08/14/14

Chris Langlois | Studio Visit

On a recent visit to Chris Langlois‘ studio we previewed his most recent work for the upcoming exhibition at Olsen Irwin, Weather Systems. Greeted by Langlois’ two bumbling pugaliers, Langlois shows us to his studio, adjoining his home in Sydney’s northern beaches. The works for the upcoming show are vast land-, sea- and skyscapes, meticulously painted in Langlois’ signature style.

“These paintings depict landscape that is emptied of persons and his objects, a world altered and neglected by man, an inverse romanticism. They are either placed in or on the edge of the emptiness or show it viewed from afar and explore the nothingness that depicts space. I prefer a landscape that is meloncholic, reflective of the human mind, a space that I create and that can be solitarily explored.

Painting for me involves landscape and I explore that theme, however, my use of landscape is not to depict place, rather, a tool or vehicle to draw the viewers’ own relationship with place. My paintings generally are cinematic, empty and vague so as to engulf the viewer. I wish to effect the viewer in the same way music washes over you and leads you through a maze of experience, not a literal journey, not a story, but an attempt to bring the viewer to an emotional state.

This exhibition is a continuation of those themes that I have explored, of painting landscape and depicting the space and the effect it has on us.”

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Chris Langlois (b. 1969) is admired for his exquisite land and seascapes that are often described as embodying the sublime. Born in Gosford, he went on to study painting and drawing at the University of Newcastle. Langlois has widely exhibited since 1989 and has been a finalist in the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on a number of occasions. In 1990 he was joint winner the Maitland Tertiary Art Prize at Maitland Art Gallery. In 2010 he won the prestigious Stan & Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize at the Gold Coast Art Gallery in Queensland, and earlier that same year was runner up of the Tattersall’s Landscape Art prize.

Over a 14 month period during 2013-2014, a major survey that exhibits the highlights over a ten year period between 2003 to 2013 is touring regional galleries throughout Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Points in Time features more than 30 works exploring Chris’s signature themes of the romantic, melancholy and beauty. Accompanying the exhibition is a 112 page book that illustrates the same period in more detail as well as essays by the curators Katherine Roberts and Simon Gregg.

His works form part of many important public and private collections both in Australia and internationally. Chris currently lives and works in Avalon, NSW.    LangloisStudio_May2014_9 LangloisStudio_May2014_10 LangloisStudio_May2014_11 LangloisStudio_May2014_12 LangloisStudio_May2014_13 LangloisStudio_May2014_16Chris Langlois
Weather Systems
20 August – 7 September 2014

Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road
Woollahra NSW 2025

06/10/14

Chris Langlois | Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery

Chris Langlois‘ touring exhibition Points in Time is now open at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. The exhibition features a comprehensive survey of Langlois’ work completed over the past decade.

Described by Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery as, “… one of Australia’s leading contemporary landscape artists, renowned for his rigorous technique and powerful imagery.”, Langlois’ sublime sea- and landscapes are complimented by his more abstract, yet equally refined works.

Curated by Katherine Roberts and Simon Gregg, the exhibition is a joint initiative of Manly Art Gallery and Museum and Gippsland Art Gallery and will travel to another two galleries in 2014.

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Chris Langlois
Points in Time
6 June – 20 July 2014

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
First Street
Booragul NSW 2284

Points in Time:
Gold Coast City Art Gallery QLD:  2 August – 14 September 2014
Orange Regional Gallery NSW:  3 October – 16 November 2014

Olsen Irwin will also host an exhibition of Langlois’ new work from 20 August to 7 September 2014.

Chris Langlois
Weather Systems
20 August – 7 September 2014

Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road
Woollahra NSW 2025