MY TYRANT, MY PROTEST, MY MYTH - Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo

MY TYRANT, MY PROTEST, MY MYTH - Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo

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“My work reflects a critical narrative of historical, cultural and personal experience. Using drawing as a personal act of revision my work explores the role of storytelling through Pre-Columbian mythology, popular folklore and elements sourced from visual and vernacular culture, all intertwined through a personal lexicon of imagery that is constantly recycled and revised over time.

My tyrant, My protest, My myth is characterized by an inter-disciplinary practice involving a new series of mixed media drawings, printed work and stop-motion animation videos that discuss issues of collective memory, historical trauma and cultural identity rehearsed in narrative form as personal mythologies. As such, the new body of work attempts to cast new interpretations on memory-building as a form of personal resistance, political commentary and healing.” – Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo 

 

- OSVALDO RAMIREZ CASTILLO -

Born in El Salvador in 1978, Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo attended the Ontario College of Art and Design and obtained his MFA degree from Concordia University in 2007. He has participated in various group exhibitions across Canada and internationally in venues such as The Print Center in New York, Galerie Kuma in Berlin, La Casa de Las Americas National Gallery in Cuba and most recently the Southern Alberta Art Gallery. Ramirez Castillo is the recipient of numerous production and travel grants from the Canada Arts Council, Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, including subsidies from The Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation and most recently from the prestigious Pollock- Krasner Foundation in The United States. His work is part of many prestigious Canadian private collections.
 

FROM LINES INTO ABSTRACTION

FROM LINES INTO ABSTRACTION

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Featuring:

123Klan (FR)
Morten Anderson (DA)
Bacon (CA)
Cope2 (USA)
Dems333 (SP)
Augustine Kofie (USA)
Doc Tc5 (USA)
El Mac (USA)
KEMS (USA)
Kwest (CA)
Greg Lamarche (USA) Pose (USA)
Pro (FR)
Remi Rough (UK)
Patrick RESO Jungfleisch (SU)
Victor Reyes (USA)
Alex Scaner (CA)
Stare (CA)
Tchug (CA)
Yes2 (USA
Zek One (CA)
Zoer (FR)

Under the co-curation of the gallery and graffiti-veteran, RESO, this exhibition serves as a meditation on the value of abstraction in graffiti. This group show features works by an impressive roster of 22 artists from Canada and all over the world. Each artist comes from a background in graffiti but their diverse works reveal the many directions into which these roots can evolve. The artistic networks of Yves Laroche combined with those of RESO (based in Germany, Switzerland, and NYC) guarantee a very unique show. The opening’s music will be curated by the Sommelier Acoustique, a glass of Bulle de Neige in hand. Many of the participating artists will be present on the date of the opening, making the evening an international graffiti convention not to be missed.

“Urban Abstraction

Throughout its development – most notably since the end of the 20th century, graffiti art has changed drastically in terms of the artists’ approach. Its success within the art market unifies it with other art movements that stem from an urban environment. The different approaches to these movements, though, are complex and numerous.
Contrary to certain styles, abstraction requires that the observer engage in a conversation with the work. The transformation of letters into shapes and symbols detaches them from their original, superficial function. This allows for complete independence and liberty within the works of abstract artists.”

- PATRICK “RESO” JUNGFLEISCH
 

BUTCHER'S HOOK - Jon Todd & Jesse Hazelip

BUTCHER'S HOOK - Jon Todd & Jesse Hazelip

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With a title stemming from old Cockney slang, Butcher’s Hook invites viewers to take a look at two of contemporary art’s most passionate outsiders. Embracing the uncommon becomes common ground between the works of Jon Todd and Jesse Hazelip. While Todd’s colourful, abstract portraits visually contrast Hazelip’s monochrome drawings, both artists attribute an unmistakable sense of power to figures in the periphery. By exploring the fringes of society, prison culture, and the underground, Jon Todd and Jesse Hazelip fill the walls of Yves Laroche with a dark, honest, and remarkably appealing version of reality.

- JON TODD -
A graduate of Sheridan College in Toronto, Jon Todd has developed a unique style based on a process of layering his multiple influences including tattoo graphics, street art, Asian, Northern European, and Mexican cultures. By integrating his vast sources of inspiration, Todd works with different themes, processes and styles in each piece. Both a fine artist and an illustrator, his work represents timeless depictions of social issues and pop culture iconography. His aesthetic explores themes of war, corruption, and internal struggle and uses as many mediums as possible such as objects, wallpaper, screen prints, Sharpies, and belt sanders. His multimedia paintings resemble kaleidoscopic mosaics charged with iconography. These highly personal reflections, despite their vivacity, mainly deal with issues about misguided stigmas, psychosis, and miscommunication. Quickly gaining international recognition, he has exhibited widely in North America and has won several awards for his work, namely from Applied Arts magazine.

