Paul Béliveau’s precisely rendered hyper realistic paintings bring together literary and historical subjects and figures. His series “Vanitas” builds facades of book spines that house interconnected titles. Béliveau’s work creates a conversation between the visible and invisible. In the series “Autodafés” broken spines and burnt pages create paintings that feel like relics of the past.
"By openly integrating into the compositions an iconography from the past and proceeding through citation and retrospection, he reveals the phenomenon of metamorphosis upon which imagination itself is based. In this way he brings to light the very principles of the mechanics of creation. Imagination, which consists as it were in the transfer of a perceptible representation onto an image belonging to another reality, thus sees itself in the presented. Consequently it is not the images themselves but the unique process of creative development which accords Paul Bliveau's works their originality." (Dany Quine, L'oeuvre du temps)
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