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Artefacts of Los Angeles: The Art Portfolio of Michel Bourquard

A photo of the top of the world after sunsetthe top of the world after sunset

Michel Bourquard is a Los Angeles-based artist and photographer. In his practice, Michel produces works that distort reality in wild and interesting ways. The artist’s range of photographic subjects includes portraits, landscapes, and specific artefacts of Los Angeles


A digitally edited photo of the Hollywood signHollywood by the sea

 

I like the way that Michel brings digital manipulation techniques into his practice -- he has a knack for creating layers of highly digital colours, reminiscent of works by Adam Mayster, or digital artists like Melissa Ann Lambert. There are bright, electric greens and blues, and purples that seem like they could only appear on a computer screen. The artist’s juxtaposition of these colours with landscapes, cars, and the faces of celebrities creates an almost dreamlike aesthetic that somehow seems perfectly suited for a los angeles viewpoint. 


The front page of Michel Bourquard's art websiteThe front page of Michel's art website

 

Michel’s black-and-white portraits mainly concern celebrities, and the artist does an interesting job of emphasizing his central subject, sometimes working in black and white, or deliberately blurring his background to bring the viewer’s eye firmly to centre stage.


A photo of Gwen StefaniGwen Stefani


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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