David Langevin at home 

New art exhibit opens at adele-campbell gallery Aug. 31

Who: David Langevin Opening reception

Where: adele-campbell gallery

When: Aug. 31, 5 p.m.

It’s back to the easel for David Langevin.

Back to a large new drawing board.

With three new Canadian shows, including the adele-campbell art gallery exhibit on Aug. 31, Calgary’s Alley Cat Gallery and Toronto’s Willow Gallery both this fall, Langevin has a steady stream of projects on the go, often five or six at a time.

"What’s different about these paintings is that some of these are larger pieces. I’m doing what I did a few years ago," says Langevin, from his home studio in Kamloops.

Langevin’s show at the adele-campbell gallery features 17 new works.

Measuring 48" X 100", Only in B.C. is his largest work to date, which shows a perspective from the Duffey Lake Road near Pemberton.

"The view is on top of the plateau as you head east, looking right."

Langevin’s unique stamp is in the use of gold leaf, which adds warmth and a rays of light element to his landscape portraits like Butterscotch Tree, also on view at adele-campbell.

Tree portraits are also a new focus, in addition to a series of nudes, done in oils, which will be on display in galleries early next year.

Langevin began concentrating full-time on art in 1995, after obtaining a BFA and a Masters degree in art education.

He says his own painting approach is unique, employing techniques used some 500 years ago.

Caravaggio, baroque master Reubens, and Dutch master Rembrandt are inpirations.

From studying that period, he developed his technique that involves layering transparent paint.

Staff at the gallery describe his art as work that "instantly attracts and holds the eye."

When not painting he’s usually "into music or playing squash. I don’t really like to stand around and look at other people’s paintings."

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