"Le Cafe Java" by Gilles Labranche
A Limited Edition Giclee on Paper
Paper size: 29 x 25
Image size: 24 x 20
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HISTORY & BACKGROUND
Gilles Labranche started by painting his own neighbourhood of Saint-Henri, then other areas of Montreal, before expanding his horizons to include other regions and towns in Quebec.He paints in an abstract as well as a naive style. Labranche has long been recognized as a winter painter.He used to paint snowstorms, with their mixture of violence and peacefulness - the howling wind, the falling snow, the pedestrians battling the elements as they struggle to reach their destination.Now he paints exteriors and facades - houses, stores, restaurants, boutiques, sidewalk cafes.His paintings are extremely precise. His brick and stone houses are bathed in a shimmering light that brings out the warm colours associated with nature in the fall.Under the glow of this light, Gilles Labranche makes the brick and stone, even the wood of the windows and doors, literally vibrate by playing with shadows to give depth and relief."Right now I play a lot with shadows and light.I paint the atmosphere and feelings that the stone and brick evoke."
In his paintings, he recreates the early morning atmosphere of inner-city neighbourhoods, when everyone is still sleeping and the streets are desert.He seems to capture that brief and unique moment when time is microcosm and even though each house contributes to the overall urban scene, none loses its individuality.