This month’s featured artist is Alex Garant! We were immediately drawn to Alex’s artwork due to the sheer uniqueness of it. What Alex does on the canvas is something we’ve never seen before! Many of her pieces are available for purchase. If you are interested in buying any of her work, please visit her website. For regular inspiration, follow her social media.
From Alex: "My name is Alex Garant and I am a French-Canadian artist living and working in Toronto, Canada. I studied visual arts at Notre-Dame-De-Foy College, just outside Quebec City and graduated in 2001. I decided to truly commit to my passion for art after suffering from a heart attack in 2012, changing forever how I see the world."
"I am represented by galleries in New York, Los Angeles and Australia. My works have also been shown in several museums including the Museum of Art and History (MOAH) in California, the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Arizona, the Honolulu Museum of Art in Hawaii and the Fullerton Museum Center in California."
"I use a lot of brushes and love to work with synthetic soft brushes. Royal & Langnickel offers a wide variety of brushes and an affordable price point which is perfect for me. They also can be found at my favorite art store or online in large quantity packs. I also like the idea that even as a full-time professional artist, we can use products that are accessible to anyone."
A: I attended my first oil painting art class when I was 7 years old at the local community center. I always have been into drawing and painting, it has always been my true passion. After high school, I went to college and graduated from art school (Arts Plastiques) with honors. Over the following years, I explored different careers but always found my way back to creativity. I am very fortunate to be creating on a full-time basis now.
A: I am a huge fan of Bouguereau and also Francis Bacon.
A: I like to describe my work as Contemporary Figurative Op Art. Most of my oil paintings offer a graphic quality combined with traditional portrait techniques. I embrace Analogue Glitch Art by using patterns, duplication of elements, symmetry and image superposition as key elements of my imagery.
A: I love doing brand collaboration because they push me to adapt my style to other medium or supports. I also want to create more murals this summer.
A: I am an oil painter. When I was in art school, I experimented with a lot of mediums, but I always like how oil paint keeps moving, it can be “sculpted” several times because getting sticky. I just truly enjoy its creamy texture and the pigment saturation.
A: I usually start with several sketches created from reference photos. I then play with my sketches and duplicate them on canvas. Once the sketch is completed, I paint all prima as much as possible, working in sections to optimize wet-on-wet time. A painting can take between 35 to 65 hours to complete.
A: It was always the dream. In 2012, I had a heart attack and it completely changed who I am. Before the incident, I was living life like I was on a lazy river, enjoying the ride, looking around, but not actively participating. After this near-death incident, I wanted to fully commit to my passion, I was not fearful or self-conscious anymore. I just wanted to enjoy every single little thing. Time is the only currency we are all running out of. We better make the most of it today.
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