I love art. Everyone has a secret desire to be an artist. Admit it. To be an artist is to live creatively, to live life freely. I started out as an artist, I went to Art High School and Art College. I had shows in New York , Los Angeles and Toronto.
Everyone Loves Banksy, he is a very clever man, Did you see the film Exit Through the Gift Shop? Banksy made it about Mr. Brainwash. This is not about street art but about an artist who does amazing work.
this is a promotional ART Blogpost.
Mr. Bitumen 2012 Painting
Napoleon Brouseau’s talents are enormous. He lived in New York years ago and knew Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol. He met Frederico Fellini, worked on the Pee Wee Herman TV show building props. He was an art director at Area Nightclub for some time.
Napoleon has paint in his veins. He is the real deal, he has lived the artists life fully and has wonderful and funny stories to tell. He should have been killed about five times already and survived because he has a destiny as an artist to keep creating to keep bringing his soul into manifestation. It takes tenacity to really live like a true artist. Plus he is that very rare artist who is also a nice guy.
His talents are vast and deep, he is always pushing his own edge. Collector’s need to find him, because his time is NOW>
At the opening of this show other artists and gallerists were exclaiming that each painting was museum quality.
So get up to Toronto Canada asap the show runs till December 8 2012
They really need to be seen as the layers of surface are scintillating. They are like modern Rembrandt portraits. Really!
Yes the Frida Kahlo show is on at the Art Gallery of Ontario, she is my female art heroine. Napoleon is my art hero.
Trance paintings memory idol portraits
Lincoln, Jesus, Mister Bitumen
NAPOLEON BROUSSEAU @ THE ROBERT KANANAJ GALLERY
1267 Bloor Street West, Toronto
416 289 8855 email@example.com
“Returning: Le Fantôme de la Mémoire”
November 8 – December 8 2012
A series of 19 portrait paintings of apparitions
from the imaginal realms
inspired by Walt Whitman’s poem “Eidolons”
I met a seer,
Passing the hues and objects of the world,
The fields of art and learning, pleasure, sense,
To glean eidolons.
Meet Mr. Bitumen
The poster boy for the show, Mr. B. appears from a dream dimension of his own, portrayed as a bulbous reflective death mask floating ominously over a ghostly Michael Jackson skull. Mister Bitumen is the phantom of future passed inspired by the environmental damage caused by the Alberta Tar Sands.
Each portrait contains a powerful presence and reveals its’ subjects’ own idiosyncratic essence. Brousseau spent several years painting in what he calls trance and meditation states stalking these eidolons and phantoms that he has pinned down in his paintings.
There is the eidolon of Jesus Christ; in another, Abraham Lincoln appears and disappears through a chain link fence, the dividing poverty line. Other portraits are of beings from realms unknown. They appear to be looking curiously at the viewer, pushing forward from their space, trying to enter into our dimension.
Brousseau created the works through a long meditative process. The painting are created using his own applied techniques. He used many types of hand cut rollers with repeated images and applies multiple layers of paint to find the ghostly images. Once they reveal themselves, they are sealed in epoxy. The painting surface, is ground down then he rolls, grinds and brushes over and over in layers in search of more details. It’s like an archaeological dig.
Each painting is a dazzling show stopper. These beguiling phantoms and memories enchant the viewer, leaving an indelible impression.
Napoleon Brousseau is well known in Toronto for his giant ant sculptures that adorn the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art in Toronto and The Cameron House, a famous local art bar. Brousseau continuously produces astonishing new bodies of work in various mediums. He explores many themes -gender, politics, eroticism, and nature. His works always confronts the viewer with his distinctive perspective of seeing the world.
For the last seven years Brousseau has been the Art Director for his new media eco fundraising project “SEED”, which transforms cell phones into interactive artist tools. The public co-creates virtual trees with their phones which directly contributes funds to planting real trees in urban settings. Seed has been presented at the Winter Olympics 2010, Canada, the U.S., China, Australia and at The McMichael Art Gallery in Kleinburg 2012. A dedicated artist, he is a world traveller and is producing several books from his drawings of exotic explorations.
See more of the artist’s works @ website – http://www.napob.com
This is a must see show, the small Bloor Street West gallery barely can contain the energy and the presence of the work.
GALLERY HOURS: TUESDAY TO SATURDAY 11 AM TO 6 PM
THE ARTIST WILL BE PRESENT SATURDAYS 2:00- 6:00 pm
Nov. 10, 17, 24 Dec 1 and Dec 8 closing event