A Delightful Paradox
François Dubeau’s work is a delightful paradox. Combining traditional techniques with the most modern of digital tools, Dubeau explores the simplest form of expression. His artistic exploration is one of simplicity, striving for the elemental.
Dubeau’s work proceeds from a rejection of the growing complexity and rapidly accelerating pace of our modern lives. Going back to the most instinctual of basics, Dubeau’s work suggests a “modern cave painting”, exploring themes and forms that have inhabited humankind’s psyche since the dawn of time. His work is a soothing antidote to the stress, hysteria and flashing lights of the outside world.
Combining the traditional techniques of the engraver, of the illustrator and of the painter, Dubeau’s work is as timeless as it is thoroughly modern. Using a digital stylus, Dubeau explores raw, boundless movement on his virtual canvas, a random gesture always serving as the starting point. A single line often translates into hours of work as a stroke is forever repeated — never twice the same way — until the artist is satisfied with the end result. Once a drawing is complete, it is transferred to paper or canvas. For his canvas work, Dubeau picks-up traditional paints and brushes to create unique free-flowing pieces with exceptional depth and movement.
Dubeau’s mastery of digital tools as a creative medium gives him complete freedom over his work. His combining of traditional and modern techniques allows him to bridge past and present, authenticity and simplicity in a truly unique, original way.