- JESSE HAZELIP -
Jesse Hazelip was born in 1977 and raised in the mountain desert town of Cortez, Colorado amidst Navajo and Ute Nation territory. At the age of 14 he relocated to Santa Barbara, CA and into an environment vastly different from that of his childhood. It was there that Hazelip took root in the world of graffiti. Through his involvement with this underground sub-culture, Hazelip gained an aesthetic and technique that is woven into his artwork alongside the imagery and history of his childhood.
Hazelip received his BFA from Art Center College of Design and currently works and resides in Oakland, CA. As a commercial illustrator, he has worked with clients such as Converse, Christian Audigier, Mishka NYC, and National Forest Design. Hazelip has shown extensively at galleries throughout California and his work resides in numerous private collections.

 

BOONZ - Laurence Vallières

BOONZ - Laurence Vallières

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Yves Laroche Galerie d\'art is proud to present "BOONZ", Laurence Vallières’s first solo exhibition. Her complex assemblages of disparate cardboard pieces represent baboons, elephants, bears and other wild animals. Invested by Vallière’s work, the gallery space becomes an over sized sculptural bestiary. Vallières’s sculptures are studies that appropriate symbolism of the animal imagery to reveal their \'built\' nature and establish equivalences between their symbolism and human behavior.

-LAURENCE VALLIÈRES-
As an artist, one’s goal must be to express what is common and mundane in a way that makes it interesting and novel. To this end, Laurence Vallières uses animal imagery to symbolize and represent political issues and social behavior. Her work is greatly inspired by literature from the authors Georges Orwell and Art Spiegelman. Their deft use of metaphor allowed them to critique an issue or philosophy without explicitly stating the target of their anger. This use of metaphor gave their work the feel of a widely-circulated, savage inside joke. Similarly, Vallières creates art that maintains both visual appeal and an understated sense of humor. Vallières wants the meaning of her pieces to both capture the eye of the viewer initially and leave them with something to consider long after they’ve left. She sculpts monkeys, elephants and rhinoceroses, thinking about their human correspondents or the ideologies they represent.

PAPIER 13

PAPIER 13

Yves Laroche Galerie d'art is participating in the Contemporary Art Gallery Association’s annual festival “Papier”. The participating galleries have curated a special collection of works that focus on the medium of paper. Located outdoors in downtown Montreal’s Quartier des spectacles, just steps away from Place des arts, Papier 13 is the perfect chance to explore the current contemporary art scene by exploring the booths of dozens of galleries from across the country. The Yves Laroche Galerie d’Art booth will feature artists ranging from the grand masters of Canadian art to today’s groundbreaking graffiti and pop surrealists, with a special feature on Shepard Fairey.

ARTISTS EXHIBITED :

Primary Market : Shepard Fairey, Jason Botkin, Jesse Hazelip, Jon Todd, Omen, Jonathan Bergeron, Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo, Other, Travis Louie, Gary Taxali, Jason D'Aquino, Zach Johnsen, Greg Lamarche, Jessica Wee, Kems, Reso, Steven Orner, et Laurence Vallières

Secondary Market : Serge Lemoyne, Jean Cocteau, Jean McEwen, Joyce Wieland, Léon Bellefleur, Jean Paul Riopelle, Jean Philippe Dallaire, Jean Paul Jérôme, Marcel Barbeau, Fernand Leduc, Jean Paul Mousseau, Marcel Ferron,

FEATURE ARTIST : SHEPARD FAIREY (OBEY) 

STAR D'UN SOIR - Stare

STAR D'UN SOIR - Stare

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Yves Laroche Galerie d'art is proud to present Stare’s debut exhibition, “Star d’un soir”. Montreal graffiti king for over fifteen years, this exceptional artist has gained an international following. Discover his universe this spring.

-STARE-

Graffiti artist, Stare, has become renowned for his versatile and innovative style. The chemistry between his colours and the electrifying techniques used to combine them create lettering as strong as it is graceful. In his own unique graphic style and way to make use of space, Stare has literally made his mark on Montreal’s visual stage.

Stare’s story begins in 1996, as co-founder of the legendary NME crew, which still navigates the Montreal landscape strategically branding the environment. An expert in all disciplines of graffiti, Stare quickly became a career muralist. He has been involved in the creation of major murals that are now considered historic monuments of the Montreal metropolis. Defying traditional techniques currently dominant in mural painting, his works are designed to blend into their environment: respecting, incorporating, and enriching the existing architecture.

