Jean Labourdette (Turf One) - "As Above So Below" - oil on panel, antique sunburst frame - 45.7 x 45.7cm (18"x18")
Oil on panel, antique sunburst frame
45.7 x 45.7 cm (18" x 18")
Jean Labourdette AKA Turf One (Canada) is somewhat obsessed with Russian icons, dead things, carnival sideshows, seedy theatre stages and Victorian-looking midgets sporting dandy facial hair. Technically, his paintings are reminiscent of the 15th-century Flemish Primitives. Labourdette has forged a unique artistic vision and signature aesthetic over years of compulsive creation. He got his start in the late 1980s as a graffiti artist in Paris, gaining renown for his distinctive and surreal characters. He evolved into a prolific and sought-after artist working as an illustrator, comic artist, filmmaker and painter. Since the early 2000s he has dedicated himself to painting full time. Turf One’s work has hung in such prestigious venues as Yves Laroche Gallery (Montreal), Jonathan LeVine Gallery (New York), La Halle St-Pierre Museum (Paris), Thinkspace Gallery (Los Angeles), Copro Gallery (Los Angeles), the Art Basel in Miami Beach and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.