Down to Earth

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Jacinthe Lamontagne-Lecomte has a delightful air around her – she’s charming, elegant and sophisticated. We can tell she’s got an eye for detail.

The artist has travelled across Asia, visiting Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, India, China and Malaysia, and her new exhibition, Earth Tones, showcases the people she has met along the way.

Lamontagne-Lecomte transfers actual photos onto canvas using mixed media including water and newspapers to create the masterpieces in this collection, on display at The Corridor at the Grand Hyatt.

This style of artwork begins as a photograph, which the artist adds a variety of materials to, to create interesting textures and colours. In some cases, the original piece is completely transformed.

“The materials I use in my art vary,” Lamontagne-Lecomte says. “I’ll use anything from paint, newspaper, ink and gesso [a canvas primer] to silk wax, foil paper, oil and even coffee.”

Earth Tones perfectly complements the hotel’s popular Thai restaurant, Isaan. And one of the artist’s muses in this collection, Supansa, happens to be a member of staff at the eatery. “I was delighted to be given the opportunity to create a piece based on Supansa, Isaan’s assistant manager,” Lamontagne-Lecomte says. “Supansa immediately caught my eye and I knew straight away her face would make the perfect work of art.”

Supansa’s portrait (the lead image pictured above) is striking and contemplative (if you look for long enough she can seem like she might be judging you a bit…).

Another of Lamontagne-Lecomte’s pieces, Red Riding Hood, which is also on display, has been accepted by the Artbox Project in New York and will be shown on a big screen from Monday March 5 to Friday 16.

Part of the Hyatt Thrive project, The Corridor was an initiative launched by the Grand Hyatt Doha in 2015, to offer a unique, public, gallery space for artists based locally who wish to exhibit their work to Doha residents and international visitors.
Free. March 5-16, 24 hours. The Corridor, Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4448 1234).

By Time Out Doha staff
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