Santerre has received international acclaim for his work. His “Grace Kelly” is being added to Prince Albert of Monaco’s private collection, and his “Pinocchio” won bronze medal at the Vatican in 2014. In 2015, he will be showing at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris and at the Beffroi Museum in Bruges, before ending the year exposing at Romania’s Palace of Parliament in Bucharest. He has previously exposed at Miami’s Red Dot Art Fair, part of Miami Art Week.
Santerre’s extrapolation of Cambronne, a French General during the Napoleonic era, created for and with Mylène Paquette during her historic journey across the Atlantic Ocean has attracted international attention - most of Santerre’s works are acquired by private and corporate collectors as soon as they become available.
Santerre’s work is best left classified by the person looking at it. Into it. Through it. A clever, intuitive blend of surrealism, spirituality and social insight is carefully blended into every figurative expression.
Every work explores the reality of the main subject while simultaneously representing a collage of engaging, thought-provoking, even irreverent images and an alternate intellectual or emotional road. A logical, visual exploration of things we feel we already know, yet have somehow forgotten.
Recognizing the main subject is only the beginning; it is intuitively followed by the observation of images within; a playful, mesmerizing collage of fractioned ideas. The eye is another creature, is another face, becomes a tree. The flow of superimposed ideas is both linear and undetermined; the viewer can dive deep into the imagery or stay at the surface, though few resist the challenge.
Both unpredictable and sincere, a Santerre vision is not so much a desire to put onto canvas the unpredictable images of dreams, as Dali so famously did, but instead provides the viewer with his or her own sense of suspended imagination and inner storytelling.
Through his work – and true to his Montreal roots – Santerre takes the viewer for a ride into his bare, honest imaginary world, where the fantastic meets the grotesque meets the exceptional commonality of the pieces that become the final image.
Santerre. The image within.
Santerre is a Montreal-based artist of international renown whose colorful works consist of superimposed images and ideas infused with allegories, satire and depth – works that can be simultaneously dark and light-hearted. A clever, intuitive blend of surrealism, spirituality and social insight is carefully blended into every figurative expression.
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