Born in Montreal, Yves Tessier maintains studios in both New York City and Montreal, where he paints arresting and intimate small and medium scale works. Over the years, the artist has developed a unique pictorial language that explores a multitude of different scenarios and subjects. Tessier always transforms his sources of inspiration, whether they come from his surroundings, movies, newspaper clippings and more, into quiet but potently original scenes.
With wet, fluid strokes laid down over dry strokes, he works in casein paints on aground of marble dust gesso, applied to aluminum and wood panels. This technique lends an extra dimension of graphically elegant flatness to his compositions; his fields of colour simultaneously evoke our quotidian reality and a profoundly intimate perspective in equal measure. As a result, Tessier transforms the everyday world we live in with a freshness of seeing that radiates a genuinely visionary atmosphere, one which has both humorously troubling, and energetically cathartic effect.
Yves Tessier : INVISIBLE À L’ŒIL NU26 May - 16 Jul 2022McBride Contemporain is delighted to present INVISIBLE À L’ŒIL NU, a solo exhibition of paintings by Yves Tessier. Based in Montreal and New York, Tessier is a highly inventive artist who has developed a personal language in figuration, one that is both immediate and richly enjoyable, as well as intricately...
Yves Tessier: Acquisition by the Montreal Contemporary Art MuseumFebruary 6, 2024McBride Contemporain is proud to announce that the artwork Girls on Campus (2012) by Yves Tessier has been acquired by the Musée d'art contemporain de...
Yves Tessier: Featured on Platform, a David Zwirner InitiativeJuly 8, 2022Created by David Zwirner during the pandemic, Platform highlights a curated selection of contemporary artworks every month. After his successful first participation on Platform in 2021, Yves Tessier has recently been invited back, to partake in Platform's first-anniversary presentation, which highlights 13 of the most sought-after artists exhibited over the past year.
Art of Choice: Yves Tessier tackles antiquity in modernismMarch 13, 2020Led by Emma Grayson and published on Art Of Choice, see the link below for an interview with Yves Tessier on his artistic practice. Read...