CARMEN – 30” X 48” – Acrylic et mixte media on canvas.

This painting will be auctioned at the annual benefit gala of the Orchestre Classique de Montréal from June 8th to June 22nd. This year, the OCM honours the great Sharon Azrieli, renowned soprano, philanthropist and chair emeritus of the OCM board council.  In order to honour Mrs Azrieli, I found appropriate to create my version of the character CARMEN from the popular opera of the same name.

This performance, composed by Georges Bizet, tells the story of a young bohemian from Séville, Spain who seduces the sergeant Don José.  By charming him, she avoids going to prison.

Embedded within the layers of paint, you’ll discover the musical scores as well as the lyrics of the song “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle”, a map of the city of Seville (Spain) and other texts linked to this iconic musical composition.  Please note the colours of the Spanish flag displayed on her left cheek as well as other important details that I challenge you to identify.

I would like to thank the General Director of the OCM, Taras Kulish for trusting me in the creation of this work.  May this piece make you smile at every glance and remind you your best and most memorable moments lived in theatre venues.

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