By Dorota Kozinska

 
Born in Red Deer Alberta, in 1966, Mark Lang lives and works in Montreal. His latest paintings are on display at Galerie de Bellefeuille, which has represented him for many years.

Among the already familiar quasi-historical paintings teeming with personages from art history as well as from Lang's entourage of friends and family, mingling and conversing in a virtual timeless setting, are a series of smaller portraits that use the same formula but in a somewhat more playful manner.

Calling them Anachronistic Portraits, Lang presents an image of a famous artist painted in the style of another famous painter.

MARK LANG
Galerie de Bellefeuille
1367, avenue Greene
Montreal
Until September 20, 2016
debellefeuille.com(lien externe)

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Photo credits:

Anachronistic Portrait
(Jackson/Cézanne), 2016
Oil on Canvas,
60.96 x 60.96 cm
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Anachronistic Portrait
(Marcel/da Vinci), 2016
Oil on canvas,
60.96 x 60.96 cm
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Anachronistic Portrait
(Francis/Van Gogh), 2016
Oil on canvas
60.96 x 60.96 cm
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Anachronistic Portrait
(Louise/Gentileschi), 2016
Oil on canvas
60.96 x 60.96 cm

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Thus you may come upon a portrait of Andy Warhol painted in the Renaissance tradition of Holbein, or you may stop transfixed before an image of Francis Bacon against the starry, starry sky of Vincent Van Gogh.

Not all these hybrid portraits work. The combination of David with Picasso is somewhat grotesque, while Van Gogh posed against the inky background of Van Eyck's paintings loses some of the time/space playfulness.

Mark Lang's virtual world is hugely entertaining albeit at the expense of further pictorial development.

 














Anachronistic Portrait
(Balthasar/Della Francesca), 2016
Oil on canvas
60.96 x 60.96 cm
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Anachronistic Portrait
(Vincent/Van Eyck), 2016
Oil on canvas
60.96 x 60.96 cm
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Anachronistic Portrait
(_David/Picasso_), 2016
Oil on canvas
60.96 x 60.96
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Anachronistic Portrait
(_Frida/Gauguin_), 2016
Oil on canvas
60.96 x 60.96

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