Why should painting and drawing be still alive?

And how can they survive in the middle of new and experimental media of art?

Ian Gamache, a young artist who is living in Montreal (Canada), makes us thinking about the role of painting in our society. Thanks to him, the most traditional tools of communication can dialogue with our global lifestyle, sharing our collective memories through social networks. In this way all the limits are broken. His works communicate the same free state of mind of a caveman on a cave’s wall.


The human instinct to reproduce feelings and ordinary moments is timeless in the same way that are graffiti on caverns. We met Ian and this is what he told to Reykjavik Boulevard 

Your first project, last project and future project: how would you describe them?

In general I don’t tend to think of my work on a ‘project’ basis. I tend to view it all in terms of a general artistic trajectory; it’s almost something that is living, and constantly evolving and changing. It never really stops. There have been different artistic phases, that I’ve gone through. When I have exhibitions, they sometimes help bracket the different periods.


Birds fly South 

What do you find inspiring and how would you describe your lifestyle?

I tend to be inspired by a mixture of art, music, literature, personal events, general news and human history. I go through different phases in which I tend to get interested in different things, but I find I constantly return to similar themes and subjects. I try to maintain a fairly simple lifestyle. I’ve never been the most social person, so tend to spend as much time in my studio as possible. I would rather stay in my studio then go out and party. I can party on my own while I work. And when I do go out, or have to travel, I always have art supplies and pieces with me that I can work on. I try to become my own portable studio. To me being an artist is about creating.


Developing a God complex

What would you probably be today if you hadn’t followed your dreams of doing what you do, or what is your actual dream?

It’s hard to imagine. I don’t really know, but hopefully I’d still be doing creative activities. Before finding myself in visual art, I also attempted music, playing in a few bands, and also a small amount of theatre. But visual art was what gave me the most satisfaction. It was something I could do by myself, on my own terms, which allowed me to create as much as I like – all the time, if possible.



Artists and events: can you tell us the most interesting that you’ve found in your career until now?

I guess I’ve become interested in how the Internet is changing the dynamics of visual art.  It’s has become such a great way to see and to share art and artistic ideas across the globe. The great artistic movements of history generally seemed to come about because of new technologies and increased mobility, I think the internet allows for that. When I started painting and drawing there wasn’t that sort of artistic delivery device yet. I think that change has been the most interesting thing I’ve seen in my career. It’s much more easy for an artwork to be seen by others, and again it’s less dependent on galleries and other traditional viewing manners. I think I see a lot more art due to the web, and various social sharing platforms. Hopefully art can play a greater roll in our day-to-day lives; I know it does to me. I definitely see the art that most excites me online.


Problems with beasts 

The place where you were born, the place where you live, the best place where you traveled with your work: can you tell us something that only you know to describe them?

I grew up in a very small town, in Manitoba, Canada. It is in central Canada towards the west; a flat prairie landscape. When I was about 20 I moved across the country to Montreal, Quebec, which is very different. I’ve lived here ever since. I actually try to limit my traveling, as I prefer to be closer to the studio. When I do need to travel I tend to carry a lot of supplies and unfinished works with me; thus I become a portable studio.  I do have a small list of places I want to visit, mostly to photograph and to draw at.  


Studio Walls


In Studio


Unwanted Intrusion

Text by: Carolina Gestri