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Yoakim Bélanger

Bélanger works with oxidized steel and aluminum, raw materials that have not yet been affected by human contact but that hold the traces of passing time.  These traces consist of varying textures and patterns, which to any other individual would appear arbitrary and meaningless.  But, to Bélanger, these traces hold the primitive blueprint of his work. With his brush he begins to bring forth an image, an image so entwined with the medium it is painted on, that one could not exist without the other.  The result is a juxtaposition of the intangible human spirit with the solidity of the metal.

“In this time of excessive consumption, painting on found pieces of metal symbolizes for me a kind of recycling, where the reclaimed metal embodies the interaction between man and his ‘natural’ environment.

Initially, his work was focused on the figurative, specifically the nude. These figures remind us that the body is in a constant state of change, incapable of being static.  He depicts humanity in a fashion that is beyond merely the physical but exposes what is within the body:  strength, passion and grace. 

Just like the evolving figures he depicts, Bélanger himself is always evolving.  He continues to push himself into his work, abandoning his comfort zone to embark on investigations of figuration and abstraction and how the two converge.  This dichotomy is perfectly represented on the oxidized steel, aluminium, and stainless mirror.  The reality of the condition of the raw material meets the reality of the changing body, while the abstract effects of time on the metal meet Bélanger’s abstract concepts of the human form.  The result is a seamless union of two otherwise opposing forces.

 
Abstract to Abstract #27
Mixed media on oxidized steel
28" x 36"
Abstract to Abstract #19
Mixed media on oxidized steel
60" x 96"
Abstract to Abstract #03
Mixed media on oxidized steel
12" x 24"
Abstract to Abstract #07
Mixed media on stainless mirror
48" x 48"
Abstract to Abstract #11
Mixed media on oxidized steel
48" x 68"
Abstract to Abstract #16
Mixed media on oxidized steel
60" x 60"
Abstract to Abstract #17
Mixed media on oxidized steel
48" x 48"
Abstract to Abstract #30
Mixed media on oxidized steel
24" x 24"

L'espace Humain LX
Mixed media on aluminum
36" X 48"

Inside Revolution XXXI
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
59" X 59"

Inside Revolution XCI
Mixed media on oxidized steel
32" X 22"

L'espace humain LI
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
40" X 24"

Inside Revolution LXIII
Mixed media on oxidized steel
36" X 32"

Inside Revolution LXXXII
Mixed media on aluminum
48" X 24"

Abstract to Abstract #02
Mixed media on oxidized steel
68" x 48"

Abstract 1
Mixed media on oxidized steel
48" X 68"

Inside Revolution C Gethsemani (3 - 5)
Mixed media on oxidized steel
48" X 48"

Inside Revolution C Gethsemani (2 – 4)
Mixed media on oxidized steel
48" X 48"

   

 

 WORKS ON PAPER

Emerging Woman
Watercolour on paper
30" X 21"
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Sketch for Abstract to Abstract 00
Watercolour on paper
31" X 21"
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Sketch for Abstract to Abstract 01
Watercolour on paper
20" X 14"

Sketch for Abstract to Abstract 05
Watercolour on paper
20" X 14"

 

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In front of us X
Mixed media on stainless mirror
48" x 48"
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Eclipse
Mixed media on stainless mirror
24" x 24"
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Abstract Landscape 1
Mixed media on oxidized steel
36" x 48"
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L'espace humain XLVIII
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
72" X 40"
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Abstract to Abstract #24
Mixed media on oxidized steel
60" x 60"
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Abstract to Abstract #01
Mixed media on stainless mirror
48" x 48"
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Abstract to Abstract #00
Mixed media on stainless mirror
48" x 48"
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Abstract to Abstract #04
Mixed media on stainless mirror
40" x 48"
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L'espace humain XX
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
52" X 24"
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Abstract to Abstract #05
Mixed media on oxidized steel
12" x 12"
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Abstract to Abstract #06
Mixed media on stainless mirror
68" x 48"
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Abstract to Abstract #20
Mixed media on oxidized steel
60" x 60"
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Abstract to Abstract #08
Mixed media on aluminum
40" x 40"
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Abstract to Abstract #09
Mixed media on stainless mirror
48" x 68"
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Abstract to Abstract #10
Mixed media on oxidized steel
68" x 48"
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Abstract to Abstract #12
Mixed media on stainless mirror
48" x 48"
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Abstract to Abstract #13
Mixed media on stainless mirror
68" x 48"
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Abstract to Abstract #14
Mixed media on stainless mirror
96" x 72"
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Abstract to Abstract #15
Mixed media on oxidized steel
96" x 72"
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Abstract to Abstract #18
Mixed media on aluminum
60" x 24"
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Abstract to Abstract #21
Mixed media on aluminum
28" x 28"
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Abstract to Abstract #22
Mixed media on oxidized steel
60" x 26"
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Abstract to Abstract #23
Mixed media on oxidized steel
60" x 26"