Over the course of his career, Stare has touched upon multiple spheres of public art by participating in several social and commercial projects. Stare uses a clever subversion of the mainstream to distinguish himself with a touch of humour. He has left his imprint in multiple cities and has even brought his work to places that have hardly seen any urban or graffiti art. With 17 years of devoted practice and diverse experience, he has forged a powerful aesthetic that has lasted the years and influenced those well acquainted with graffiti and those only just being introduced.
Having participated in exhibitions both local and international, he presents us with his first solo show, “Star d’un soir”, an important page in the history of Montreal graffiti.

Montreal’s best kept secret has just been unveiled.

SATURATION 2013 - Alex Scaner, Zek One, Pun18, Kems

SATURATION 2013 - Alex Scaner, Zek One, Pun18, Kems

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Yves Laroche Galerie d'art is proud to present “Saturation”, an international touring exhibition featuring recent artworks by Alex Scaner, Zek One, Philip Pun18 Cruz and Kems. These four artists from Boston (USA), San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Montreal (Québec) meet once again inside gallery walls, a first for Montreal’s art scene. Four approaches, four distinctive styles, but only one passion: graffiti.

-Alex Scaner-

It was the year 1996 when Scaner entered the graffiti territory he would soon call home: Montreal, the cultural metropolis and its surroundings. He began learning about the graffiti movement with a multi-disciplinary group: Delinquent Artists, commonly known as DA. Throughout the years, this group has earned a reputable position within the community. As one of the most active graffiti writers, Scaner quickly became an established icon of Montreal’s landscape. The artist has distinguished himself by refining his style, opting for flamboyant colours and choosing the locations of his graffiti strategically. Wanting to escape daily routine, Scaner turned to traveling to broaden his horizons. Mexico, New York, Paris, San Juan, Rome, and countless other cities now bear the signature of the artist. Today, his work is internationally recognized and he proudly represents the group Keep Going (KG). According to Scaner, graffiti should be in constant evolution, believing that in his turn, he can help change and shape its growth through his work. His studies in industrial design and architecture have allowed him to further explore the inspiration he draws from urban landscapes and to develop innovative approaches to his work. Scaner and Montreal have come to be one, inseparable.

-Zek One-
Montreal native and graffiti veteran, Zek, has been painting since 1993. He still considers spray paint his medium of choice, but explores airbrushing, acrylics and other forms of paint in his work. After 18 years of painting, Zek’s significant presence in the scene has garnered international attention and a place in multiple galleries and events, including a charity art auction in Paris (spring 2010) in support of SOS Racisme. Zek is currently employed by Tandem/The City of Montreal as official muralist and has held this position for 4 years, painting murals full time all over NDG and Cotes-des-Neiges. Through his involvement with A’Shop (www.ashop.ca), Zek’s influence has reached multiple clients in the local community, most notably at The Montreal Museum of Fine Art’s prestigious fundraising soiree ”Eyes Wide Open”. The A’Shop team also works with clients as internationally recognizable as Sirius Satellite Radio, Volkswagon, Cirque du Soleil, Red Bull, and many more. Travelling remains central to Zek’s career; he tries to maintain at least two graffiti trips every year to locations ranging from New York to the Caribbean to Europe, painting at least one piece at every stop. Throughout his longstanding career, Zek has continued to approach each day as an opportunity to improve his work, finding progress a welcome result of this perspective. Zek remains as focused today, as he was on the first day he began to paint.

-Philip Pun18 Cruz-

Pun18 was born on September 22, 1985 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where his fascination with drawing began during childhood. Inspired specifically by comics and animated series, these influences inspired him to create his own characters. At 10 years old, Pun met with the world of graffiti and at 15, he decided to engage in the art. What began as a hobby became his career. At the beginning of this professional stage, Pun came to participate in exhibitions in and outside Puerto Rico, in countries such as Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, Canada, and the United States. His current work involves, in addition to the graffiti, comics, animation, pop art, and surrealism. The concept of his work is based on personal experiences and social criticism featuring a range of bold colors with the intention of highlighting what interests his audience and/or concerns of the society we live in today.

