André Paradis, Painter
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BIOBiographical notes

André Paradis and the Illuminated Landscape
by: Josiah Gagosian
 
In Quebec City in the winter of 1969 a fifteen-year-old boy stole away from his parents’ house in the night and made his way to the new Grand Theatre in Quebec City, Canada. Catalan-born sculptor, Jordi Bonet was at work there on a massive three thousand square foot relief mural. He had only one arm and suffered from leukemia but in his relatively short life he was able to generate many important large-scale works in metal and concrete using innovative techniques and textures. As he labored there in the frigid weather that year, slathering the wall with concrete, the boy watched his every move.

Bonet’s dedication and energy inspired him to take up painting himself and so another significant Canadian artist was born, André Paradis, an artist who developed a similar interest in texture, though he would use it to very different ends.

Paradis’ artistic education and growth would turn out to be an investigational process, which is still evident in his ongoing mixed media explorations of landscape. Instead of delicately rendered details like branches, blades of grass, or leafy shadows, Paradis uses vivid colors and various media from recycled glass powder to acrylic, copper, silver and golden leaves to convey the sentiment of a landscape.

 Much of his inspiration is drawn from the places he has traveled .Having lived in the South of France, Paradis infuses much of his work with the kind of light he experienced in the winters there, which he says has a very specific, indefinable quality. “I want to transmit something that has a positive feeling.”
As a self-taught painter, Paradis credits Marc Chagall and Wolf Kahn with inspiring his use of color and, although he had not yet traveled in Asia, he has demonstrated an affinity for Japanese woodcut artists whose minimalism and elegant use of line and composition are mirrored in his own sparsely detailed paintings.

Despite their simplicity, the paintings never feel incomplete; their focus has merely been shifted from an experience of literal objects and a specific place to an experience of light and color in an iconographic manifestation of landscape.

Twenty years ago, he discovered one of his primary and arguably most important media: recycled glass powder. He use the recycled glass as a medium, which when combined with acrylic medium, pure pigments, and other materials, had a marked effect on the light conveyed in each painting.

 Paradis’ works are to landscape what the illuminated manuscript was to the medieval world. He brings the tradition of representational landscape painting into the realm of an abstract spiritual iconography with an environmental message, inspiring the viewer to perceive nature in a new light

 

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Artist Statement

 

Natural landscapes are my primary source of inspiration. I search an intimate contact with the environment: land, water and skies - these are elements from which I construct my abstract landscapes. The quality of light intrinsic to each locality takes a major role in my paintings. I also like to play with colors in otherwise commonplace landscapes.

After many years of research, the use of recycled glass powder is a constant in my work. In tune with my environmental convictions, recycled glass combined with pure pigment brings transparency, thickness and volume to my subject.
 

 

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