Born in Arvida, Quebec, Chris Charlebois has spent most of his life in British Columbia. He attended the Vancouver School of Art and his painting instructors were Don Jarvis and Bruce Boyd. Since then his paintings have been collected by numerous private and corporate collectors.
Inspired by the west coast environment his work is evolving into a kind of a nature based abstraction. Charlebois believes that his work must be an honest investigation and at times uses a sketch or photo only as a brief reference. But the original impression in the mind’s eye is always more truthful.
He seeks the beauty in nature that is constant and found everywhere, even in a clump of grass by the roadside or a non-descript bush near a ditch. Charlebois says there seems to be a point of departure where the painting ceases to be simply a copy of the subject but takes on a meaning and importance as itself.
“I cannot compete with nature, but I can attempt to add to it.”
“Elaborate and deliberate, the artwork of Chris Charlebois builds layers upon layers of paint to reveal a landscape. The artist relies on the illusion of his composition to suggest the subjects in his paintings, like the branches of a tree; Charlebois doesn’t fully render each tree branch, instead he uses many quick strokes of paint to suggest his intention and once from a distance, the viewers can fully read the subject. From up close, the viewer can feast on the intricate execution of the artist’s artwork as every aspect is densely packed with abstracted colour and texture."
by Maria Argueta.
OPENING RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST IN ATTENDANCE IS ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18th, FROM 2 TO 4 PM.