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Firmament

Firmament - Sculptural oil painting by Louis-Bernard St-Jean
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Firmament - Sculptural oil painting by Louis-Bernard St-Jean
Firmament - Sculptural oil painting by Louis-Bernard St-Jean
Firmament - Sculptural oil painting by Louis-Bernard St-Jean
Firmament - Sculptural oil painting by Louis-Bernard St-Jean
Artwork-Firmament-on-brick-wall-living-room.jpg
Firmament - Sculptural oil painting by Louis-Bernard St-Jean
Firmament - Sculptural oil painting by Louis-Bernard St-Jean
Firmament - Sculptural oil painting by Louis-Bernard St-Jean
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Firmament

2,400.00

Louis-Bernard St-Jean
2016
Oil on canvas
30" x 40" x 2.5"  (76 x 102 x 6.5 cm)


A very luminous artwork, with a heavier, more prominent texture. 

I made this piece out of an impulse, by sculpting, carving and cutting through heavy chunks of translucent oil paint with a painting knife in powerful determined strokes to build up the relief. With some features protruding over an inch thick above the canvas, this allowed for a subtle composition where the finer, paler glowing areas would alternate with heftier peaks of darker tinted paint. 

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More about this artwork

This piece is an attempt to evoke in an impressionistic manner the lavish and grandiose nature of the immensity of the sky, the luminous flickering of the stars in the depth of the night, these shimmers of light reflecting off the angular peaks give the illusion of stars that seem to appear on different planes, with the peaks' shadows enhancing the illusion of depth almost as if the painting had been carved through the canvas and into the wall itself.

As the viewer moves around the room, those sparkling light reflections gradually increases in brightness, then fade slowly to disappear alternately as the stars in the night sky, allowing him to discern more and more intricate details and inviting the viewer to trace constellations' imaginary lines by following the shades of blue' subtle variations.

Technique

The piece's unique texture is done using a palette knife by tearing up thick layers of oil paint in a vertical pattern similar to vertical slats; this creates a lenticular screen effect that focuses light to the front of the artwork and towards the viewer, increasing the piece's brightness and creating its unusual glow, as if the piece was being lit from behind. Made using only pure oil paint and without the aid of any additional gels or other mediums, there isn't any black either: while the prominent texture may appear darker, I used only translucent tones of blues to allow ambient light to enter through the paint and reflect back on the canvas.