In this digital age and era of virtual reality, artist Arcade Latour offers intriguing works of intense color created through the use of the age-old medium that is printer’s ink. Latour discovered this medium and its potential while still a teenager. Fascinated by the intensity of these colors and the density of their texture, he made it his mission to explore and master its possibilities.
An accomplished graphic artist, Arcade Latour lays on canvass an entire universe of forms and colors that eventually gain a raised texture and relief. His paintings, initially perceived as a comprehensive and captivating ensemble, soon reveal projections and ledges that unveil fascinating details.
It was among the discarded inks of a neighborhood print shop that, as a youngster, Arcade Latour discovered a new, magical medium offering vibrant colors and thick, malleable textures.
Thus, on cardboard brought back by his father from the menswear store where he worked, the young Arcade started experimenting with ink. He was at once fascinated by the wondrous forms and colors that his deft fingers were able to coax from this unexpected medium. From then on, ink was not to leave Arcade Latour’s existence.
With spontaneous strokes of his spatula, Arcade Latour transfers movement to the canvas. Occasionally fluid, sometimes flexible, these strokes compel the viewer to undertake an unaccustomed exploration of the totality of the canvas. Details emerge that might have escaped our notice at first glance, capturing our attention and bringing us to try and understand how this is all possible. Then, in contrast, clean and continuous lines reveal a structure that impresses by its opacity and by irregular textures that entice the fingers into yearning for a tactile caress.
Allowing our eyes to gaze inside each form, we discern breathtaking transparencies and relief sceneries. Ultimately, the exercise will have brought the viewer to contemplate the work in a novel, unsuspected manner that will forever characterize the way in which it is encountered.
Undeniably, every one of our senses will have been stimulated in the discovery of a work of art created by Arcade Latour.