Sopa Fine Arts - Kelowna art gallery

ALAN BOILEAU - statement

Alan Boileau - wood sculpturesMy earliest recollections relating to my desire to create wood bas relief art are as a teenager in an industrial arts class. I happened upon an Italian design magazine that featured several life-sized, raw wood sculptures set in gardens throughout Europe. Inspired by these works done by a group of young artisans and seeing parallels between the sculptures and my own aspirations, I soon began creating original two and three dimensional wall sculptures in wood. My methods and imagery have changed greatly since then over years of educational, studio and work experiences, but I still enjoy reflecting back to those original pieces when I create today.

I’ve been so fortunate to live where we have magnificent forests, from the thick hardwoods of the East, where I grew up, to the tall softwoods around my adopted Western home; I have always been in awe of the trees. I observe beauty in the way a tree can survive growing out of a rock, how branches can grow in any direction in an effort to find nourishment, or how an invading pine beetle leaves behind it’s markings in what I see as natural hieroglyphics. The eastern Canadian white pine that I use to create my artwork tells its own story while the elemental forms and forces in nature drive a lot of my original ideas and fuel my belief that wood has a continuous energy of its own.

My work might start out as a larger cut material form, an initial draft of shape, or a movement to form the basis of my next idea. Later, the finer details fill in. Often, the symbols, patterns, and shapes that reappear in my work originate in response to the idea that every shape initiates a sensory reaction as it communicates to our senses. Thus I am very careful to always be aware of the amount of pattern and relief that I am creating in any area. To me there is a fine line between too much projection, which can appear weighty, and the monotony resulting from not enough relief. The effects of excessive repetition or being too random, too much color or too little, not enough texture or too much, are some of the considerations that will define an artist and allow observers the qualities with which to remember the work.

Through my art, I aim to show my passion for beauty, life, and life experiences, initially on a physical, vibrational level and next on a more subconscious level, where one responds to matter and where relationships to shape and color originate. Above all, I strive to celebrate and enhance the living spirit of the wood in each work of art.

Alan Boileau

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