Frederick Douglass, oil on linen, 36X30 inches, 2018, private collection.

Frederick Douglass: An American Example to Follow

Frederick Douglass, oil on linen, 36X30 inches, 2018, private collection. Frederick Douglass: An American Example to FollowDouglass represents the America I long for these days. The America whose strength and optimism is rooted in equal chances for everyone. 

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Frida Kahlo, oil on linen, 36X30 inches, 2016, private collection.

Frida Kahlo: Painting Nightmares, Vulnerability, and Strength

Frida Kahlo, oil on linen, 36X30 inches, 2016, private collection. Frida Kahlo: Painting Nightmares, Vulnerability, and StrengthI painted her skin in grey tones, swept up by wild winds. I contrasted the solemnity of Greek statues with her image of Mexican exuberance.

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Samuel Beckett III, oil on linen, 38X23 inches, 2017

Samuel Beckett: A Wild Bird

Samuel Beckett III, oil on linen, 38X23 inches, 2017 Samuel Beckett: A Wild BirdPainting portraits of artists is an opportunity for me to integrate the subtleties of their work, which is something I love doing.

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Nicolas de Staël, oil on linen, 135cm X 183cm, 2013

Nicolas de Staël: Somewhere Between Abstraction and Figuration

Nicolas de Staël, oil on linen, 135cm X 183cm, 2013 [2013 Throwback] Nicolas de Staël: Somewhere Between Abstraction and FigurationMy love affair with painting began when I was a teen reading the books of Albert Camus in the Folio Gallimard edition. 

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Robert Lepage, oil on linen, 48X42 inches, 2019

Robert Lepage: Russian Dolls of the Spirit

Robert Lepage, oil on linen, 48X42 inches, 2019 Robert Lepage: Russian Dolls of the SpiritTo see a Robert Lepage play is to enter into a vast network of correspondences.

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Réjean Ducharme, oil on linen, 48X42 inches, 2018. Photo : Guy L’Heureux

Réjean Ducharme: Capturing a Desire for Anonymity

Réjean Ducharme, oil on linen, 48X42 inches, 2018. Photo : Guy L’Heureux Réjean Ducharme: Capturing a Desire for Anonymity How does one paint the portrait of a man who, like Réjean Ducharme, fled the public eye as if his life depended on it? 

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Richard Wagner, oil on linen, 48X42 inches, 2018, private collection, UK

Richard Wagner: A Profound Cataclysm

Richard Wagner, oil on linen, 48X42 inches, 2018, private collection, UK Richard Wagner: A Profound CataclysmRichard Wagner wanted to do for the human voice what Beethoven had done for instrumental music: to create a profound cataclysm.

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Steve, oil on linen, 42x42

A Commissioned Portrait in the Ancient Tradition

Steve, oil on linen, 2018, private collection, Canada A Commissioned Portrait in the Ancient TraditionA portrait commissioned by a woman as a surprise gift for her husband, and what this has to do with the ancient origins of painting itself. 

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Marilyn Monroe, oil on linen, 42”X48”, 2018, private collection, Canada

Marilyn Monroe: Searching Beyond the Femme Fatale

Marilyn Monroe, oil on linen, 42”X48”, 2018, private collection, Canada Marilyn Monroe: Searching Beyond the Femme FataleWho is the woman behind the femme fatale with blond curls and sensuous curves, a sex symbol desired by millions of glaring eyes, even after her death? 

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mathieu laca commission

A Commissioned Portrait Destroyed in Transit?

This is the story of what happened when one of my commissioned portraits was reported “destroyed” by Mexican customs.

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