ARTisSpectrum Vol. 31, May 2014 - page 12

ARTisSpectrum | Volume 31 |
he abstract expressionistic paintings of Canadian artist
Pierre Leclerc
have been described as “instinctive… almost
trancelike,” and indeed there is an intense, primal rawness of
emotion and human experience infused into every canvas.
In each painting, color makes a major impact, evoking an
almost visceral response in the viewer. Forms are organic
and dynamic, creating compositions full of a great sense of
vibrancy and movement. Whether painting in oil or acrylic,
Leclerc lays his kaleidoscopes of colors down thickly, adding
texture and depth to each piece.
Interestingly, Leclerc is mostly drawn to depicting the emotion
of tragic events in his work, using the artistic medium to
reflect on the powerful experiences of distress, grief,
volatility, human sorrow, and great calamity. Much of his artistic inspiration comes from such artists as Jackson Pollock,
whose paintings were driven by deep emotions and execution without any constraints. Likewise, within Leclerc’s work
each brushstroke becomes a powerful, potent force, a gestural mark that connects directly to the archetypes of tragedy,
human turmoil (including that surrounding the environment, money, and power), and the chaos created both by natural
and manmade disaster.
Above all, Leclerc aims for his abstract pieces to be a passionate and emotionally charged expression of inner sensitivity
and empathy, able to reach into the heart of the viewer’s own personal experience. Leclerc believes that as humans it will
always be sadness that affects us more profoundly than happiness, and his paintings reflect this. However, he feels that it is
important for us to look closely at this, to look deeply into the sadness and tragedies he reacts to in his art and those in our
own lives and see how they can be transformed and healed. In that way, we can all begin to make a difference in this world.
Pierre Leclerc
Evening Tenderness Acrylic on Canvas 60” x 30”
Pierre Leclerc
Champs-Élysées Acrylic on Canvas 48” x 48”
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