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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Mathieu Laca in E-Squared Magazine

Featured in E-Squared Magazine

Art and science have different methods but they share profound ties: being curious about the world we live in.

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Vincent Van Gogh III, oil on linen, 2017

Where My Van Gogh Portrait Came From (And Where It Ended Up)

Vincent Van Gogh III, oil on linen, 2017 Where My Van Gogh Portrait Came From (And Where It Ended Up)There is a stark contrast between Van Gogh’s red-headed lumberjack face, his rural mannerism and the extraordinary sophistication of his coloured dream world. When I painted him, I wanted to reconcile this duality. 

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Anonymous Self-Portrait - Mathieu Laca

Anonymous Self-Portraits

Anonymous Self-portrait III, oil on linen, 36″X54″, 2018 Anonymous Self-Portraits“Show me your original face before you were born” asks a Zen master in a koan.A friend sent me this sentence and it has been haunting me for months, like a secret and unflinching calling.

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