Louis-Seize’s recent paintings are fresh, lush explorations about our idealization of nature. They raise questions about nostalgic representations of landscape and our increasing distance from the natural world. His unique and moody landscapes are created using interesting combinations of materials (liquid metal, tar, acid, acrylic paint and resin). Louis-Seize has done large scale commissioned work in Toronto and New York and is in private and corporate collections in the United Kingdom, the US, Canada and Europe. Self-taught and Montréal born, he now lives and works in Calgary, Alberta.
Critic Gary Michael Dault, reviewing his work, wrote " But where does Sylvain Louis-Seize fit into all this? In a quite compelling way. Nature may have no imagination, as Baudelaire contends, but in the hands of a painter like Louis-Seize, nature is given a strange, alternate imagination of its own and, at the same time, systematically withstands our own recollections of it. Louis-Seize may not trade in Fauvist colouristic extremes, but his turbulent green golds, his mineralized, heavy-water rivers and waterfalls, his nut-brown, crepuscular trees and forests, are Sylvain inventions, pastoral fabrications, the stuff of insinuating but ultimately irrevocable upheaval: the originality of his work lies in the painter’s having substituted a restless, dissonant, personal poetry for the dependable givens offered by the geographies and topographies of naturalism.
Nobody has ever seen landscapes like the ones Louis-Seize paints. And that is because he paints only the Idea of Landscape. Which is both liberating and disconcerting. How are we to feel at home here? It may be impossible."