-Kems-

Kems is an internationally recognized graffiti artist who started painting in the early to mid-90s under the handle of Kem5. A native of New England, he developed a unique style of technical painting originating from his area. Kems’ work has always focused on the advancement of letter structure, also known as “Style Writing”. What continually sets his work apart from others’ is the subtle attention to abstract detail and colour. In more recent times Kems’ public work has continued to advance the balance between letters and colour, finding a harmony between the two. Juxtaposing highly saturated colours, his work creates a visual strain on the eye while attempting to create a positive aesthetic. The result is pleasantly sickening. Kems is most known for his graffiti art but his creative talents have transformed into a diverse range of private and corporate veins. His work can be found in numerous books and publications throughout the world, most notably in “Graffiti World” (2004), “Street World” (2007), “Graffiti Planet” (2009) and “Graffiti Burners” (2010). Kems continues to work on a global scale through “Ground Release”, a multi-cultural team of artists involved in a variety of visual projects. He is also an active member on the Ironlak team.
 

Serge Lemoyne... and the First Star

Serge Lemoyne... and the First Star

In conjunction with the Lemoyne retrospective at Montreal’s Espace Création Loto-Québec (September 26 to December 9), the exhibition Serge Lemoyne ...And The First Star will fill three exhibition spaces at host galleries Lacerte Art Contemporain and Yves Laroche Galerie d’Art. For the occasion our new space Yves Laroche Projet Beaumont will be put to good use by showcasing a series of art pieces by the artist. The exhibition will feature works from the artist’s major series, including Bleu, blanc, rouge, Assemblages, Pointe d’étoile, Hommage à Matisse, Triangulation and Trou noir, to name but a few.

Since 2001 gallery owners Louis Lacerte and Yves Laroche have been bringing their passion and expertise to bear Serge Lemoyne’s work and to putting back his work into the spotlight here in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada. Over the years, the two have helped to preserve and showcase a unique oeuvre with a special place in Quebec and Canada’s artistic heritage.

Serge Lemoyne (1941–1998) ardently defended an art set on debunking the myth of the artist by casting a critical eye on his own creations, museum institutions, the academy, and the art community in general. Lemoyne fueled his artistic career with pictorial challenges and reflections on contemporary art through painting, installations, performance art, sculpture, and many other techniques. The work of this multidisciplinary artist is first and foremost a testimony to his desire to foster a lasting rapprochement between art and the general public.

Serge Lemoyne ...And the First Star offers a fascinating glimpse into the life and work of an extraordinary artist. Nearly fifty works will be on display.
 

LUEURS - Jonathan Bergeron

LUEURS - Jonathan Bergeron

 

Montreal, September 21st 2012 - Yves Laroche Galerie d'art is proud to present Montreal-based artist, Jonathan Bergeron’s new solo exhibition Lueurs. Propelled by an evolving style, Jonathan Bergeron’s early success began with his painted documentations of the personified calavera, a skull-shaped character common in the Mexican celebration of Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos). Since then his work has been showcased in important American and Canadian galleries and has appeared in numerous magazines. This is a unique opportunity to see the artworks of this unconventional artist here in Montreal.

- JONATHAN BERGERON’S ARTIST STATEMENT –

I have been creating my art for over twenty years. The themes of my pieces have been continuously changing as I experiment with diverse media. For as long as I can remember, I have been drawing: from street art, to vintage art, to Hot Rod culture and California Lowbrow, each style has its own place in my artistic production. My most recent pieces in the Lueurs exhibition include graphite and chalk drawings on tinted paper and oil paintings on panel. These pieces retain all or at least some of these influential styles, while each remaining unique parts of a cohesive whole.

In this exhibition, my pieces depict the resilience of the subject within a life that might previously have appeared hopeless. The visual language lies somewhere between a landscape of fantasy and surrealism. I chose to depict the somber themes of my work with vibrant colors, demonstrating the hope that can emerge from a situation that, at first glance, seems irreparable.

- LUEURS -

In his new exhibition, Lueurs, Jonathan Bergeron proposes a universe in a surrealist landscape – with certain pieces strongly influenced by the work of Salvador Dali – while depicting its subjects in a hostile, precarious environment. In these works, nature slowly repossesses control, making way for strange amalgamations between nature and culture, all within a space where the eminent beauty of hopelessness leaves no space for cynicism.

Lueurs is, in a way, impregnated by the current political and economic context that has come to reflect an entire era. With this new opus of highly personal work, Jonathan Bergeron gestures towards, quite simply, the right to cohabitate harmoniously with nature and reflect on what our values are as a society, but foremost as individuals.

