Bio

Besner’s creative work is based on a mixed technique on canvas. He has a preference for oil sticks and their rich palette of colours as well as acrylic paint, structural mortar, china marker and aerosol paint. In addition to these materials, he uses a technique of application by the fingers and scraping of the canvas. The emotional structure of Besner’s work expresses a renewed, richer and deeper view of life, based on line and colour. The resulting depiction is the image of a world in itself, which largely transcends the two dimensional limits of the canvas. His characters progress towards the future, like all human beings. They are creatures who are torn apart and gnawed by hope.

IMMORTALIS, Suzhou Museum - Casablanca International Art Biennale - Western China International Art Biennale, Yinchuan - Creation Space, Loto-Quebec, Montreal - Vaudreuil-Soulanges Museum - Villa des Arts Museum, Casablanca - Pierre-Boucher Museum, Trois-Rivière

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Statement

Throughout the entire course of his work, Besner’s main artistic concern has been focused on transmitting the vital and physical sources of energy that surround him. The artist is entirely open to the vibrations of contemporary society which he seeks to remodel in new forms of plasticity, hovering somewhere between the figurative and the abstract. His aim is not to create an ideal or to reproduce nature, but rather to give form to the energy emanating from the metaphysics of human activity. The subject of the picture is the record or the memory of a living civilization expressed in a sustainable medium, the work of art. In addition, the queries and thoughts that nourish Besner’s art are closely linked to life and death. The fantastic creations to which he gives birth on the canvas are a synonym of human fragility, of the brevity of life, by which he is both awed and troubled. Like a paleo-anthropologist, Besner is always on the lookout for all traces of life. The remnants left by life after death are a source of fascination for him. His paintings depict and honour the memory of such traces of life.

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