Travelling through Aimé L’Heureux’s paintings

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Melfort-based artist Aimé L’Heureux is seen next to a few of his Caribbean-themed paintings currently up at Amy’s on Second. 

To walk through Prince Albert’s Amy’s on Second restaurant is to travel the world with Melfort-based artist Aimé L’Heureux.

 

Mainly focused on scenery, L’Heureux’s paintings feature inspiration from the various locations he’s visited -- from Saskatchewan to the Caribbean to Vancouver Island.

“People walk around blind most of the time -- they don’t’ really see anything,” he said. “This is to show the ordinary things -- how they really look like to the artist.”

Although he’s lived in Melfort for about five years, he’s spent time in Winnipeg Beach, a small cottage community in Manitoba, Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island and Turks and Caicos -- Caribbean islands where his son works.

Each wall of Amy’s on Second features a different area of the world that L’Heureux has been – a subjective experience he’s decided to pass on through his art.

L’Heureux said that he’s been interested in art since he was about 10 years old, when his mother bought him a set of oil paints.

His subsequent career as a graphic artist has helped mould the way he sees the world.

“I see something that I can sort of design a painting around,” he said – a central focus the eye is drawn to from which it can move to experience the balance of the painting.

“I don’t really consider them mathematical, but there’s a basis for them that I work on.”

L’Heureux’s paintings will remain on display at Amy’s on Second until late May.

For more on his work, visit his website, online at http://aimelheureux.artspan.com.

Geographic location: Caribbean, Vancouver Island, Saskatchewan Melfort Winnipeg Lake Manitoba Lake Cowichan

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