 

TEMPEST - OTHER (DEREK MEHAFFEY)

TEMPEST - OTHER (DEREK MEHAFFEY)

TEMPEST
WITH OTHER (DEREK MEHAFFEY)
May 16th to May 30th, 2012
Opening reception : Wednesday May 16th, 2012, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Montreal, April 21st 2012 - Canadian artist Other has long earned his reputation in the graffiti milieu.  Bohemian artist, his art can be seen on freight trains, city walls, in train yards, and inside countless art galleries around the world.  He is known for his intricate oil stick paintings that grace rolling freight trains across North America.  Collecting from a variety of images and experiences, his work inside the gallery constitutes a dynamic approach to counter the limits of a more static environment inherent to established institutions. This art represents the starting point from which his street art evolves. The body involvement and dynamism associated with graffiti translates in a kaleidoscopic vision often fragmented, suggesting the whole picture but focusing only on detail creating the movement within the composition. His highly coloured body of work balances his more monochromatic street art which is often executed in relative obscurity.

- OTHER (DEREK MEHAFFEY) -
I always wanted to be an animator but lacked the patience.  Movement was my main inspiration.   Movement equaled life but the drawn out, repetitive process of classical animation was like prison, one had to become stagnant to create movement.  That was when I discovered it was me that must move and also there were other systems in which my work could move such as the North American railway system.  The artist is the animation and the art is left behind in a room or wall or roams the lonely rails.  So over the years my work has been displayed from Fez to Taipei to NYC to Montreal to Berlin to Bucharest to Tokyo to Lisbon and a million boxcars and dead walls in-between.  The work speaks of clutter and layers, sort of all the generations of paint and wallpaper underneath the walls of an old apartment, a broken history of travels documented on discarded wood.

- TEMPEST -
In Tempest, Other brings his work as a street artist inside, proposing to the viewer a glimpse of his complex universe.  Ranging from linocut, serigraphy, spray paint, oil to felt tip pen and acrylic, the exhibition delivered as some sort of a maze, not unlike the artist scattered vision, have the sound quality of seaming broad influences taken from both travel experiences and intimate memories.  In the art work, the different places and cultures along the artist path suddenly collide with places and recollections of his childhood. Choosing facial expressions as the main focal point over classical proportions, the overwhelming use of repetition, colors and forms is as chaotic and diverse as are his own experiences.  Through repetition, layering and diverse techniques, he depicts sparse body parts, lost objects and repetitive patterns piling up as if it was the collision aftermath between two different universes which were never meant to meet.  Other’s highly personal artwork speaks of memory and identity through the depiction of facial expressions, objects he has collected and diverse places he has visited.  Clutter and repetition, which became kind of his signature, also bring an excessive and unexpected character to his work. From working with found objects, his work somehow becomes the witness of the time passing by, adding texture and one more layer of narrative like an old wall in an old apartment showing traces of life through layers and layers of wallpaper and paint left behind by past dwellers, now long gone.

ESCAPE WITH ME -  Lola & Greg (Craola) Simkins

ESCAPE WITH ME - Lola & Greg (Craola) Simkins

This Wednesday June 8 2011, YVES LAROCHE GALERIE D'ART is eager to present Escape with Me, an exhibition showcasing the most recent body of work of two major international artists Lola et de Greg ''Craola'' Simkins. In Escape With Me, they lead us through a hidden door by which we escape reality and enter into a surreal dimension where world politics and destruction are left far behind. Their explicitly opulent world brings back the narrative at the center of the piece where bizarre blends equally with beauty.

It’s pop surrealism, but it’s actually much more than that, Lola and Simkins are two of the best artists in their genre, merging imagery of sweet and grotesque. Mixing old master painting techniques with a contemporary twist, they perfectly portray their detailed and ornamented fantasy worlds using their influences in graffiti and tattoo.

Coming from the US West Coast, Simkins and Lola are two of the most important artists which YL exhibit isolated works from time to time. Within the context of the much anticipated Canadian premiere of Escape With Me exhibition, YL will showcase the more recent body of work from both artists while they will be in attendance.

 

Trophy - The Fine Art of Jon Todd

Trophy - The Fine Art of Jon Todd

Trophy - The Fine Art of Jon Todd
SMASH Gallery
Toronto, CAN
May 27 - June 2
 Opening : May 27 6PM - 11PM

Yves Laroche Galerie d'art presents Jon Todd's upcoming solo exhibition TROPHY taking place at Smash Gallery, Toronto, from May 27 to June 2 2011.

TROPHY, will showcase the more recent work by Todd including original paintings, sculptures, screen prints and installations where blend lucha libre and japanese samurai symbolisms. Naming tattoo graphics, street art, Asian, Northern European and Mexican culture as his many influences, the exhibition will reflect timeless depictions of social issues and pop culture iconography while exploring themes of war, corruption, and internal struggle.

