Self-taught artist Rock Therrien obeys to an inner strength to paint and constantly push the limits of his production. His practice takes root in an exploratory methodology and captures fragments inspired by his own imagination. Passionate about visual arts and mixed media, Rock Therrien develops a new aesthetic, anchored in the world of comics.
Rock Therrien draws his ideas from everyday life, music, and memories of his childhood. As he seeks to capture the viewer's attention through the subject of his work and his palette of colours, his explosively vibrant works are always lined with a touch of humour. His latest production focuses on universal icons of cartoons. These timeless characters, known and loved by young and older people alike, provide a feeling of cheerfulness, inevitably reminding the viewer of his own childhood memories. A superposition of collages, repetitive patterns made with stencils and various writings adorn the background. The works of Rock Therrien have significant texture and depth that make the viewer smile with nostalgic humour. The artist likes to hint at the stages of construction of his compositions and his sketches.
Often illuminated with a colourful neon integrated into the work, his recent works are part of a pop and modern spirit. His works are presented as missives, inviting the viewer to decode them. Rock Therrien considers each of his paintings as carrying a story, an independent message. We are invited to approach his work in many ways, as he provides the viewer with a multitude of clues, to be discovered as we browse the canvas.
Born in 1970 in Armagh, Quebec, Rock Therrien is attracted to art from an early age. He trained himself to master visual arts, thanks to a true love for creation. His works are found today in several private and public collections around the world. He lives and works in the heart of the Laurentians region.