Quebec artist Sylvain Coulombe is on exhibit with The Symbolism of the Unspoken, his first solo show in Toronto. There’s a strong sculptural element to his portraits, due to thick applications of paint, and deep scraping and carving of his wooden canvases. (Above: C’est dans la descente qu’il comprit)
In these new works, Coulombe creates an “unspoken symbolism” with colour, line and form, to share the story of each unusual character. The Thompson Landry Gallery says his “approach to portraiture is fantastical, his choice of material unconventional, and his desire to create irrepressible. ” (Above: Le Précurseur / Below: Gravité)
Sylvain Coulombe is considered a rising star in Quebec. He holds a Bachelor in Environmental Design from UQAM (L’Université du Québec à Montréal) , where he discovered architecture. Coulombe first created in steel, glass, concrete, resin and wood sculpture, then began using acrylic paint. Now, he devotes himself exclusively to painting.
Exhibit (through March 9), Thompson Landry Gallery, Toronto, here.