Vladimir Horik was born in 1939, in Alberta, into a family of Ukrainian origin. An accomplished artist, he explores in a very personal way the many secrets hidden in the Charlevoix region, his adopted land since the 1960s. of fiery paintbrush.
Vladimir Horik - The alchemist of colors
His date and place of birth
Born into a family of Ukrainian descent, Vladimir Horik was born on February 14, 1939 in Edmonton, Alberta. Raised in Western Canada, he kept this love of the forest and the land.
His education, his career
At 17, driven by a taste for adventure and travel, Vladimir enlisted in the army. For nine years, as a paratrooper and communications specialist, he had the opportunity to live in several Canadian provinces. In the early 1960s, he chose to settle in Quebec and left military life to undertake academic studies in art. He obtained his diploma from the École des beaux-arts de Québec and a teaching certificate in plastic arts from Laval University.
Since 1971, Horik has been living in the Charlevoix hinterland, a grandiose space that he has made his own to find peace and draw inspiration from there. In his studio, invaded by light and opening wide on the valley and the mountain, Vladimir delivers his Charlevoix while peacefully smoking his pipe, surrounded by a crowd of evocative objects, colors and brushes. A mature painter, the artist has enjoyed success for several years across Canada and in Europe.
His work, his art
Vladimir Horik explores his universe of luminosity in such a personal way that one recognizes at first glance his generous brushstrokes as well as his marked contrasts. Vladimir throws on his canvases dazzling colors and powerful gradients borrowed from the ends of the day. His landscapes literally burst into flames under the blazes of light barely appeased by the first snowfall. His fiery brushwork invents skies that you have to have seen on the spot to believe it!
The development of space is one of the essential features of Horik's work. A perspective from above or from below creates a feeling of expanse in his paintings, a space that becomes the very breath of his landscapes. Nor does Horik hesitate to recreate landscapes by juggling his memories or to recompose them by juxtaposing certain elements that nature and man had never dreamed of uniting. Equipment slung over his shoulder, he goes in search of fabulous images that feed his creative spirit. Exploring the interior of the land as much as the coast, he is not afraid to move away from the beaten track and to unearth beauty where it takes refuge, often sheltered from insensitive eyes.
Vladimir Horik is an accomplished artist, often mentioned as one of the most talented and influential of his generation.
Vladimir Horik is pictured by the Art Gallery Au P'tit Bonheur since 1986.
Two pillars of the Au P'tit Bonheur Art Gallery, the painters Vladimir Horik and Rémi Clark .