Louis-Marc Simard grew up in Jonquière, Québec a small city located 215 km north of Quebec City. During the 1980’s he took an adventurous ski trip to the Canadian Rockies and decided to stay in Western Canada. He went on to gain his undergraduate degree from the Emily Carr Institute while living in Vancouver.
A multi-media artist who sculpts and paints, Lous-Marc’s work is mesmerizing, colourful and fun, combining reality with abstract. He likens his own work to that of Russian, expressionism and abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky who lived between 1866 and 1944. Having never seen Kandinsky’s work prior to developing his own style, Simard remembers discovering the Russian artist and thinking, “someone else who paints like me”. There are definitely very distinct similarities between the two artists work.
Simard’s career as an artist was a natural progression. For as long as he can remember, he has always been drawing forms. He explains, “I guess I’m trying to play god and give my forms life, make them somehow plausible.” In his work, he strives to entertain the viewer, to take them somewhere near, not very far, but not entirely real. And like all people, he craves to be told he’s good.
Louis-Marc currently lives in Revelstoke and maintains a studio in Salmon Arm, BC