Monday, September 28, 2015

Frenchy's Paintings on Display at the Public Library.

Frenchy's Paintings on Display

Aurelien Tremblay (Frenchy)  was born in Quebec, Canadian. For many years he worked in different positions in Canada and the United States, having been a steeplejack, bridge painter, sand blaster, and house painter. In 1978, he met his wife and they were married for 26 years until she died in 2005. They had a beautiful life together as demonstrated in one last gift.  Before her death, she put together a box and placed it in the closet for him to discover.  After her passing, she appeared to “Frenchy” in a dream and said it was time for him to open the box.  Inside he discovered all the necessary supplies to paint fine art.  Immediately he began painting at his home in North Carolina and has not stopped since. He paints folk art and believes that he has one foot in past eras with one foot in the present.  All his art tells a story of the heart.

As intriguing as his background, many of Frenchy’s paintings tell intriguing stories and one that stirs the viewer’s own imagination.  Many of his paintings also show a certain naivety reminiscent of Grandma Moses with their rural scenes incorporating the past with people communing with nature. His themes of death and spiritualism can evoke some interesting thought as well.   However more modern psychological themes are not ignored by the painter. Yet all his themes are timeless and universal.   His painting style is not only attractive but also colorful.  I enjoyed the two painting of seashore themes, a small village and another of a sailing ship and lighthouse.  Other paintings are set as a dusky darkness sets in with folks gathered around an open fire outside.   Frenchy’s painting will be on display until the week of October 9, 2015. 

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