Who: David Langevin Evening Skies
Where: Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery
When: Saturday, March 19, 5-9 p.m.
The Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery welcomes back painter David Langevin this Saturday evening with a new collection of oil and acrylic works compiled under the title Evening Skies.
This year marks the artists 10 th anniversary with Adele Campbell. In that time, Whistler gallery gazers have fallen head over heels in love with Langevin.
His rugged wilderness landscapes are popular, but even more so are his world-weary tree portraits on backgrounds as warm as melted butter. In the case of two specific works from Evening Skies on backgrounds of "caramel", and of "butterscotch."
The world may be sweet but Langevins trees can be endearingly sour.
Its not the proud Ansel Adams-esque poster children that capture the painters imagination. Rather its the downtrodden of the forest, the droopy-branched, the crooked. Hypothetically represented by Hollywood casting, Langevins subjects are more Steve Buscemi than Brad Pitt.
Langevin has delved even further into tree empathy with his latest crop of paintings, capturing his subjects in all their scraggly beauty and giving voice to their concerns through titles such as I think Im Losing Weight and Do You Still Need Me?
Langevin confirms his tree works are indeed becoming more and more animated. The title has become a handy tool of expression.
"I imagine what its feeling or what its doing in that situation if its cold or if its lost too many branches. If its a coniferous tree crowded by deciduous trees and it feels trapped," he said.
"Im into the underdog. I like to paint trees that have some character to them. The straight tall perfect tree that has even branches on both sides is not that interesting to paint. Usually the trees I end up painting, theyve had a hard time of it."
A classically trained artist, Langevin left Eastern Canada 12 years ago, venturing west in search of hotter, dryer weather. He couldnt have done any better in that regard than Kamloops, B.C. where he settled and currently maintains a studio.
Langevin will be in attendance at the reception for Evening Skies taking place in the gallery on Saturday, March 19, 5-9 p.m. The event will feature catering and live acoustic guitar by Whistlers Josh Suhrheinrich. For more information call 604-938-0887.