*Mat Dubé 's exhibition Land Locked is on display at Wall Space Gallery in Westboro village from June 10 - 26, 2016
Mat Dubé is a professional Canadian visual artist whose work has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally. In 2014 he was nominated for the RBC/Council for the Arts in Ottawa Emerging Artist Award and had his first international solo exhibit at the Institut für Alles Mögliche in Berlin, Germany. Other solo exhibits include The Ottawa Art Gallery/Art Rental, Council for the Arts in Ottawa and Gloucester Gallery (now known as The Trinity Gallery). He has completed in depth studies in life drawing and bronze casting at the Ottawa School of Art and has received a diploma with honorary mention in classical animation drawing at Ottawa’s Algonquin College. Since 2013, Dubé participated in artist residency programmes at Elsewhere Studios, (Colorado), Artscape, (Toronto), Listhus, (Ólafsfjördur, Iceland), the Institut für Alles Mögliche, (Berlin, Germany) and Jiwar, (Barcelona, Spain).
"I am a contemporary figurative artist whose primary mode of expression is the human form. I try to illustrate the subtle facial expressions and simple hand gestures that take shape beyond consciousness. These tell the stories that we might not want to tell and expose our feelings without us necessarily being aware. The characters I create are shaped by an endless flow of deeply rooted thoughts, questions, fears and insecurities. After working on sculpture, painting and drawing separately for many years, I have recently developed a new technique allowing me to merge these mediums together in a two-dimensional space. This unique process was created out of a long time desire to breathe life and colour into my sculpture work. The resulting paintings seem to trick the eye while creating the illusion of a 3rd dimension."