Louis-Bernard St-Jean 2016 Walnut oil on Belgian linen canvas 34" x 48" x 2.5" (86 x 122 x 6.5 cm)
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With its titletaking up that of a song by Michel Rivard, loosely translating to "I long to view the sea”, this piece reflects of an heartfelt longing for a summer vacation, to flee towards the sea and feel the sun and the white sand, feet bathing in saltwater alongside the seashells and urchins…
In his song, Rivard recalls and describes vividly the sea calling to him, of his heartfelt desire and longing for an overdue summer vacation, wishing to escape the dark grey city full of livid people, and flee towards the east coast.
Starting from this perspective, I attempted to recreate an abstracted impressionistic representation of this longing by recreating within the texture the patterns of key elements typically found on beaches such as various seashells, shellfish and sea urchins, the rhythmic waves of the sea crashing on the beach, the wavy stripes of the white sand formed by the wind under the sun, and incorporating all these elements as one unified composition that would appeal to all senses and further help to pull the viewer into the piece's thematic.