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Behind Luc Bouchard’s Perception, a collection of art painted by a make-up icon


February 26, 2011/3.36

Luc Bouchard
Luc Bouchard
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Above Canadian artist Luc Bouchard; in the lower photograph, Lucire beauty editor Reiva Cruze talks to him.

A unique collection of paintings was presented for the public to enjoy at Space on White in lower Manhattan during the fall 2011 Fashion Week. Using mainly acrylic paints with a few hints of actual make-up, Luc Bouchard has created a visual world of depth and colour that takes us on his extraordinary journey of faces and perception. He’s made such a beautifully executed transition from the face to the canvas by using his 26 years’ expertise looking at and painting faces. His work on canvas is colourful, dramatic, and, yet, familiar. The core behind each piece is clearly within the eyes. Eyes so deep, you find yourself staring into them, searching for what is possibly the artist’s own perception.
   Luc Bouchard has not only been an inspiration to me as a make-up artist during this past decade, but an icon. His flawless style and artistic control make his every stroke appear effortless and the outcome, memorizing. It’s been a privilege watching him work backstage at Fashion Week as well as at private workshops and classes held at the MAC Pro Store here in New York City.
   I had the opportunity to chat with Bouchard during his exhibit at Space on White, attempting to delve into his own artistic influences and inspiration.
   ‘I try to get a sense of the underlying passions in people and enhance it; hope, dreams, sorrow, despair, sadness … revealed by the layering colours of their souls,’ Bouchard says of his collection.
   I enjoyed his work as much as I enjoyed watching the many faces that came to admire and pay tribute to this remarkably talented artist and the next step in his career.—Reiva Cruze, New York Beauty Editor

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