Re­becca Léveillé

ImagineFX - - Fantastic Figures - Lo­ca­tion: US Web: www.rleveille.com Me­dia: Oil, gold leaf, resin on board, can­vas and ma­sonite

Ev­ery paint­ing needs an ‘in’, a fo­cal point that the viewer can en­gage with be­fore de­con­struct­ing the rest of the im­age. For Re­becca, that’s the fig­ure, which “is part of an emo­tional lan­guage I use to at­tach the viewer,” she says. The use of ex­ag­ger­a­tion is key.

The trick is keep­ing the essence of what she first sees in her sub­ject all the way to the fin­ished piece. “Some­times things can get lost when the artist doesn’t make choices that keep the work from strictly ad­her­ing to the model or ref­er­ence,” she says. “Things can be­come static and even if it’s aca­dem­i­cally strong, can be stiff and with­out spirit. The chal­lenge is get­ting to know the rules of the form through many hours of prac­tice un­til the form of the fig­ure be­comes a fluid tool.”

As for her fig­ure’s re­la­tion­ship with their sur­round­ings, as in life there’s no clear an­swer. “I’m very much want­ing to deal with the light and dark of emo­tional mo­ments. My fig­ures have a sense of con­trol, but it’s not al­ways com­fort­able.”

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