Male figures posed in dreamlike contemplation. Surreal backgrounds that recall the reality-bending visual elements of both Salvador Dalí and Terry Gilliam’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. This is the work of Montreal-based painter Bruno Leydet. “My art is not about everyday life,” says the NYU grad. “It’s about the painting itself and beauty.”
Leydet’s quest for a defining style spanned years and continents, from Mexico to Paris, and grew roots from the influence of experimental filmmaker Kenneth Anger and expressionist painter Alice Neel. The result? A collection of kitsch-inspired acrylic-on-canvas paintings centred on homoerotic portraiture, a narrative about gay identities. Following appearances at Galerie Youn in Montreal’s Mile End neighbourhood last year, Leydet has positioned himself as one to watch in the domain of contemporary art.
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