SylT lives and works in Montreal. A Print designer by day and autodidact painter, SylT explores colour, texture and beauty through his vibrant collage portraiture. There are two parts to his creative process. The artist begins by finding and photographing natural forms, shapes, textures and colours that catch his eye. He then selects a striking female to be his muse, either a strong contemporary woman, a fashion icon or a remarkable historical figure.
I start by finding inspiration, which can truly come from anywhere. I will take pictures of anything that inspires me in terms of shape, of forms, of texture, and store them on my phone. I will then look for a female portrait – indeed those portraits are, in my opinion, the best medium for me to paint my art.
SylT: The Process of bringing his Queens to life
Once I have chosen the portrait in which I can reflect what I wish to express, I will use an array of digital applications in order to add the texture and the colours that react to what I have in mind. This part of the process is the longest as I need to try multiple combinations of colours and textures before I will be satisfied. However, the work is far from done, in fact, that’s when “the fun begins”!
I will print the digitally modified portraits onto my canvas, and then start a more traditional artistic process, using acrylic, collage, aerosol paints and paint stripper in the canvas to work as perfectly as possible with the physical and visual properties of the wood. I then polish my work as much as necessary, often taking a short period of time off, in order to reflect on the work and come back at a later moment with a different vision for my piece.
SylT and Nature
I often go into the forest in order to gather objects such as feather, leaves, wood, and incorporate them into my paintings to add depth and true meaning to my design.
My artistic work is very much rooted in nature and influenced by the essence of its femininity. My inspiration is, therefore, a combination of nature’s bountiful beauty and my vision of womanhood as reflected in our humanity.
Combining the tangible and digital worlds, SylT finds his inspiration in both the beauty of the natural world and its feminine psyche. Through a process that begins in the digital realm and ends with the artist’s careful hand, the images are transformed into hypnotic, ephemeral portraiture.
Mixed Media Approach
The Artist creates arresting, mixed media, portraits that demand the viewers’ attention, employing an array of digital applications to add motion and depth to his portraits. Then, taking a more traditional artistic approach to his work, he uses acrylic and aerosol paints, mixed media and collaging techniques, and finally, on occasion, paint stripper to alter and enhance the physical and visual properties of his works which are then transformed into hypnotic, ephemeral portraiture.
“What inspires me is nature; when I feel in touch with nature I notice all the shapes, the textures, and the colours surrounding me. It is truly inspiring. This is the first step in my creative process.” SylT.
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