Luc Bernard

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Biography

Encaustic painting is an ancient medium in which pigment is applied in layers of melted wax. It can be a floating veil, gauzy and satin smooth, or, it can be something infinitely more primal, ropey as a lava flow — just as it is in my landscape images.

I create with a mantle of encaustic so thick that it takes on the quality of sculpture, as if the landscapes have only just erupted, half molten from the earth’s core and are even now solidifying in thick, swirling eddies. You feel tectonic forces at work, in these corroded landscapes of iodine and angry orange — forest vistas abraded to the point of erasure, glowering with pin pricks of colour where some older, hotter intention shows through; or clouds of ash and steam and showers of sparks against vermilion skies, like a glimpse into Vulcan’s forge.

Even the more settled landscapes — a view of dusk-dark trees along a river’s back water, for instance, or, an estuary reaching to a line of barrier islands and the distant sea beyond — writhe beneath a quilted blanket of wax. In my encaustics, the physical act of painting may be finished, but the recorded movement of arm and brush hovers, as if still ongoing. Skies well up and pool, like the great arcs of liquid that they are; water surfaces scud beneath unseen breezes; and veils of texture pour down with a liveliness that pigment alone, with its opaque nature cannot duplicate.

With my painting I try to say something about the ephemeral, capturing a moment of observation. What fascinates me most about nature is that it is never static, and that any single instant, well described, can embody so many human emotions. And that every observed moment is trembling on the cusp of becoming something else.

EDUCATION

Royal Military College of Kingston, Commerce Degree
Ontario College of Art and Design – Sculpting and Encaustic

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016    Heather James Fine Art, Palm Springs
2015    Keystone Gallery, Los Angeles
2014    Hinge Parallel, Los Angeles
2013    Keystone Studios, Los Angeles
2009    ESCC Parker Studios, Vancouver
2007   Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON
2005   Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON

DUAL EXHIBITIONS

2009 Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver
2008 Wallace Galleries, Calgary

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015   Wallace Galleries, Calgary
2014    Heather James Fine Art, Jacskon Hole
            Heather James Fine Art, Palm Desert
2013    Wallace Galleries, Calgary
2012    Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert
2011    Palm Springs Art Museum
           Wallace Galleries, Calgary
           Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton
2009   Summer Love, Elliot Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2008   Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2008   Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
2008   View Art Gallery, Victoria, BC
2007   Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2007   Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton, AB  
2007   Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
2006   Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON
2004   Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON

COLLECTIONS

The Comweb Group, Toronto      
Entertainment Partners, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Copenhagen, Paris, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and Portland
FirstEnergy, Calgary
Entertainment Partners, Los Angeles

numerous private collections in: Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Copenhagen, St. Petersburg, Paris, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles. Palm Springs, and Portland.
 

PUBLICATIONS

2016    Wall Street Journal
2013   Desert OutLook
2012   Colliding Worlds; Webcast Interview
2009   Vancouver Magazine; The Price of Fame; Up-and-comers
2008   Style At Home
2008   Vancouver Magazine; Artists that should be on your radar   
2007   Art Avenue November; Front cover illustration

AWARDS

2007   Federation of Canadian Artists Grand Prize Award
2007   Toronto International Art Fair

REPRESENTATION

Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON
Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton, AB
Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
View Art Gallery, Victoria, BC

FAIRS

Palm Springs Fine Art Fair 2015
Palm Springs Fine Art Fair 2013
Palm Springs Fine Art Fair 2013
Toronto International Art Fair 2007

Artist

Luc Bernard

Price range: $450-$2850