Thompson Landry Gallery
Upcoming About us About us Contemporary
Exhibitions & Special Events Venue / Rental Venue / Rental Great Masters
Contact / Links Contact / Links

Virginie Bocaert

Looking at Virginie Bocaert’s canvases is like breathlessly diving into figures that emerge from forms and moods. In the end, these constructed, destroyed and reconstructed figures are all about emotion.

The 36-year-old painter was born in France and has worked in Montreal since 2002. She became interested in oil painting at the age of 10, coming from a family of great art lovers. Her parents helped to instigate her cultural awareness by bringing her to visit artist’s studios, museums and art galleries. In 1997, she graduated with honours from the École supérieure de mode in Paris, and began a career as a fashion designer. She later returned to painting after taking a few workshops with artists like Anne Van Mierlo, Jennifer Hornyak and Marilyn Rubenstein, and decided to get a studio and work on her style.

Evidently, Virginie Bocaert’s stint in the fashion industry was very trying for her. In many of her works, she utilizes elements and materials from the fashion industry to communicate her own sensations, memories, and emotions. For example, in Bocaert’s Si tu savais (If you knew), we see a woman with her upper body slightly bent over. Several grey threads burst forth from her eyes and evoke tears. We also notice that the edge of the fabric at the bottom of the clothing worn by the figure is frayed, giving the impression of a gradual coming apart at the seams.

This type of emotive imagery is the artist’s way of expressing her anguish around the stereotypes imposed by her profession. In a world where things go so fast, we have to be strong to make our own place in society. Bocaert also uses her artwork to express the extent to which models are treated like objects. When she was painting these figures, she was feeling hurt and her melancholy came through in them.

Today, Bocaert has reached a more serene space, but she continues to live with the characters that she has constructed. She believes they are like friends and companions for her as they are silent and they do not judge her. The human being is a very strong subject and is quite present in all her work. Bocaert reflects on her work and influences, claiming that "Indeed, because of his complexity and diversity, man puts us in situations or states that can be constructive or destructive. Like Jean-Paul Sartre said, "Hell is other people", and Thomas Hobbes said, "Man is a wolf to man". We must live and struggle with certain states that others impose on us. For a long time, the influence, prejudices, and scrutiny of others were for me a battle in which to grow, to learn to know myself and to acquire self-confidence."

Amour
Mixed media on board
60" X 48"
Aspirer à la joie
Mixed media on board
60" X 40"
Beauté céléste 2
Mixed media on board
72" X 48"
Délivrée
Mixed media on board
48" X 24"

Désirs trouvés
Mixed media on board
24" X 30"

Don de soi
Mixed media on board
24" X 48"

Douceur de vivre
Mixed media on board
60" X 48"

Instant magique
Mixed media on board
48" X 48"

Légèreté de l'être
Mixed media on board
60" X 40"

Libérer le corps
Mixed media on board
72" X 48"

Je peux voir
Mixed media on board
40" X 60"

Je vois ton âme
Mixed media on board
40" X 60"

Moments choisis
Mixed media on board
40" X 40"

Paix
Mixed media on board
40" X 30"

Plaisirs cachés
Mixed media on board
72" X 48"

Prendre corps
Mixed media on board
40" X 30"

Révélation intime
Mixed media on board
60" X 48"

Se retrouver
Mixed media on board
60" X 40"

Métamorphose
Mixed media on board
60" X 60"

Trouver le sens
Mixed media on board
40" X 30"

Visions troubles
Mixed media on board
60" X 60"

Vision de pureté
Mixed media on board
48" X 48"

Floating Memories
Mixed Media on Canvas
36" X 60"
Over Time
Mixed Media on Canvas
60" X 60"
Noir désir 1
Mixed Media on Canvas
16" X 20"
Ma Force
Mixed Media on Canvas
48" X 36"
Pardonne Moi
Mixed Media on Canvas
48" X 48"
Je Vois Clair
Mixed Media on Canvas
24" X 48"

 
 

