A Twist on Oil Contemporary Portraiture
FOR BEGINNER TO PROFESSIONAL
of all creative backgrounds
September 21-22, 2019
The Visionary Projects is delighted to be hosting the “A Twist on Oil Contemporary Portraiture“ 2-day creative painting workshop with Toronto-based artist Alex Garant.
“Portraiture is something that will never go out of style. From the Egyptian death masks to the modern social media selfie, humans have always wanted to record proof of their existence. Over centuries, artists have used those visual snapshots to develop their own style, Vang Gogh, Klimt and Picasso all specialized in depicting mankind's expressions. During this workshop, Alex Garant will lead some quick exercises to narrow down your own artistic voice and help you pick some visual elements defining your style & brand. From there, we will use those unique principles to inspire a portrait or self-portrait pushing this genre into a new individualistic direction. Alex will demonstrate her distinctive wet-on-wet oil paint technique and timely blending approach. We will also cover some tips on how to promote your new found style as an artist and solidify your brand via social medias. ”
About the Artist
Internationally renown as the Queen of Double Eyes, Alex Garant studied visual arts at Notre-Dame–De-Foy College just outside Quebec City. After graduating in 2001, she ultimately settled in Toronto, Canada. She decided to truly commit to her passion for Arts after suffering from a heart attack in 2012, changing forever how she would see the world.
As a pioneer of Contemporary Figurative Op Art, her oil paintings offer a graphic quality combined with traditional portrait techniques. Garant establishes herself as one of the leaders of analogue Glitch Art by using patterns, duplication of elements, symmetry and image superposition as key elements of her imagery. Her paintings are a reflection on human duality, the battle for self-definition between one's inner self and outer persona.
Represented by galleries in New York, Los Angeles and Australia, her works have also been shown in several museums including the Museum of Art and History (MOAH) in California, the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Arizona, the Honolulu Museum of Art in Hawaii and the Fullerton Museum Center in California. She has been featured in Hi-fructose, Juxtapoz, Beautiful Bizarre, the American Art Collector magazine and on multiple online platforms including VICE, The Huffington Post, Buzznet and many more.