Artist Spotlight : Jean Paul Langlois
Jean Paul Langlois is currently based in Vancouver, but he has his roots on the island and is no stranger to our Arts and Music scene. We wanted to feature him in a spotlight to showcase his newest work and congratulate him on his recent successes. The new show, entitled “Fake Indians” draws source material from spaghetti westerns and depicts white actors depicting indian characters. The paintings bright pastel neo expressionist style highlight the synthetic nature of the stereotypes portrayed in the movies but also speaks to JP’s own disconnection with his Metis heritage. “I carry a card in my wallet identifying myself as an aboriginal person but Have virtually no connection to the culture or history of those first peoples. I feel as disconnected from that reality as William Shatner in White Comanche… I’m a fake indian too.” Yet there is a reverence in the paintings- seeming to reflect the artists own affection for the movie genre. Jean Paul calls them out as fake all the while revelling in the bravado of the hollywood depictions.
His newest solo exhibition got its first showing in Vancouver at the Make Gallery when JP was announced as their summer artist in residence. It is currently showing in Chicago IL. until April at the I Paint My Mind Gallery. There are also three pieces on display right here in Victoria at the Trounce Alley Gallery