“To be a painter means modifying one’s senses. Inverse them so as to see with our fingers and touch with our eyes.” – Thomas H. Cook
Being unaffected by a meeting with master painter Albini Leblanc is near impossible, touched as we unfailingly are by his authenticity towards his artistic pursuit. Encounter with a “monument” who never compromises to please the art market and who willingly opens-up to Magazin’Art about his 40 years unwavering passion.
I first interviewed the man at a time when he was living in a majestic ancestral home ideally located facing the St. Lawrence River in St-Jean de l’Île d’Orléans. His eyes and his paintings then reflected the happiness generated by the scrolling landscapes bordering the river, as much as by the reflective ice patches on the narrow Avenue Royale roadway in winter. For this new tête-à-tête, I am meeting with artist Albini Leblanc in his loft-studio located in the heart of Québec City’s artistic sector. An urban location characterized by ancient and stark factories that have been recycled into artists’ workshops, in short the exact opposite to the island’s rural scenery so close to his heart. A lover of the heritage architecture of small Québecois homes waltzing along side-roads as much as of urban street scenes where sunny rays supersede rain and snow, the nomadic artist always follows his star from which he draws inspiration.
Text by Michel Bois
Images courtesy of Galerie Symbole Art.
Albini Leblanc is represented by:
Galerie Symbole Art, 2770 de Salaberry, Montréal, QC. H3M 1L3 514 336-2332
Galerie Iris, 30 Saint-Jean-Baptiste Street, Baie-Saint-Paul, QC. G3Z 1L9 418 435-5768