Rock Therrien creates upbeat paintings in which iconic characters take centre stage in a vintage setting highlighted with touches of luminous neon. After 20 years as a successful artist, he has exhibited his work all over the world, and his formidable international following includes private collectors, prestigious corporations, and celebrities including Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg and Gordon Ramsay.
“PAINTING NEVER SEEMED OBVIOUS TO ME, BUT WHEN IT CATCHES HOLD OF YOU, IT PUSHES YOU TO GO FURTHER AND TO ENTER INTO THE HEART OF BOTH YOURSELF AND OTHERS”.
Today, he primarily creates paintings featuring familiar characters in amusing and wacky situations in which viewers can often recognise themselves. For each painting, Therrien conceives a situation that he sketches on canvas beforehand. He then works the materials and colours using a painting technique that he developed over time. Sanding his paintings creates a highly textured surface and reinforces the idea that his characters live in a bygone era.