We had the good fortune of connecting with Sylvain Tremblay and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sylvain, how do you think about risk?
The biggest risk is staying in your comfort zone and stopping to grow. Quickly you will be seen as a has-been, or a person who is afraid of losing instead of being a leader in your field. In my case, I try to put myself in danger and get out of my comfort zone. Example, such as an artist painter, born in Canada, I left Montreal for China for 3 years, then 5 years in Dubai and 3 years in NY. Changing my studio from country to culture and getting to know artists helps me see my art differently, it’s my way of getting out of my comfort zone. It’s different for each artist, It’s just my process!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I describe my work between painting and sculpture. There is volume, like a bas-relief. I love mysterious characters, neither sad nor cheerful, they are introspective, timeless. We nevertheless feel the gravity in their gaze and the immobility. The sculptural impasto gives character thanks to their textured surfaces. Viewing my work is at its best in person. The place where I live and I paint is inspired to create. This can be in terms of subjects, colors and even on the technical side. I have seen the difference between my workshops in Montreal, China, Dubai and New York.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite neighborhood is Buswick, Brooklyn New York City, this area is bubbling with energy. Art galleries, restaurant, bar, etc. Just walking the streets is a unique experience. The walls are covered with incredible graffittis. Meet at the corner of Wyckoff and Jefferson Street, and stroll through the streets, you will be seduced by these extraordinary murals. There are even guides who will give you an itinerary and tell you the stories behind each work. On this same street corner, House of YES, if you want to dance and see new shows, It’s recognized as the hottest places on the planet, people dress up to go there. 10 minutes walk from there, you have to go to Roberta’s Pizza. In addition to eating well, this place is famous for the atmosphere and its huge terrace. The motley decor will charm you. PS no reservations, the wait can be long, however you can have a drink in the backyard which is very pleasant. Or go visit the galleries at 56 Bogart Building.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
During a visit to my grandfather, I inherited the workshop of my grandmother painter, I was 11 years old. In addition to the encouragement of the family, I have never stopped painting since that day. we name that, a leitmotiv !
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