ANDRE ETHIER "UNTITLED" 2007
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- Oil on masonite board
- Signed and dated on reverse
- Float framed: 15 x 12 inches
- Condition: excellent, wear showing on frame
The Artist: Andre Ethier (Canadian, 1977-)
André Ethier lives and works in Toronto. A graduate of Concordia University, he has had numerous solo shows in Canadian and international venues, including Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles; Greener Pastures Contemporary Art, Toronto; Harper’s Apartment, New York; Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami; Skew Gallery, Alberta; Mogadishni CPH, Copenhagen; Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid; Galeria Glance, Torino; and Derek Eller Gallery in New York. His works are in private and museum collections such as the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and have been included in group exhibitions throughout Canada, the United States, Australia, Switzerland, and Germany. Ethier’s works have garnered major international media attention, with reviews in “Frieze”, Artforum, Art in America, Canadian Art, Border Crossings, The Village Voice, The New Yorker, and The Los Angeles Times. He is represented by Derek Eller Gallery and Paul Petro Contemporary Art.
This painting was exhibited in the artist's solo show in 2007 at Greener Pastures Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto. Although, the artist's subject matter has changed over the years, he is still recognized for these "grotesque realism" paintings. He was part of the rock bank, The Deadly Snakes.
The Story: "André Ethier's funny, faux-naïve paintings resemble the works of a self-taught, semi-talented high school stoner steeped in heavy-metal music, fantasy novels and the visionary arts of the French Symbolists. Mr. Ethier, who lives in Toronto and is also a professional musician, paints on easel-size panels in oleaginous glazes, creating an oozy, finger-painting-like luminosity. He makes cartoonish portraits of characters who seem to belong to some timeless ramshackle realm, like a derelict neighborhood in ''The Hobbit.'' Subjects include gnomes; old, cigarette-smoking hippies; a Cyclops whose eye radiates mystical vibes; a bearded fellow in a green wool cap and square-framed sunglasses, eating tuna from the can; and various furry animals. Mr. Ethier also paints luxuriant floral still lifes. In one a lush bouquet grows out of an old boot on a brick floor. In all of these, steamy colors and woozy translucence produce a repulsive, hallucinatory beauty.
The appeal of Mr. Ethier's work is in the tension between lowbrow and highbrow. He's a canny semiotician toying with kitschy craft and romantic signifiers of longing for an earthier and more soulful kind of world. The viewer stretches between opposite states of mind: one conceptually knowing, the other imaginatively tantalized. This is a good deal: you get to have it both ways."
KEN JOHNSON, Art in Review, April 17, 2009, The New York Times, for exhibit with Derek Eller Gallery, NY.
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