SMASH gallery
2880 Dundas West, Toronto CAN

Phantasmagoria

Phantasmagoria

On Wednesday October 27th 2010, Yves Laroche Galerie d'art is eager to present Phantasmagoria featuring new work by American artists Travis Louie, Kathie Olivas, Chet Zar and Brandt Peters.  Aptly named Phantasmagoria, the exhibition is a perfect fit for the autumnal season where landscapes of otherworld dimensions, ghost inhabited spaces and netherworld spectres are common recurrences.

Phantasmagoria is Zar and Louie’s first exhibition in Canada and get YL the opportunity to re-connect with powerhouse team Olivias and Peters for the second time. This four person exhibition has much in store for the viewer featuring medium-sized oil works on wood and paper, wooden sculptures and a custom made giclée print. The exhibiton showcases a combination of Louie’s bizarre black and white monster portraits, Zar’s dark zombie tableaus, Olivas’s gentle-eyed creatures and Peters’s sideshow misfits. Masks are highly prevalent in each artist’s work both illustrating the ritual objects of theatre and the expressive power of concealment.

Toronto International Art Fair 2010

Toronto International Art Fair 2010

We are eager to announce our attendance once again at the Toronto International Art Fair taking place October 29th to November 1st 2010.  This year, we'll be presenting exclusive work of international artists such as El Mac, 123Klan, Cope2, Other, Omen, Shepard Fairey (OBEY), Blek Le Rat, Pose, Push, Retna and Revok as well as major work by Jean Paul Riopelle, Fernand Leduc, Marcel C. Barbeau, Serge Lemoyne and Ron Martin among others.

Will Rise - The Seventh Letter

Will Rise - The Seventh Letter

On Wednesday Sept 1st 2010, Yves Laroche Galerie d'art will be presenting The Seventh Letter Crew’s first Canadian group exhibition entitled Will Rise, held in conjunction with Norm AWR & Basta! Eponymously named after the 7th letter in the alphabet, these 'Gods of Graffiti’ represent one of the world’s most inspired, racially diverse and prolific graffiti crew ever assembled. Yves Laroche Galerie d'art will be showing new and exclusive works by six of the most influential members of the collective: REVOK, PUSH, NORM, POSE, REYES and RETNA.

Los Angeles based, The Seventh Letter is an institution born from street culture and taking form as iconic graffiti-based visuals and street references. Moreso, The Seventh Letter is a movement comprised of an army of artists with roots in graffiti and beyond; including fine art, tattooing, graphic design, sculpture and music. Demonstrating a consistent pride in their craft and foresight for future generations of young and upcoming artists, Yves Laroche Galerie d'art is proud to commemorate this visual representation of unique individuals.

Looking East - San Francisco meets Montreal

Looking East - San Francisco meets Montreal

Looking East group exhibition embodies the coming together of two prominent contemporary art galleries. In this East vs West pairing, The White Walls/ Shooting Gallery from San Francisco was a natural choice as the gallery is known for its diverse culture and history. Looking East will showcase artists of the future art generation and new art movements of Urban Contemporary and Pop Surrealism. Looking East will feature the work of internationally successful artists such as Kevin Cyr, Greg Gossell, Aaron Nagel, Morgan Slade, Mike Shine, AJ Fozik, Shepard Fairey, Clayton Brothers, Hush, Ron English and much more.

Owner of Shooting Gallery, White Walls, Gallery Three, D.D.Arts as well as a publishing company, Justin Giarla started collecting art at 23 and has since amassed over 400 pieces of art in his own collection. Giarlia will present a group exhibition featuring the work of internationally successful artists such as Kevin Cyr, Greg Gossell, Aaron Nagel, Morgan Slade, Mike Shine, AJ Fozik, Shepard Fairey, Clayton Brothers, Hush, Ron English and much more.

Openings

Openings

Sacred Machine, Daniel Martin Diaz’s solo exhibition, is a milestone that represents the " rst Canadian showing of this artist’s transcendent and iconographic art. A mélange of ancient and contemporary, part religious icon, part emotionally laden and sorrowful lament, Diaz’s work features gentle-eyed Christs and beautiful Madonnas all appearing in bleak barren landscapes.

Born and raised in Tucson, AZ, Diaz grew up in a traditional Mexican catholic family and was immersed in the passionate imagery of his religion. Visionary artist, he has been painting professionally for almost 10 years and has already made a name for himself in the contemporary art world. He has taken part in many solo and group exhibitions on an international level in well established American galleries and museums. This will be Diaz’s first solo exhibition in Canada at YL.
 

