Dominic Besner



Dominic Besner

Valet-Smoking, 2020
Acrylic, Oil Stick, Modeling Paste, China Marker and Spray Paint
36 x 60 x 2.50 in
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Valet-Smoking, 2020 THE COSTUMED SERVANT "In the craziest nights, he colors your desires" Dominic Besner’s work is often indicative of architectural structures. The inherent shapes of his art allow the artist the ability to depict a fantasy version of the city and its characters. Although the city is first and foremost an invention of the artist, it is often inspired by the formal architecture characteristic of medieval cities. The crosses, arches, arched windows, and towers are all recognizable elements of the medieval era. The layering of structures creates tension in the image, which cannot be read in a linear perspective. The painter combines a certain treatment of context and the artistic vocabulary of a period in time. Besner’s characters, which often appear to be in masks, are symbolic of the theatre. Their expression of the ephemeral in life is rarely melancholy. The character is active, as a thinking being, or one that amuses. Although the character may sometimes appear as a figure plucked straight from the circus, it also represents figures we might meet at a highly formal reception. Besner’s characters enjoy unraveling themselves in front of us. The character is fully aware of our presence; it watches us, possibly even asking us the same questions which inspired the artist to create them. Besner's use of animals is as a symbolic iconography. They illustrate the profound and brutal passions that are at the core of history, mankind, and life on earth. Through the animal’s appearance and position, the artist paints the intensity surrounding him. This liveliness takes shape in his imaginary city, where violence and pleasure abound. The animal’s nature is an expression of the forces of life which can embody the playful or combative aspects of the soul. Besner’ completes his settings by adding fine black lines to evoke space or landscapes, a pattern, or a new figure. The line drawings also mark movement. Drawing allows the artist to reassert himself through and allows the spectator to gain entry into the artist’s pictorial practice.


Dominic Besner

 

 

 

 

Besner was born in 1965 in North Lancaster, Ontario. He completed his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Montreal in 1992. This early education allowed him to focus his thoughts on the nature of the city and its components.

The artist is entirely open to the vibrations of contemporary society which he seeks to remodel in new forms of plasticity, hovering somewhere between the figurative and the abstract. His aim is not to create an ideal or to reproduce nature, but rather to give form to the energy emanating from the metaphysics of human activity.

The fantastic creations to which he gives birth on the canvas are a synonym of human fragility, of the brevity of life, by which he is both awed and troubled. Besner draws on the energy from the heart of the city, with its noise and fast-paced activity, which he then modulates in his painting. The characters depicted are necessarily imbued with the same sense of dizzying movement associated with urban press. They live in the echoes and the ambience of the city, which the artist depicts using colours, lines and motifs.

 

Whether his subject is human, animal or architectural, the resulting depiction is always the effect of a plasticity that emerges from the dynamic relation between the figure and the space. When the subject is a person, everything is in his gaze, his mouth, his high cheekbones, broad forehead and sometimes merely in the slight angle at which the head is held. The overall facial expression is more than just a reflection of personality; it is a reflection of our contemporary world, which belongs to all of us. Postures, hairstyles, body language ― all mirror the movement initiated by the face and express the full eloquence of the work.

The emotional structure of Besner’s work expresses a renewed, richer and deeper view of life, based on line and colour. The resulting depiction is the image of a world in itself, which largely transcends the two dimensional limits of the canvas.

 

– By Martin Bundock and Diane Brabant

 

 

 

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