Desbiens, Mauril

Born and raised in Quebec, Mauril left his hometown of Chicoutimi to let the sea guide him down the coast of the United States all the way to the Caribbean’s. Later, he settled in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, where he let the artist in him shine and opened his own art gallery. Although he is now back on solid land, the ocean has never completely left his heart, and Mauril’s work can be distinguished by its affiliation with the sea, and a constant concern for authenticity. If before sailing was what defined him, now, his ultimate fulfillment comes from his innate ability to make you visualize what you might not otherwise see.

His inspiration seems to be born in the deep waves, cool winds, the rhythm of the spray, and in the mist that envelope’s your body and heart. Some works are almost monochrome while in others, the color appears as the only motivation. Movements used to make them may be languid, and suddenly the next one is an emotional explosion, that lingers on or ends abruptly. Shaded areas that hold the eye as if to stop time. Creativity should have first place in his work. It must be inexhaustible because it is the soul of the artist. The view of a small boat still moves him, so he must refrain from reducing the boat to its simple reproduction. The work must translate the same vibrations he felt when seeing it for him for to consider it complete.

Mauril’s work begins with chaos; that he puts on the table, on the floor, or on an easel, a canvas softened by several layers of Gesso. He has in hand, oil, acrylic, spatula, with mixtures of all kinds. Just like the Alchemist in search of gold, he makes and unmakes the subject. A sailboat, a wave, or a reef, emerges and then changes until he finds what the painting should be. He will refine the creation for a few hours, a few days and even months. Until the figurative abstraction becomes a work of art.

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