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Abstract to Abstract #25
Mixed media on oxidized steel
60" x 96"
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Abstract to Abstract #26
Mixed media on oxidized steel
24" x 24"
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Abstract to Abstract #28
Mixed media on aluminum
12" x 12"
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Abstract to Abstract #29
Mixed media on oxidized steel
24" x 12"
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If I Can Fly
Mixed media on oxidized steel
72" X 96"
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Inside Revolution CVXII
Mixed media on oxidized steel
48" X 36"
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Inside Revolution CXV
Mixed media on oxidized steel
48" X 68"
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Female hand on a shoulder
Mixed media on aluminum
20" X 20"
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Revolution of self
Mixed media on oxidized steel
96" X 36"
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Inside Revolution CVX
Mixed media on oxidized steel
36" X 24"
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Inside Revolution XXXIV
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
12" X 12"
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If I Can Fly 04 01 14
Mixed media on oxidized steel
44" X 80"
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L'Espace Humain LVIII
Mixed media on oxidized steel
48" X 48"
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In front of us VIII
Mixed media on aluminum
48" X 48"
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Children of the Sun V
Mixed media on oxidized steel
12" X 12"
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In Front of us VI
Mixed media on oxidized steel
12" X 12"
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Inside Revolution LXXXIV
Mixed media on aluminum
12" X 12"
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Inside Revolution LXXXIX
Mixed media on aluminum
48" X 48"
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Inside Revolution L
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
48" X 48"
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Inside Revolution LXXXVIII
Mixed media on aluminum
60" X 60"
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Inside Revolution XCII
Mixed media on aluminum
48" X 48"
Sold

L'espace Humain XLII
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
35" X 171" (triptych)
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Inside Revolution XXX
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
36" X 48"
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Inside Revolution LI
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
48" X 36"
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Inside Revolution XC
Mixed media on aluminum
36" X 72"
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Inside Revolution XXXV
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
72" X 36"
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Inside Revolution XXXIX
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
60" X 48"
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Inside Revolution XLI
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
48" X 24"
Sold

Inside Revolution, LXXXIII
Mixed media on aluminum
12" X 12"
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L'Espace Humain LIX
Mixed media on oxidized steel
48" X 36"
Sold

Inside Revolution XLII
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
48" X 48"
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Inside Revolution XLIII
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
48" X 48"
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Inside Revolution XLV
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
96" X 72"
Sold

Inside Revolution XLVII
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
60" X 48"
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Inside Revolution XLVIII
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
24" X 20"
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Inside Revolution LII
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
36" X 36"
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Inside revolution LXXX
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
60" X 48"
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Inside Revolution XL
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
48" X 36"
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Inside Revolution "C"
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
30" X 24"
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Inside revolution LXXIX
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
36" X 24"
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L'espace humain XXVI
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
36" X 80"
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Inside Revolution LIII
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
72" X 40"
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L'espace humain XLVII
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
72" X 48"
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Inside Revolution XLVI
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
96" X 72"
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L'espace humain LVII
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
40" X 26"
Sold

Endangered Species II,
Jean-Baptiste

Mixed media on aluminum
48" X 48"
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L'espace humain LII
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
8" X 20"
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L'espace humain LIII
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
8" X 20"
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Inside Revolution XLIX
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
24" X 24"
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Inside Revolution LIV
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
24" X 12"
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L'espace humain XLVI
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
24" X 60"
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L'espace humain XLIX
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
24" X 48"
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In front of us I
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
48" X 36"
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Espace humain VII
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
48" X 48"
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L'espace humain IV
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
48" X 48"
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Espace humain IX
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
48" X 48"
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Intersection
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
48" X 32"
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Inside Revolution I
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
36" X 36"
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Mediane
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
24" X 24"
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L'espace humain V
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
48" X 48"
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Rising
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
48" X 48"
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L'espace humain I
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
48" X 48"
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Ascension
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
24" X 12"
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L'espace humain II
Mixed Media on oxidized steel
48" X 48"
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Inside Revolution CVXI
Mixed media on oxidized steel
48" X 36"
Sold

 

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