Light and dark 

Langevin promises shadowboxing delights

What: David Langevin opening reception

Where: adele-campbell Gallery

When: Feb. 9, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Travellers far and wide drop in to see David Langevin’s chiaroscuro gems.

"A CEO of Finning apparently is an avid collector of my works who gets through Whistler once in a awhile, and a family from Australia has bought Shadowcasters right out of the packaging at the gallery. I guess they wanted snow!" says Langevin.

"I don’t always get to meet my buyers, but that’s what I like about shows."

To hone the play of light in oils and acrylic, Langevin studied masters like Reubens and Rembrandt outside of structured courses at the University of Ottawa, McGill and Cegep de Sherbrooke. These painters developed a style termed chiaroscuro, as candles were their only light source while completing portraits. Light and shadow are used to highlight the texture, for example, in the stone angles of Renaissance Rocks.

With works in Vancouver’s Graham Sayell Gallery, The West End in Edmonton, and the Willow Gallery in Toronto, Langevin, who’s based in Kamloops, finds the buyers now come looking.

"Sometimes they approach me, which is nice to be at the other end, or sometimes I’ll show a portfolio to (a potential) buyer," he adds.

Langevin specializes in trees and mountains of B.C. and Alberta, and also paints impressionist nudes.

Previous shows include adele-campbell Gallery in 2000, a group show in 2001 at the Alicat Gallery in Bragg Creek, Alberta, and the Hampton Gallery show in Kamloops.

Thirty paintings will be in the Winter Show at adele-campbell, including Red Stone Mountain which captures the zebra patches of fallen birch bark. Hidden Secrets keeps the viewer at bay behind a swatch of forest greens.

In the blink of an eye, Blue Falling contrasts bold landscapes against tie-dye skies. These are painting you can relax to. The nudes Simple Lines and Dis-robe will also be featured in the show.

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