The ultimate portrait of the Quebecois writer Michel Tremblay with a tender gaze.

Michel Tremblay – A Look of Implacable Tenderness

Michel Tremblay, oil on linen, 46X46 inches, 2018, private collection. Michel Tremblay – A Look of Implacable TendernessVisually Michel Tremblay can only be presented frontally, without detour. There is no ambiguity in him, no enigmatic shadow, no artifice.

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New Edition of Michel Tremblay Anthology Features My Portrait

New Edition of Michel Tremblay Anthology Features My PortraitI’m honored to announce that my portrait of Michel Tremblay, perhaps the greatest Québécois writer, is featured on the cover of a new edition of Chronicles of the Plateau Mont Royal.

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[INTERVIEW] Mathieu Laca: Flaubert’s psychedelic therapist

[INTERVIEW] Mathieu Laca: Flaubert’s psychedelic therapistAn excerpt from a new interview featuring my history as a reader of Gustave Flaubert.

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Introducing “Oil on Print”: Hand-Embellished Canvas Prints by Mathieu Laca

Introducing “Oil On Print”: Hand-Embellished Canvas Prints by Mathieu Laca Revealing my new media type – “Oil on Print” – and the story behind the name. 

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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, a wildly strong and free woman artist painted in soft tones.

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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