Martineau roams the streets of Montreal and the highways of Quebec, gleaning abandoned objects that inspire him. Stray wheel caps, umbrellas, toboggans and other discarded articles feed the artist’s whimsy. He then creates expansive tableaux through the aggregation of these objects and painting. A daily practice of automatic and spontaneous drawing complements his creative process. Everything is scribbled, traced, or written at a single go, with whatever implements are lying around, such as pencils, crayons, markers, coffee, and inks.
Erstwhile professional athlete Olivier Martineau has been fully devoting himself to creative pursuits for the past 10 years, as a sculptor, draughtsman, painter, performer and author. Under award-winning artist and designer Tibor Timar's instruction, Martineau began to work various recycled metals. Over time, he began incorporating reclaimed wood which he learned to handle through trial and error. A multidisciplinary and self-taught artist, the unclassifiable Olivier Martineau started out building design objects. Furniture design quickly sparked an interest in sculpture, and Martineau began creating expansive zoomorphic pieces. Today, he benefits from a great reputation for his outstanding designs. Martineau and fellow artist Claude Lessard founded Unis Vert L'art in 2008, a collective committed to presenting and creating artwork made from recycled or repurposed materials, and to the exhibiting art in novel spaces. Together they organized an on-site large-scale exhibition of over 30 artworks made from 7 tonnes of copper comprising the old roof of the Fairmont Frontenac Chateau. This project also spawned a creative collaboration with Gilles Vigneault, who penned Le Compte de Bic for an object-book designed by Martineau. Since 2016, Martineau has published two books, You Are an Illusion, and a second eponymous title. He is also a member of the Rollerboyz collective, and acts as a singer-songwriter, performing under the stage name Cobra.
The vernissage will be held on Thursday, March 23rd, as of 5 PM.