Phronesis by Sylvain Louis-Seize

Year
2010
Medium
Mixed Media on Steel
Size
48 × 48 inches
121.9 × 121.9 cm
$7000
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About the Work

Three large serif letters "X' are all but obscured by an explosion of sepia, yellow, black, blue and white swathes, sprays and drips in this 36 inches square painting on steel. Louis-Seize uses tar, acid, acrylic paint to create a sparse moody work. The title of this work 'Phronesis" is an ancient Greek word for a type of intelligence relevant to practical things, requiring an ability to discern how or why to act virtuously. “My recent body of work explores three landscape themes; lush blues, stormy skies and the dark series. In these pieces, I am observing different relationships and facets of landscapes. In particular, their uniqueness at different times and periods which I feel are naturally enhanced by the condition and moment in which we view them. I am always looking to capture memories which are ephemeral but poignant.” Sylvain Louis-Seize “Nobody has ever seen landscapes like the ones Louis-Seize paints. And that is because he paints only the Idea of Landscape. Which is both liberating and disconcerting.” Gary Michael Dault Self-taught artist Sylvain Louis-Seize, originally from Montréal, lives and works in Calgary, Alberta. He has completed large scale commissioned work in Toronto and New York. His work is held in private and corporate collections in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and Europe.