Sylvain Coulombe – Statement

Sylvain Coulombe - artistI try to find those who hide behind abstract landscapes.
Characters, mysterious and unreal, which are define by deep lines, such as the one that the time cracks and digs to leave behind traces of his passage, its perseverance, its evolution.

My role is to establish with them the basis for a common language and to externalize their thoughts, feelings, opinions. Symbolize their unspoken that as each of us accumulate, consciously or not, throughout our existence. We are the gears of the machine where we live, all inters connected, all together. This exhibition is for those who wish to unwind by taking a little time to stop and appreciate our complex simplicity.

Je m’efforce de découvrir ceux qui se cachent derrière des paysages abstraits.
Des personnages, mystérieux et irréels, qui se délimitent par de profondes lignes, comme celles du temps qui fendille et creuse pour laisser derrière lui les traces de son passage, de son acharnement, de son évolution.

Mon rôle à moi est d’établir, avec eux, les bases d’un langage commun, et d’extérioriser leurs réflexions, leurs émotions, leurs opinions. De symboliser leurs non-dits qui comme chacun de nous, consciemment ou non, accumulons tout au long de notre existence. Nous sommes les engrenages de cette machine où nous vivons, tous inters reliés, tous ensembles. Cette exposition est pour tout ceux qui veulent souffler un moment en prenant le temps de s’arrêter et d’apprécier notre complexe simplicité.


The feeling inside me is my main inspiration, all my environment and all that I lived is unconsciously digested so that later I can transpose it in my work, in what I am.

I like to meditate and feel free of thought before I paint. I simply cannot work after being in traffic.
My main quality is to transform things, I love it, if you want to give me a gift just put me in a junk yard during a day, and I will spend the day as a kid, just being in the present moment…So painting for me is just playing with feelings in transforming colors and texture, until something start talking to me, at that point I know that the playing is almost finish, it could take a couple of months, that’s why I’m always working on 15 to 20 paintings at the same time. 80% of my work is without thinking, the other 20% is to understand what is going on, after that I homogenize the work and make it cleaner.
In the majority of time, a couple of days after the work is finish, it’s as if it was not me who did it, I ask myself how and where did I find this story, and I think that I’m here to reveal things for a reason that sometimes I don’t know, but I know that somewhere there is somebody for each work that I do, who will know this reason, who will love to abandoned himself into it, and in this way understand a bit more who he is and who we all are. This is my role. I want to help people connect. I believe in the butterfly effect, and I want my work to participate positively.

I believe in the perseverance of work, so even if I don’t feel it, I go in my atelier and start doing cleaning and usually the mood of playing with colors come to me, after that the day just passes by so fast. For the quality of my family life I learned to work 8 to 4, Monday to Friday, and a couple of hours during the week-end. I’m a bit of a workaholic, cause it’s so easy for me to be there physically without being there completely, that’s another reason to meditate and stop thinking. With the help of my soul mate and fiancé, I spend more time with the life of non-working, just having fun and enjoying the time.

I always felt a void inside me when I was not creating, very young until 14 years old I was drawing all the time, and then I stop, I don’t know why, I had no artistic friend and I guess I was discovering the world and myself with the turmoil of the teenage years. At the age of 22 I start buying old furniture to restore it for me, and then to sell it. And then I started to build it the old fashion way. I was doing an old finish, a patina, with paint of naturel pigment, casein (milk protein) and bug’s resin (kind of antique shellac). That was my wake-up call with art…and I just began to reconnect with myself, I can say that I was living in a bubble before that…

After a couple of years, I wanted to do more, so I did a baccalaureate in environment design (industrial design and architecture), for the first time I was excited to go to school! My imagination just went up like a rocket. Me and my girlfriend built our home with recycled materials…… I started, just for fun, doing all kind of objects, lighting, furnishings, sculpture with recycled materials …. then I start selling them. At one point I wanted to put colors on my concrete’s bas-relief, so I start playing with acrylic paint, it wasn’t so good, so I said to myself that I had to learn to paint….it took me 18 months to finish my first painting, it felt so good that painting became my main concentration….
I was painting 15 hours per week for contracts and friends. In 2009 I gave a 4’x4’ painting for a fund raising for the disaster in Haiti, and because of that I start in my first gallery, la galerie blanche, in the old Montreal. Things started going really well so after a year I jump to do it full-time!

I can say that since I paint full-time I’m a better person, I’m growing everyday ( and I’m not talking about my belly…) each day is a real art-therapy for me, a just cannot imagine my life without it, even if sometimes I am disturbed with my work, I feel so much better when the answer is revealed…..this is not a job, this is a dream, that’s why I say that I retired at 38 years old!


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