YL @ PAPIER10

YL @ PAPIER10

C’est avec un immense plaisir que nous vous annonçons qu’Yves Laroche Galerie d’art prendra part à la foire Papier10 organisée par l’AGAC, Association des galeries d’art contemporain, qui aura lieu du vendredi 16 au dimanche 18 avril 2010. Pour notre première présence à la foire, nous présenterons des oeuvres de Marcel Barbeau, Jean Paul Riopelle, Serge Lemoyne, de même que Jon Todd, Martin Wittfooth, Dave Cooper, Jean ‘’ Turf One’’ Labourdette, Jonathan Bergeron, Omen et Daniel Martin Diaz.
 

Turf One: Paris exhibition/ HEY! mag launch

Turf One: Paris exhibition/ HEY! mag launch

Hey! magazine is an all new platform for a predominantly urban graphic artistic vision: a veritable trend book for this global movement. The content is informed, current yet perennial and designed for collectors, art lovers and the curious. It is also a source of inspiration for artists in their perpetual search for material. The bilingual presentation focuses more on
image than text, thus it has prepared a unique position for itself in Europe!

To celebrate the release of HEY!, the brand new artistic publication, Halle Saint Pierre museum in Paris will host the work of the artists appearing in the magazine’s first issue

Opening- Thursday March 11th 2010
6:30 pm
Halle Saint Pierre
2, rue Ronsard - 75018 Paris
M° : Anvers, Abbesses

Aqua Art Miami 2009

Aqua Art Miami 2009

Galerie d’art Yves Laroche, in collaboration with Murphy Fine Arts,  will join an exclusive selection of more than 250 leading art galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa exhibiting 20th and 21st century artworks by over 2,000 artists during the prestigious international art fair Art Basel Miami Beach. Galerie d’art Yves Laroche will showcase exclusive works from their impressive roster of artists at Aqua Art Miami 2009.

We will be showing some of the most important emerging and established contemporary artists of today, as well as previewing a selection of upcoming artist  from the gallery’s rich calendar for 2010.  AQUA will be featuring the most recent artworks by Dave Cooper, Turf One, Shawn Barber, Lola, Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, Martin Wittfooth, Gene Pendon, Omen, Jon Todd, Other, Jonathan Bergeron, Chris Ryniak, Daniel Martin Diaz, Jeff McMillan, Zilon and many more.

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Preview Brunch* (VIP & Press Preview):
Thursday morning, December 3, 10am - 1pm

Gen Art Vanguard Official Party**:
Thursday evening, December 3, 8pm-11pm+

general public hours:
Thursday, December 3: 1pm - 7pm
Friday, December 4: 11am - 7pm
Saturday, December 5: 11am - 7pm (possible extended hours for Gallery Walk)
Sunday, December 6: 11am - 4pm

Aqua Art Miami (Wynwood)
42 NE 25th St. Miami FL 33137 (at N Miami Ave)

Toronto International Art Fair 09

Toronto International Art Fair 09

We are eager to announce our attendance at the Toronto International Art Fair taking place October 22nd - 26th 2009. Founded in 2000, the TIAF is one of the most successful art fairs in North America.  This is your one and only chance to take the pulse of contemporary art on a international level, and to get a preview of the gallery’s upcoming exhibitions and artists.

The opening night will take place on Thursday October 22nd at 6:30. You are cordially invited to meet us.  The opening night will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West, North Building, Exhibit Hall A & B , Booth # 238.

Here’s the link for the Toronto International Art Fair http://www.tiafair.com/

Life Size- Shawn Barber & Turf One

Life Size- Shawn Barber & Turf One

Galerie d’art Yves Laroche has been eager to present “Life Size”, a two person exhibition featuring the work of American artist Shawn Barber and Paris-native, Turf One (Jean Labourdette). Supported by each of these artist’s individualistic approach to portraiture, Life Size will be taking us through a refined collection of paintings documenting some of today’s most interesting personalities.

In association with Art Tattoo Montreal 2009, all are invited to the opening, scheduled for Wednesday, September 2nd 2009 from 6-9 pm at Galerie d’art Yves Laroche. Sounds by Speakerbruiser Rob (Megasoid/ex-Sixtoo). Both artists will be present.

Jonathan Bergeron & Chris Ryniak : Gardens of Misfortune

Jonathan Bergeron & Chris Ryniak : Gardens of Misfortune

Galerie Yves Laroche proudly presents Gardens of Misfortune, a collection of work by American artist Chris Ryniak and Montreal native Jonathan Bergeron (Johnny Crap). Portrayed in a series of paintings and drawings is Ryniak and Bergeron’s unique vision; a netherworld of unearthly creatures emerging from misfortunate places. All are welcome to the opening on Wednesday, July 29th 2009 from 6 to 9 pm.

