Friday, March 21, 2008
Heidi Taillefer: Muses and Heroes
April 5 - May 10
Opening reception with the artist: Saturday, April 5
Irvine Contemporary is pleased to present the first US solo exhibition by Montreal-based artist Heidi Taillefer. Taillefer's oil paintings on canvas and panel are an original creative fusion of realism and surrealism combined with popular traditions ranging from illustration and manga to Victorian romanticism. Her striking imagery combines painterly surrealism with the latest cyborg fantasies--Max Ernst meets The Matrix. Preview images.
About the Artist
Heidi Taillefer began drawing at the age of 3, and after a decade of private art lessons, she began pursuing careers in both fine art and illustration. After studying at McGill University, Taillefer dove into the deep wells of Surrealism and Symbolist painting, illustration and comic styles, and all the variations of cyborg imagery. She developed a style in oils and acrylics known for a fusion of mechanical and organic imagery and the appropriation of symbolic styles. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, and she also designs book, album, and magazine covers. She has exhibited her paintings through venues across North America, including the McAllen International Museum of Art and Science in McAllen, Texas, and she is well-known for having designed the internationally recognized image of "Dralion" for the Cirque du Soleil.