Willy Le Maitre

Drawing from his background in painting and time-based art forms, Willy Le Maitre (b. 1965, Montreal, Canada) arranges snapshots into densely layered compositions that allude to the three-dimensional and seem to propel us through space.

Le Maitre plays off the aesthetic of street photography, transforming his subjects, places, and anecdotal scenes into poetic assemblages: a fleet of taxicabs merge with the spoils of a mushrooms foray; two lovers appear in sun-dappled puddles that drift into a waterfall; the dismantling of an art fair interleaves with a child's sofa fort. They are kinetic photographs built from casual glimpses and in a state of constant flux; intermingling images observed, thought, remembered and dreamed.

Artworks

Willy Le Maitre,

Folk fc,

2016,

65 × 48 ⅜ in (165.10 × 122.87 cm)

3D lenticular print

Willy Le Maitre,

tied eye openings,

2019,

48 × 36 in (121.92 × 91.44 cm)

Lenticular pigment-based inkjet print and acrylic mounted on aluminum

Willy Le Maitre,

waverly strata,

2019,

48 × 36 in (121.92 × 91.44 cm)

Lenticular pigment-based inkjet print and acrylic mounted on aluminum

Willy Le Maitre,

Deep-Street-Details (left and right views),

2016,

3D-stereo projection installation

Willy Le Maitre,

Voltare,

2015,

49 × 68 ½ in (124.46 × 173.99 cm)

Lenticular print

Willy Le Maitre,

Outlier,

2015,

42 ½ × 36 in (107.95 × 91.44 cm)

Lenticular Print

Willy Le Maitre,

Bubbles,

2015,

48 × 36 in (121.92 × 91.44 cm)

3D lenticular print

Willy Le Maitre,

blue poles coupe,

2016,

64 × 48 in (162.56 × 121.92 cm)

3D lenticular print

Willy Le Maitre,

Lens Bud,

2014,

24 ¼ × 26 ¼ in (61.595 × 66.675 cm)

3D lenticular print

Willy Le Maitre,

Pamper Street,

2013,

24 × 36 in (60.96 × 91.44 cm)

3D lenticular print

Willy Le Maitre,

Tadpole Stage,

2013,

24 × 36 in (60.96 × 91.44 cm)

3D lenticular print

Willy Le Maitre,

Stoppages,

2013,

24 × 36 in (60.96 × 91.44 cm)

3D lenticular print

Willy Le Maitre,

Route Tracer,

2013,

24 × 36 in (60.96 × 91.44 cm)

Lenticular print

Willy Le Maitre,

Chiral Eyes (left and right with composite view),

2011,

3D-stereo projection installation

Willy Le Maitre,

Chiral Eyes (left and right with composite view),

2011,

3D-stereo projection installation

Willy Le Maitre,

Outlook Expressed frame (left and right views),

2011,

3D-stereo projection installation

Willy Le Maitre,

The Appearance Machine Installation Shot,

2011,

Autonomous system for media generation

Willy Le Maitre,

The Surrounds (frame),

2008–11,

Dimensions variable

3d-stereo projection installation

Exhibitions

Willy Le Maitre, title flight tiger compound returns, May 6 – Jun 5, 2016

Press

Rosemary Heather "Willy Le Maitre." Border Crossings 2016 95-96

Blake Gopnik "Willy Le Maitre, Cezanne's 3D Heir?." Artnet May 11, 2016

CV

b. 1965, Canada

Lives and works in Toronto, Canada

  • Selected Solo Exhibitions

    • 2016

      title flight tiger compound returns, Canada, New York, NY

    • 2011

      Chiral Eyes, EM Media, Calgary, Canada

    • 2009

      Edia, VIVO, Vancouver, Canada

    • 2001

      CANADA, New York, NY

    • 2000

      Interaccess Electronic Arts Gallery, Toronto, Canada

    • 1999

      The Kitchen, New York, NY

    • 1998

      Interaccess Electronic Arts Gallery, Toronto, Canada

      Gallery 101, Ottawa, Canada

    • 1996

      Strike Three Gallery, Peterborough, Canada

  • Selected Group Exhibitions

    • 2018

      Are We In Sync?, SVA Pfizer Building, Brooklyn, NY

    • 2017

      Feedback #1, Marshall Mcluhan and the Arts, Westdenhaag, The Netherlands

      All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, Hannah Maclure Centre, Dundee, Scotland

    • 2016

      TIFF Cinematheque, Toronto, Canada

      Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

    • 2015

      Frieze London, Canada, London, United Kingdom

      Dallas Art Fair, Canada, Dallas, TX

    • 2014

      The Weird Show, Canada, New York, NY

      Idea Gallery, Ontario Science Center, Ontario, Canada

      Occam’s Razor, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, Canada

    • 2013

      Nada Art Fair, Canada, Miami, FL

      Land/Slide, Possible Futures, Markham Museum, Markham, Canada

      TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto International Stereo Conference, Toronto, Canada

      Pleasure Dome, New Toronto International Stereo Conference, Toronto, Canada

      Art Cologne, Canada, Cologne, Germany

      Dallas Art Fair, Canada Dallas, TX