Sylvain Coulombe

1971 · Canada

Artist biography

Sylvain Coulombe is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from Canada, like other celebrated artists such as CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON , Constance Bachmann, Davis Rhodes, Yuri Dojc, and Thea Yabut. Sylvain Coulombe was born in 1971.

About Sylvain Coulombe's works

Sylvain Coulombe is best known for working in the fields of Expressionism and Figuration. Counting artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Egon Schiele, Wassily Kandinsky and Edvard Munch, Expressionism is one the principal currents of art of the 20th century - although it is considered to be an international state of mind rather than just an art movement. When it comes to paintings, Expressionist artists were significantly inspired by Eastern art which they considered “primitive” in its use of bright colours and simplified figures. By enhancing textural elements and liberating their brushstrokes, artists were hoping to reflect the psychological state of mind of their time, and truthfully express their inner self. Wassily Kandinsky’s painting Der Blaue Reiter is a great example of Expressionism, which can be understood as Kandinsky’s desire to move beyond from realistic depictions and focus on subjectivity rather than objectivity.

Figurative art can merely be understood as art that involves strong references to the real world, or to the human figure. Often considered as the polar opposite of Abstraction, figurative art can nonetheless remain incredibly stimulating and ground-breaking, since it involves a multitude number of opportunities to depict the chosen object or figure. The diversity of style in figurative art is immense, and spans across Paul Cézanne’s bathers to Jean-Michel Basquiat’s neo-expressionist paintings.

Sylvain Coulombe in private collections

On Artland Sylvain Coulombe's art can be found in the collection of Marc Barrette, who for instance also has works by other artists including Marie Kølbæk Iversen, Ali Hasanov, and DUSKMANN.

Further Biographical Context for Sylvain Coulombe

Born in 1971, Sylvain Coulombe was primarily influenced by the 1990s growing up. A group of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a varied collective of practitioners. A number of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most well known member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became known for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was rebellious yet enterprising. Due to the large amount of media coverage that they received, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a central idea in the 1990s. Works by artists such as Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as key artists who worked to this agenda.

Sylvain Coulombe

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