Relentless 3, 2015
oil on canvas
36 x 48 inches
Title: ASSASSINS IN APE CITY
Artist: Jean Paul Langlois
Dates: August 18 – September 14, 2017
Location: Cartems Donuterie (534 W Pender St)
Reception: August 18, 2017 from 7:00-9:00pm
Artist’s Website: www.jeanpaullanglois.ca
These paintings are a diary of films I watch and books I read. Philip K Dick, Cormac McCarthy, spaghetti westerns, Planet of the Apes cartoons, gladiator and samurai movies. I fill my days with this departed pop culture. I find inspiration in it and appropriate from it. The ideas examined are as relevant as ever. Fear, racism, murder, genocide, the de-evolution of society and the destruction of the planet. These themes are struggled with by ape militia and orangutans in the same way as gunslinging assassins and samurai lords. Also, they all look cool holding guns and sitting on horses.
Jean Paul Langlois is a Metis artist who paints from his home studio in east Vancouver. Influenced by pop art, neo-expressionism and Saturday morning cartoons, he paints large canvases in heavily saturated, contrasting colours. The subject matter of his paintings is informed by cinema, especially westerns. While the themes examined in his work include violence and racism, the images are often bright and beautiful. His Fake Indians series looks at the misrepresentation of indigenous people in film and television as well as the alienation from his own aboriginal heritage.