who left this world hundreds of years ago. I guess that's how it is when you want to see Canadian landscapes through the eyes of Rembrandt. "
After several years spent combining teaching and creation, David Langevin decided in 1994 to devote himself exclusively to his painting.
His work, his art
With his vast technical knowledge and love of his medium, acrylic, David Langevin makes brilliant use of compositional elements, colour and light and delivers powerful tributes to the wilderness. David Langevin's work has a strong symbolic meaning, that of the struggle against time.David Langevin's trees are rarely straight. They cling to life, twisted, imperfect, leaning, uneven; clinging to rocky headlands, sometimes solitary, sometimes clustered, trunks without branches or leaves. Pines and birches struggling in a rigorous nature, as generous as it is unforgiving.
His art is based on an elaborate system of applying multiple layers of successive glazes and impastos. He loves dramatic lighting, shadows and transparencies. The result is a feeling of depth and intense inner life that takes you by storm.
" I love contrasts, protrusions and cavities, solids and hollows - in short, the interstices, the shapes between and under the shapes. I also pay a lot of attention to line and contour. Drawing is very important to me. Sometimes I even 'draw' while painting. "
David Langevin is represented by the Au P'tit Bonheur Art Gallery since 2004, exclusively for Quebec.