"Vertical Transparent Rocks"
David Langevin, "Vertical Transparent Rocks," 2005, acrylic on canvas, 60" x 40".
May 13 - 29, 2005, Alicat Gallery, Bragg Creek, AB.
Opens June 18, 2005, Pacif'ic Gallery, Saskatoon, SK.
By Jill Sawyer
In 1992, David Langevin moved to Kamloops for art. Born and raised in Quebec, he had studied art education at McGill, finished a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Ottawa, and had been teaching and painting landscapes and figures. A friend told him his landscapes didn’t look like anything found in la belle province, but instead captured the expansiveness of the west. Langevin took that as a sign and decamped to central BC, where he’s been painting full time since 1994. He works backwards, first imagining a setting, then going out driving or hiking looking for the space, the sky, the trees, the colours that he’s seen in his head. His landscapes capture a keen sense of place, from the harsh coast of Tofino to the spare, arid grasslands of Kamloops, to the soaring fir trees of the BC Rockies. In all of it, he works with a depth of light that reflects his early training in Baroque technique. Langevin has also gone back to figurative painting, producing a cache of dramatic oils, drawings, and studies. But the landscapes still occupy most of his time, now with a focus on foreboding skies and lots of texture. “I’m thinking ‘big’” he says.
Represented by: Alicat Gallery, Bragg Creek, AB; West End Gallery, Edmonton, Victoria; Hampton Gallery, Kamloops, BC; White Rock Gallery, White Rock, BC; Adele Campbell Gallery, Whistler, BC; Pacif’ic Gallery, Saskatoon; Birchwood Gallery, Yellowknife.