An interview with artist Dominic Besner

The Gallery MX of Montreal present Canadian painter Dominic Besner‘s latest exhibit, “The Ivory Madonnas”, from November 8 th to November 19 th, 2017. A return to flamboyant artwork, to characters of sparkling whiteness, staged by the artist’s overflowing imagination. A tribute to his faithful elite, those important characters who inhabited his creations through the years. We wanted to give you the opportunity to know more about the painter! 

Who is Dominic Besner and what do you do?

Dominic Besner, painter and sculptor.

What’s your artistic background ?

I completed a bachelor’s degree in architecture, which lead me to painting.

What art do you most identify with?

Contemporary pictorial art.

What was the first thing you did today?

Had an nexpresso.

What are the main topics you deal with in your work?

Human nature.

What themes do you pursue?

Art lead me to explore the abyss of the unconscious.

What is your most meaningful moment of your carreer ?

In 2011, several teams, one of which from Mensi & Rioux and the collaboration of two experienced artistic directors, Guy Caron and Danielle de Bellefeuille, gave life to the Mora tale, that I have written 5 years ago. A spectacular performance where the extraordinary voice of Quebec and France, Diane Dufresne, gave life to Mora by her voice. Mora is a tale about the duality between the man and the beast.

What’s your favourite artwork and why?

The Egyptian pyramids are a masterpiece of which the creation remains mysterious, after more than 5000 years of history.

What does your current workplace look like?


I wouldn’t leave the house without…

My Iphone.

How has your practice change over time ?

By letting me work.

What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?

One day, in a large and dry field for the cattle in the outskirts of Ontario, I saw from a far, at age 7, a hot-air balloon lost through the clouds. I had imagined that it would never land and that it would travel journey around the earth, searching for something.

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

The hot-air balloon shook me at 7 years old and has inspired my artwork ever since. The passing of time, the transitory, winds, the sandglass of time and the fascination of imagining mysterious beings aboard that balloon.

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

Worked on a dairy farm, a chicken coop, in an architect firm, Molson O’Keefe, waiter, cook in a café.

Why art?

It allows me to express myself.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

It is Besner at its best.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Take nothing for granted.

What do you do in your spare time?

Everything that is unrelated to art.

What food, drink, song inspires you?

Pasta, beer and the song “Every day it’s like Sunday” from OMD.

Your Happy Place?

My workshop.

Your guilty pleasure?


What Instagram account you think everybody should follow ?

All tastes exist in nature. It isn’t my place to tell them what to look at.

What makes you happy?

Being positive towards life and the future.

What superpower would you have and why?

I would like to be able to see in the future for a few hours, to choose the winning lottery numbers. With the money won, I would build workshops for artists who are in need.

Name something you love, and why.

I love the smell of lilac, it bring me back to the farm. I love heat, burrowed memories, the innocence of childhood, cows, alfalfa, dogs and the forest.

Name something you don’t love, and why.

People who constantly complain but do nothing to make things better.

What is your dream project?

To be alone for a night in the Catacombs of Paris.

Name three of your favorite artists.

Jordi Bonet, Salvador Dali and the OMD group.

Favourite or most inspirational place.

All the industrial neighborhoods and cemeteries.

Professionally, what’s your goal?

To extract all I have in my head.

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