"Mystere en Fleurs"
Michel Leroux, "Mystere en Fleurs," 48" x 36".
Art Mode Gallery, Calgary
By Wes Lafortune
The distinct style of Quebec-based landscape painter Michel LeRoux will be showcased this fall at Calgary’s Art Mode Gallery. Leroux began as a letterer, following his family’s vocation of sign-making before pursuing a career as a full-time artist. A teacher at the Montreal Institute of Graphic Arts in the 1970s, LeRoux also worked in advertising design. Known for his colourful landscapes, the Canadian wilderness dominates his canvases. “I have chosen to paint the plant world which, like any other subject matter, may fit into a contemporary trend,” says LeRoux. “In my opinion, its most powerful pictorial quality has been underestimated — its relation to human beings.” Using a post-Impressionist style, Leroux has brought a unique vision to landscape painting. Observing a Leroux painting, says Art Mode director Yvan Filion, the word that most often comes up is serenity. “Even if the painting is of a cascading waterfall, it’s peaceful.”
Represented by: Art Mode Gallery, Calgary and Ottawa; Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery, Whistler; Galerie Michel Bigue, St-Sauveur, QC.