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Press kit - Press release - Solo exposition - L'écorce du temps - Alexandre Masino

Solo exposition – L’écorce du temps

Montreal, Canada

Alexandre Masino

From August 29 to October 20, 2013


Montreal, Canada, 2013-09-24 –

The N.D.G. maison de la culture presents from August 29th to October 20th 2013, L’écorce du temps, a solo exhibition by Alexandre Masino. The artist’s paintings border between mimesis and invention; responding to observed reality, memory and imaginative perception. For the present exhibition, the painter proposes a series of landscapes in which the versatility and the richness of encaustic painting are put forward in various works painted on panel, on mounted books and of monotypes on japenese paper.


Alexandre Masino’s paintings border between mimesis and invention; responding to observed reality, memory and imaginative perception. The transition between what is real, remembered or imagined creates a fertile territory for the artist, fully understanding that art derives from art. The journey undertaken by the artist is not only a journey through the world but beyond time. The continent that we travel is the continent of art where human history and experience are fundamental.

Masino’s approach is foremost pictorial and is deeply rooted in the constant metamorphosis inherent to the physical act of looking. A painting must offer many different realities according to the distance from which it is viewed and the ambient lighting hitting the surface. Many painters have evoked this very instant when the painting “rises”, when it “happens” and suddenly takes all its meaning. In Masino’s work this moment may only happen when one takes the time to look and place the subject in relation with the background, the light with the shadows, the image and the surface, and all these elements in relation with the complete picture.

Masino creates encaustic paintings where the richness, sensuality and versatility of the medium echo a minimal and contemplative imagery. Whether he uses landscapes, still lifes or nudes, we can relate his subject matters to some “intimate immensity”. His use of encaustic, with its physicality, impasto and transparencies, allows him to create figurative works in which the gesture, the actual act of painting, is just as important and meaningful as the depicted subject. In this regard we can feel that he is compelled by the inevitable dualism between matter and meaning that we find at the core of painting. Consequently his work focuses on this infinite moment where these realities oscillate.

Over the past twenty years, Alexandre Masino’s works have been presented in more then fifty solo and group exhibitions in public and commercial galleries across Canada, the United States and Europe. Born in Montreal in 1972, he was awarded a B.F.A. with honours in Studio Art from Concordia University in 1996. His tableaux and monotypes are recognized as references in the field of encaustic painting, having been included in curated shows and publications. Masino regularly teaches at the International Encaustic Conference in Massachusetts. He has also been invited to exhibit and teach a masterclass at R&F Handmade Paints in Kingston, New York. Masino’s works can be found in various public and private collections throughout North America and Europe. Upcoming projects include a solo exhibition in 2014 at the Christine Klassen Gallery in Calgary.



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Press kit | 1094-01 - Press release | Solo exposition - L'écorce du temps - Alexandre Masino - Event + Exhibition - L'écorce du temps, vue d’intallation  - Photo credit: Richard-Max Tremblay

L’écorce du temps, vue d’intallation

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Richard-Max Tremblay

Press kit | 1094-01 - Press release | Solo exposition - L'écorce du temps - Alexandre Masino - Event + Exhibition - Transfigurations, 2011Encaustique sur panneau / Encaustic on pannel31.5” x 96” / 80 x 244 cm - Photo credit: Alexandre Masino

Transfigurations, 2011Encaustique sur panneau / Encaustic on pannel31.5” x 96” / 80 x 244 cm

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Alexandre Masino

Press kit | 1094-01 - Press release | Solo exposition - L'écorce du temps - Alexandre Masino - Event + Exhibition - Poussières d’étoiles (Sakura), 2011Encaustique sur panneau / Encaustic on pannel45” x 89” / 114 x 227 cm - Photo credit: Alexandre Masino

L’écorce du temps, vue d’intallation

Photo credit:
Alexandre Masino

Press kit | 1094-01 - Press release | Solo exposition - L'écorce du temps - Alexandre Masino - Event + Exhibition - Poussières d’étoiles (Sakura), Détail - Photo credit: Alexandre Masino

Poussières d’étoiles (Sakura), Détail

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Alexandre Masino

Press kit | 1094-01 - Press release | Solo exposition - L'écorce du temps - Alexandre Masino - Event + Exhibition - L'écorce du temps, vue d’intallation  - Photo credit: Richard-Max Tremblay

L’écorce du temps, vue d’intallation

Photo credit:
Richard-Max Tremblay

Press kit | 1094-01 - Press release | Solo exposition - L'écorce du temps - Alexandre Masino - Event + Exhibition - Le chant de silence I, 2012Monotype à l'encaustique sur papier Gampi / Encaustic monotype on Gampi paper23” x 34.5” / 58 x 88 cm - Photo credit: Alexandre Masino

Le chant de silence I, 2012Monotype à l’encaustique sur papier Gampi / Encaustic monotype on Gampi paper23” x 34.5” / 58 x 88 cm

Photo credit:
Alexandre Masino

Press kit | 1094-01 - Press release | Solo exposition - L'écorce du temps - Alexandre Masino - Event + Exhibition - L'écorce du temps, vue d’intallation  - Photo credit: Richard-Max Tremblay

L’écorce du temps, vue d’intallation

Photo credit:
Richard-Max Tremblay

Press kit | 1094-01 - Press release | Solo exposition - L'écorce du temps - Alexandre Masino - Event + Exhibition - L’écorce du temps (Ehon), 2012Encaustique, fusain et clous antiques sur livre monté sur panneau / Encaustic, charcoal and antique nails on book on panel14.25” x 22.75” / 36 x 58cm - Photo credit: Alexandre Masino

L’écorce du temps (Ehon), 2012Encaustique, fusain et clous antiques sur livre monté sur panneau / Encaustic, charcoal and antique nails on book on panel14.25” x 22.75” / 36 x 58cm

Photo credit:
Alexandre Masino

Press kit | 1094-01 - Press release | Solo exposition - L'écorce du temps - Alexandre Masino - Event + Exhibition - Entre ciel et terre (Ehon), 2013Encaustique et fusain sur livre monté sur panneau / Encaustic and charcoal on book on panel, 14.25” x 22.75” / 36 x 58cm - Photo credit: Richard-Max Tremblay

Entre ciel et terre (Ehon), 2013Encaustique et fusain sur livre monté sur panneau / Encaustic and charcoal on book on panel, 14.25” x 22.75” / 36 x 58cm

Photo credit:
Richard-Max Tremblay

Press kit | 1094-01 - Press release | Solo exposition - L'écorce du temps - Alexandre Masino - Event + Exhibition - Cette marée de pierre III, 2012Monotype à l'encaustique sur papier Gampi / Encaustic monotype on Gampi paper23” x 34.5” / 58 x 88 cm - Photo credit: Alexandre Masino

Cette marée de pierre III, 2012Monotype à l’encaustique sur papier Gampi / Encaustic monotype on Gampi paper23” x 34.5” / 58 x 88 cm

Photo credit:
Alexandre Masino



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