Overlapping shapes and patterns -- zebra stripes, polka dots in black, hot pink and turquoise -- jostle for space within the picture plane of this dynamic work by Sylvain Louis-Seize.
"When I look at Sylvain’s paintings I see cues and nods that I know come from hours of 80’s TV (early MusiquePlus/MuchMusic/MTV graphics are all over his work), New Wave pop videos and album covers, nutty Memphis Group furniture, the seminal graphics Patrick Nagel created for the band Duran Duran. And fashion, I see mountains and mountains of crisscrossed, neon dipped, animal and “ethnicity” poached prints, great big loud and party balloon festive fashion. Think Cyndi Lauper wearing nine outfits at once. Think hair metal bands strutting in neon paired with houndstooth weaves. Dr. Huxtable sweaters! Loverboy and Michael Jackson in tomato-red leather. Everything first generation hip-hop. Kathy Acker’s cut-n-paste fiction. And hair styled to look like pagodas.
Every artist steals. That’s the fun part. But few artists steal so cleverly, succinctly. Sylvain pin-drops his sources – those bygone, somewhat mad, keenly emotive colour wheels and fevered fabric swatches – neatly into the mix with tweezers. Sylvain is the DJ, he is what he plays (with apologies to David Bowie, another visual source deluxe)." RM Vaughan, Art Critic
When success came ultimately and suddenly for Sylvain Louis-Seize (b. Montreal, 1968) in 2005, he left a job of 18 years to paint full time. Exhibitions of his rich landscapes sold out to eager collectors. Then just as suddenly, in 2017, Louis-Seize put down his brush - painting having been as much a therapy for him as a livelihood, he sought a new direction in his artwork.
In 2019, after a two year hiatus, Louis-Seize returned to painting in a bold reinvention. His new celebratory paintings merge a minimalist aesthetic with the brash language of street art – paintings that align with those of KAWS or Shepard Fairey, both of whom evolved from street art. Louis-Seize's artwork including large scale commissions are held in private and corporate collections in the UK, the US, Canada and Europe.