SOLD
Délicatesse du moment
Mixed media on board
40" X 60"
Sold

Joie dérobée
Mixed media on board
48" X 36"
Sold

Instants volés
Mixed media on board
48" X 36"
Sold

Ton souffle
Mixed media on board
36" X 24"
Sold

Désir fort
Mixed media on board
48" X 48"
Sold

Désir virtuel
Mixed media on board
40" X 40"
Sold

Désirs premiers
Mixed media on board
30" X 30"
Sold

Instinct fragile
Mixed media on board
30" X 30"
Sold

Vie
Mixed media on board
24" X 30"
Sold

Visions II
Mixed media on board
48" X 24"
Sold

Visions I
Mixed Media on Canvas
40" X 30"
Sold
Noir désir 3
Mixed Media on Canvas
20" X 16"
Sold
Inconspicuous Girl
Mixed Media on Canvas
60" X 30"
Sold
What Binds Us
Acrylic on canvas
48" X 36"
Sold
Black Shadows
Mixed Media on Canvas
48" X 36"
Sold
Confidences
Mixed Media on Canvas
30" X 20"
Sold
Portée par la fièvre
Acrylic on canvas
16" X 16"
Sold
Penser plus loin
Acrylic on canvas
36" X 36"
Sold
Black Night
Mixed Media on Canvas
30" X 30"
Sold
The Secret of Optimism
Mixed Media on Canvas
24" X 48"
Sold
Les choses me parlent
Acrylic on canvas
16" X 16"
Sold
L'énergie retrouvée
Acrylic on canvas
16" X 16"
Sold
Le désir du souffle
Acrylic on canvas
30" X 30"
Sold
I Need to Know
Mixed Media on Canvas
40" X 30"
Sold
That's it
Acrylic on canvas
40" X 48"
Sold
Rêver un autre monde
Acrylic on canvas
30" X 30"
Sold
Voir plus loin
Acrylic on canvas
60" X 60"
Sold
The Wait is so Long
Mixed Media on Canvas
36" X 60"
Sold
Remember
Mixed Media on Canvas
60" X 30"
Sold
I Can Feel You
Mixed Media on Canvas
60" X 40"
Sold
The Power of Love
Mixed Media on Canvas
72" X 40"
Sold
So Far Away
Mixed Media on Canvas
60" X 60"
Sold
Endless Night
Mixed Media on Canvas
48" X 24"
Sold
Take Me
Mixed Media on Canvas
24" X 24"
Sold
Close to Me
Mixed Media on Canvas
24" X 24"
Sold
Inside
Mixed Media on Canvas
30" X 20"
Sold
For You
Mixed Media on Canvas
30" X 20"
Sold
Delicacy
Mixed Media on Canvas
72" X 40"
Sold
Se détacher des choses
Mixed media on canvas
60" X 60"
Sold
Désirer le repos
Acrylic on canvas
40" X 40"
Sold
Laisse-moi délirer
Acrylic on canvas
24" X 24"
Sold
Tu me vois
Acrylic on canvas
36" X 36"
Sold
S'isoler pour mieux penser
Acrylic on canvas
56" X 42"
Sold
Vers les profondeurs
Acrylic on canvas
48" X 48"
Sold
Je suis bien
Acrylic on canvas
48" X 24"
Sold
Tu me fais vibre
Acrylic on canvas
60" X 24"
Sold
Prendre le temps
Acrylic on canvas
36" X 30"
Sold
Dans la tourmente des sentiments
Acrylic on canvas
72" X 36"
Sold
Attirée par les bas-fonds
Acrylic on canvas
72" X 48"
Sold
Puissance Solaire
Acrylic on canvas
24" X 20"
Sold
Nouvelle Voie
Acrylic on canvas
60" X 72"
Sold
Désirs toi
Acrylic on canvas
60" X 24"
Sold
J'imagine
Acrylic on canvas
60" X 48"
Sold
Voir le possible
Acrylic on canvas
48" X 30"
Sold
Se cacher derrière moi
Acrylic on canvas
48" X 36"
Sold
Se tourner vers la fièvre
Acrylic on canvas
60" X 48"
Sold
Entrer dans l'espace lumineux
Acrylic on canvas
72" X 48"
Sold
Se laisser porter par le temps
Acrylic on canvas
60" X 60"
Sold
Purifier ses pensées à la source
Acrylic on canvas
72" X 36"
Sold
Découvrir le réel
Acrylic on canvas
30" X 24"
Sold
Ces petites choses qui nous immobilisent
Acrylic on canvas
60" X 60"
Sold
Modifier le flot de la vie
Acrylic on canvas
60" X 60"
Sold
Découvrir l'essentiel
Acrylic on canvas
72" X 60"
Sold
Puiser la source solaire
Acrylic on canvas
72" X 40"
Sold
Ne pas se laisser envahir
Acrylic on canvas
24" X 48"
Sold
Se mouvoir dans l'espoir
Acrylic on canvas
30" X 30"
Sold
Please...
Mixed Media on Canvas
48" X 24"
Sold
Shiny Day
Mixed Media on Canvas
72" X 40"
Sold
Hot Night
Mixed Media on Canvas
30" X 30"
Sold
Comment tu veux
Acrylic on canvas
48" X 48"
Sold
You Make Me Crazy
Mixed Media on Canvas
48" X 48"
Sold
In the Heat of the Movement
Mixed Media on Canvas
72" X 40"
Sold
J'oublie
Mixed Media on Canvas
30" X 60"
Sold
Noir désir 2
Mixed Media on Canvas
16" X 20"
Sold
   

 
© Thompson Landry Gallery / Website Conception: Steve Poutré