Babylon

Babylon

Proudly celebrating Jon Todd and Martin Wittfooth’s fifth year at Galerie d’art Yves Laroche, Babylon marks the arrival of their most anticipated body of work yet. Babylon is an insightful yet eerie projection into the current human condition through a series of independent and collaborative paintings, drawings and installations.

Together, Todd and Wittfooth unite for Babylon to draw a parallel to the modern world, exploring mankind’s arrogance and attempted dominion over the natural realm, conflict amongst societies as well as the perplexity of identity. Both artists’ international acclaim is attributed to a remarkable evolution in craftsmanship and stylistic development.

Transforming into a post-apocalyptic netherworld, all are welcome to Babylon’s inauguration on Wednesday, June 17, from 6 to 9 pm, and on view until June 28th 2009.

Gen Art's VANGUARD: New Contemporary Art Fair during Art Basel

Gen Art's VANGUARD: New Contemporary Art Fair during Art Basel

Galerie d’art Yves Laroche is set to mark another chapter as the leading Canadian representative of pop surrealist/underground art at the Vanguard Gen Art Fair for Miami’s Art Basel 2009. You are invited to view the work to be exhibited from December 4th until the 7th at the Gen Art Fair.

VANGUARD OFFICIAL PARTY
Friday, December 5th
8 p.m. - 12 a.m.

FAIR DATES AND HOURS
Dec. 4, 2008:
VIP and Press Preview: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Public Reception: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Dec. 5, 2008:
General Admission: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Gen Art Official Party: 8 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Dec. 6, 2008:
General Admission: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Dec. 7, 2008:
General Admission: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Charcoal Studios
2135 NW 1st Avenue
Miami, FL 33127
Wynwood Arts District

Omen : So Low

Omen : So Low

Typically found on the walls, doors, bins and bridges that make up the streets of our native city of Montreal, So Low is the long awaited solo exhibition by graffiti artist Omen. Conveniently coinciding with the season of spirits, the exhibition brings together the public and private in an intimate showcase of work by a fine artist who is reknown for using the urban landscape as his canvas.

Having exhibited internationally, Montreal based Omen works under a genre he calls Aerosolism. “People can’t seem to separate aerosol from graffiti and this makes a lot of legitimate artists suffer while collectors miss out on a supremely original form of expression,” says Omen. While most artists in the graffiti scene were painting the bold and the bright, the auto-didactic artist has developed a unique style and continuous series of portraits, namely of skulls and dark brooding faces.

Playing with a wide range of materials, Omen has applied the use of aerosol, ink, and found objects in his latest series of grimacing silhouettes and mastered shadowplay. His work symbolizes memories of lost yet isolated moments while simultaneously transcending society’s typical definitions of genres through a wide range of fine art techniques and themes. A chosen work in the exhibition will be raffled at the end of the evening. Why? He explains: “One of the main reasons I chose graffiti over conventional
art was that I don’t believe that money should limit your art experience.”

What we get is a series quasi-abstract faces emerging from the depths of mural sized canvasses, small scale ink pieces and traditional Eau Forte prints in context with highly detailed spray painted surfaces. Posters and prints will also be available for purchase, including a limited edition run of the So Low’s original flyer artwork. With a grimey soundtrack provided by DJ Poontz, all are welcome to the opening on Wednesday, October 29th , will be at galerie d’art Yves Laroche, from 6 to 9 pm. The exhibition runs through November 9th 2008.

Blood Royale

Blood Royale

Ink has an undeniable permanence: it is a marking which states declaration of the imagination…whether painted on canvas or penetrated into skin. As an affirmation of identity, an indication of memory or even a definition of personal style, the tattoo and its subculture has never been more prominent. Simultaneously iconoclastic and yet faithful to tradition, its presence as a time-honored art form is thriving. Featuring multi disciplinary works by over thirty notable international tattoo artists, Blood Royale is a dedication to those featured in this exhibition.

Sweet Calaveras

Sweet Calaveras

All are invited to the opening this Halloween, where tombstones will be turned in for tableaus of otherworld dimensions, spooks replaced by the sweetest of skulls and zombies for brushstrokes of color.

Inspired by ’s traditional Day of the Dead, invited international artists were asked to reinterpret the theme of life and death onto their chosen medium.

Ron English and Van Arno : Autres Bizarreries

Ron English and Van Arno : Autres Bizarreries

Galerie d’Art Yves Laroche is proud to present Autres Bizarreries, an exhibition featuring selected works by internationally acclaimed artists Ron English and Van Arno.

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