“It’s the uncertainty that charms. A mist makes things wonderful and mysterious.” – Oscar Wilde, author
Oh my goodness! The painter expresses such high sensitivity by recurring to the vaporous contours of sfumato; a technique that goes as far back as Leonardo Da Vinci, which forces the spectator to take a step back, admire and internalize the essence of the work. Rarely used in contemporary art, sfumato is a mode of colour blending which procures a vaporous, even smoky, effect where the subject’s contours are evoked rather than delineated, as through a veil of diffused and blurred lights.
Text by Michel Bois
Alexi-Martin Courtemanche is represented by: La galerie d’art du Château Frontenac, Québec; La galerie d’art Courtemanche, Magog; The artist can be reached via his website to arrange for a visit of his studio/gallery: www.aleximartin.com