Yannick DE SERRE
Yannick De Serre’s work is today strongly influenced by his stay in northern Québec. Always refined, his different series testifies of the emptiness and calmness of the northern landscapes, through a minimalist aestheticism.
In his landscapes, above the horizon, the sky comes to life with some occasional aurora borealis, for which the artist blur the limits between the background and the form, using embossing to suggest the fluidity of the movement of this natural phenomenon. The rare appearances of color are always soft and discreet, and add a touch of life in the serenity of the work. This apparent tranquility is however fragile, as a storm on the horizon threats to topple this quiet landscape into turmoil.
Yannick De Serre has experimented with various mediums through his career. Using at first fabrics in his collage, he then moves to fur to represent the duality between animal and human in his self-portraits. Nowadays, the artist plays with variations of whites and textures in his pieces, exploiting the different possibilities of embossing and other techniques of engraving, which gives a brand new dimension to his work.
The fineness of the movement and the line in Yannick De Serre’s work result in a production marked with delicacy, where the minimalist intervention of the artist leads to a rediscovery of the intimacy between the piece and his spectator.
Yannick De Serre, born in Grand-Mère in 1978, completed a degree in visual arts at Laval University in 1999. Very active from his early days, he participates in numerous collective exhibitions in Québec, and enters the Imageothèque’s collection the year of his graduation. Today, he is part of many collections, public and private, including the Museum of Contemporary Arts of Baie Saint-Paul. His work has been showed in many fairs around the world, including London, New York, Bruxelles, Buenos Aires, as well as in Korea and Switzerland. In 2010, he is the winner of the prize André Michel, awarded by the Fine Arts Museum of Mont-Saint-Hilaire.