Sylvie DRAINVILLE is a native of Ste-Thérèse . After studying visual arts at Lionel Groulx College in Ste-Thérèse, she moved to Montréal in 1982 and completed studies in graphic arts (Collège Ahuntsic, Montréal) and visual arts (Université de Sherbrooke). Her area of specialization will be photomechanics (dark room reproduction), then the creation of digital advertising images. She will create digital images for advertising agencies in Montreal, Quebec, Toronto and New York. In parallel, she paints relentlessly and takes advantage of advertising campaign launch events to present her creations. In 2006, she set up her studio in Orford (Eastern Townships / Quebec-Canada) and has since painted on a daily and professional basis. Her painting is publicly recognized and has won several awards with Jury.
Color is one of my strengths and it is the starting point, the “technical” inspiration of each painting. Even if there is a variety of tubes of colors ready to use, I need to create complex mixes and play on the limits (saturation, hue, brightness) I am in constant search of colors having the right texture, the good ends up to represent the climatic effects on nature. Visual and physical contact with nature is essential to my painting. Full of images rush into my head when I am in front of a white board. I close my eyes and the gestures hat I pose let nature appear. The spectator will find his own story if he lets himself be touched.
In the calm, in the forest, quick gestures that seem to be uncontrolled, very physical, carve the material, take the time it takes, intensely, intuitively. I engrave in the painting to leave sculptures of the time on the nature. There is rarely a definite plan but there is a need to be fully present to produce a strong, touching, very peaceful and aesthetically beautiful picture. I prefer working on large format and ideally when I start and finish the painting in the same day or the next day.
Often described as a contemporary expressionist painter, I seek to represent nature in its pure emotional charge. I do not impose any color range. My identity is present in my unconventional painting technique, my tone down colors and my landscapes of parallel worlds in which the observer can travel for a long time. I paint with a minimum of tools and materials and my experience in digital creation leads me to paint by referring to the logic of digital work, but using old materials. I call my paintings to be « new figurative ».
I paint mainly with acrylic and encaustic oil on wood panels (cherry-birch). The wood is more noble in my opinion and especially more suited to my technique that can be a bit rough for a canvas. I prefer a rigid base to represent the flexibility and resilience of nature. I do not paint the fine detail, I let spatulas and old brushes simulate the visual effect of fine details.