Martin Brouillette’s new body of work was completed between the fall of 2021 and early 2022. For Martin, these paintings serve as a journal of the last period of the pandemic. He was born in 1971 in Montreal where he began his artistic career. His artistic journey then flourished in London between 2007 and 2019, and has continued after moving to New York three years ago. Waterhouse & Dodd is pleased to be his worldwide representative.
The work represented in this exhibition is in oil on canvas but the inspiration is heavily reliant on drawing which has become Brouillette’s form of resilience. He mainly draws on an iPad and then recreates and interprets the drawings on canvas, not by digital means but purely by painting. Brouillette finds escapism, excitement, and solace in drawing.
His oeuvre is focused not only on the forms but the textures he leaves behind in their creation. His experiments with color explore composition and relationships between space and storytelling. The charm of Brouillette's painting lies not only within the images themselves but also from the stories his titles evoke. His romantic, optimistic and idealistic personality comes to the surface. A hopeful naiveté resonates throughout his work, giving a biopic of the artist himself.
Martin sees his works as extensions of himself and a revelatory story on his perceptions; a story of perseverance, resilience and bravery.