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As a young boy Rene Gagnon had dreams of being a gallery artist. In those dreams he would attend large-scale exhibitions that included art that didn’t exist in the real world. He realized it was his art for the taking. It just didn’t exist. Yet.
The question Rene wrangled with during his adolescence was how he would go about creating the work to fulfill those blurry nighttime visions. He always knew he had to develop something tangible.
The graffiti movement of the early 80’s marked Rene’s first real devotion to an art form. He was a prolific writer from 1986 through 1994. Then after many brushes with the law he attended college, it was here that he discovered a link between graffiti mark making and the abstract expressionist movement. This discovery and subsequent hundreds of paintings he created spanning two decades developed a truly original style he coined “Post-Graffiti Abstract Expressionism.”
Rene continued his creative journey by being an integral part of the early street art movement, utilizing stencils and pasted imagery to have his voice heard. He has since spent the last decade developing a multilayered approach to making art by melding his traditional art training, graffiti art, and street art into one form.
In all this time Rene has come to realize that to truly fulfill his childhood dreams he must do what makes him most happy, and that’s pushing the limits of every artistic medium he can get his paint-covered hands on.
Rene continues to hold true to his diverse artistic personality. By never settling on any one style, he continues to push paint, and his process, daily. This never ending journey of experimentation keeps him fresh and motivated, and he vows that every time he passes the threshold of his studio he does something different.
aerosol on canvas
Don't Park Between My WiFi
aerosol on street sign
WiFi or Die
aerosol on canvas