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This portrait gives off a festive carnival atmosphere surrounded by mystery about the character.

Interpretation of the work by the artist;

This painting is the second in a series of portraits entitled “Carnaval de Martinique”. This miniseries of identical medium format canvases is inspired by memories of trips to Martinique and centers around some of the typical Martinican carnival characters. The pictorial language used for the characters is inspired by pointillism and interpreted in a contemporary way where the colors are essentially mixed on the palette and applied to the canvas in the form of small individual touches, either juxtaposed or superimposed. This acrylic portrait made with a painting knife represents a female character wearing a mask and participating in the Sainte-Luce carnival parade in Martinique. I was inspired by the play of shadows and light that the mask casts on the character's face, but also by the mystery surrounding the person wearing it, who they really are. The use of masks allows the participant to slip into the skin of another character during the party...

Technical data


Series: Carnival of Martinique

Title of the painting: Carnival 2

Artist: Luc Fortier
Year of completion: 2022
Location: Montreal
Theme : Portrait
Style: Contemporary Pointillism
Medium : Acrylic on canvas
Technique : knife painting
Original work size: 24 x 24 x 1.5 in, (61 x 61 x 3.8 cm)
Support: Canvas mounted on gallery frame
Hanging system included: Iron wire at the back
Dominant colours: shades of blue and pink

Carnival 2

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