Illustrator from France Loustal in Residency at the Rendez-vous International de la BD de Gatineau
On the occasion of the 10th edition of the Rendez-vous International de la BD de Gatineau (Oct 9 to 12, 2009), French globe-trotter illustrator Jacques de Loustal has been invited for a ten-day residency in the National Capital Region. He will present a “never before seen” exhibition at the Gallery of the Alliance Française from October 9 to 30.
Jacques de Loustal likes to work while listening to music. His emblematic comic books (Barney et la note bleue, for instance) and his warm colored oil paintings reflect the artist’s passion for Mediterranean jazz, bossa nova and stellar "coltranian" areas.
Loustal is interested in rock and roll, as well. He started his career drawing for "Rock and Folk" magazine and is a fan of J.J Cale, Neil Young, Nine Inch Nails and Joey Ramone. Here lies the essence of Loustal’s style: his quiet and peaceful artwork conceals a furious yet chanelled energy. His 1997 album Kid Congo shows a creative evolution in Loustal’s approach with colors, giving bodies, shapes and figures a more developed consistance and thickness. Along the years, Loustal has won recognition as one of the most talented French illustrator.
Comic books, magazine illustrations, books, advertising, posters: Loustal’s touch is easy to identify and grows increasingly popular.
Loustal unusually inspires himself with painting (fauvism, David Hockney) and cinema (Wim Wenders). As an excellent colorist, Loustal has the extraordinary ability to convey emotions and atmospheres such as silence... He tries to give a literary tone to his comic books, which he does with elegance and a touch of distance.
The exhibition at Alliance Française will be a unique occasion to discover original lithographs and plates of Loustal’s travel diaries as well as sketches created during his stay in the National Capital Region. Jacques de Loustal will be present at the opening of the exhibition. He will be happy to share with you his impressions about Canada and answer any question you may have about his work.
▪ at the Canadian Museum of Civilization
(100, Laurier Street, Gatineau)
▪ Free admission
▪ From October 9 to 30
▪ Gallery of the Alliance Française
(352 MacLaren Street, Ottawa)
▪ Free admission
Updated October 2, 2009