François Dubeau // Canada

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François Dubeau’s work is a delightful paradox. Combining traditional techniques with the most modern of digital tools, François explores the simplest form of expression: black lines on a white background. His artistic exploration is one of simplicity, striving for the elemental.

Going back to the most instinctual of basics, his work suggests a “modern cave painting”, exploring themes and forms that have inhabited humankind’s psyche since the dawn of time. The strict use of black and white 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, François’ work is as timeless as it is thoroughly modern. Using a digital stylus, he 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 he is satisfied with the end result. Once a drawing is complete, it is transferred to paper or canvas. For his canvas work, François picks-up traditional paints and brushes to create unique free-flowing pieces with exceptional depth and movement.

François’ 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.

François Dubeau’s work has been featured in several major shows, including the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival, The Dirty Show ( Detroit and Los Angeles), Unclad ( Portland, Oregon) and the Erotic Heritage Museum ( Las Vegas, Nevada). His work is also part of the Permanent Collections of the Exodus Trust and of the Kinsey Institute. François’ work has been shown in several publications such as Erotic Signature and Hors Série Décoration.

His work has also been exhibited in several galeries worldwide, including Art@Large ( New York), Gallery by the Bay ( Stanwood, Washington), Laura Henkel Fine Arts ( Las Vegas), La maison Blanche ( Montreal, Canada), and Sin City Gallery ( Las Vegas).

Shows

Sin City Gallery ( Las Vegas, Nevada)
December 2010 – January 2011 – « RETROspect » Group Show

Circuit des arts Memphrémagog (Magog, Québec) – Artist’s Workshop Open House
July 2010

Laura Henkel Fine Arts ( Las Vegas, Nevada)
April-June 2010 – « Heavy Petting », Solo Show

Laura Henkel Fine Arts ( Las Vegas, Nevada)
December 2009 and January 2010 – « A Delightful Paradox », Solo Show

La maison Blanche (Saint-Lambert, Québec)
Since November 2009

Dirty Show L.A. Motel Exhibition ( Los Angeles, Californie)
November 2009

Laura Henkel Fine Arts ( Las Vegas, Nevada)
September and October 2009 – Solo Show

Circuit des arts Memphrémagog (Magog, Québec) – Artist’s Workshop Open House
July 2009

Las Vegas Art Studio ( Las Vegas, Nevada)
June 2009 – Solo Show

Erotic Heritage Museum ( Las Vegas, Nevada)
Since August 2008

Gallery By The Bay ( Stanwood, Washington)
Summer 2008

Unclad 2008 ( Stanwood, Washington)
March 2008

The Dirty Show IX ( Detroit, Michigan)
February 2008

Kinsey Institute 2007 Juried Art Show ( Indiana University)
April-July 2007

Unclad 2007 ( Portland, Oregon)
April 2007

Unclad 2007 ( Stanwood, Washington)
March 2007

The Dirty Show VIII ( Detroit, Michigan)
February 2007

Art @ Large’s « Hot At Large » Group Show ( New York)
July-August 2006

Art @ Large’s « Going Underground » Group Show ( New York)
June 2006

Seattle Erotic Art Festival 2006 ( Seattle, Washington)
March 2006

Galerie Clair obscur (Montréal, Québec)
October 2005

Honors et distinctions

Honorable Mention – Art @ Large’s « Going Underground » Group Show ( New York) – June 2006

2nd Place, Public’s Choice – Seattle Erotic Art Festival 2006 ( Seattle, Washington) – March 2006

Private Collections

Kinsey Institute Permanent Collection ( Indiana University)

Exodus Trust Permanent Collection – Erotic Heritage Museum ( Las Vegas, Nevada)

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