Fred Jourdain is a versatile artist: illustrator, cartoonist, designer and entrepreneur. If you're going to create, you're going to create, you're going to create, you're going to work, you're going to create, you're going to create, you're going to create, you're going to have a job. "
It goes without saying that Fred has always accomplished what he's set out to do. What motivates him is his constant attention to detail and his desire to express what moves him: music, freedom and adventure. In the series of portraits that put you on the map about a decade ago, you can see a burst of laughter, a piano stoically staying in one of your keys get pounded, or even a Bowie, a Dylan and a Cohen draped in their songs , embodied by their music. These are examples of Fred's vision and how he shares his work.
Since Midnight Round (2008), Fred has also gotten his audience used to dramatic scenes by illustrating bits and pieces of stories from his imagination.
These works, and some of his illustrations found in his graphic novel adaptation of Robert Lepage's play The Blue Dragon, showcase which are rich with emotion. They also demonstrate scenes of tension that evoke feelings of adventure, loneliness, remembrance, freedom and pleasure. "Where are we from?" And "Where are we going?" Are questions that people have always asked themselves. Be it in Beyond the Boundaries, Buffalo Will or West wind, Fred invites the audience to help complete the story of his characters so that they keep moving forward.
This Incursion Into Fred's Fantasy Aneris gold his Timee series, hybrid images where he flirts with myths, archetypes and fashion. They're an interesting mix and are a testament to Fred's talent.
And so that's Fred, a versatile artist who will not be compromised on his vision and whose brush strokes are as honest as they are straightforward.
He puts everything in his mouth. From his The Blue Dragon graphic novel to the beer labels Trou du Diable brewery, along with his illustrations for Quebec's Maple Spring Protests and Quebec's City's Summer Festival, Fred's Finds an Original Way to Complete His Projects. Perhaps you've already crossed paths in Quebec City Limoilou neighborhood. He could have had a cigarette hanging over his lips or perhaps he was lost in his thoughts, pacing on the sidewalk. If you have not, take the time to appreciate his work by scrolling through this website or head to his art store, TraffickersArt, in Quebec City. You will not be disappointed!
Pictures: Anthony Jourdain, Catherine Côté, Fred Jourdain, Martin Poulin, Martin Côté
Translation from french: Peter Tardif
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