For several years, Besner devoted himself exclusively to painting in his search for an aesthetic to represent his vision of the world. His paintings, colorful and moving, are inspired by his studies in architecture, his thinking in painting and his encounters along the streets of Montreal. His paintings testify to an insistent and playful look at the world around us. Deeply marked by the ravages of the bodies, by what the body imposes itself on seeing and reflecting, Besner creates characters who keep the traces of the past, which sometimes seem shadows of themselves, and who confront their destiny until the end. This fabulous fauna, inspired by certain characters of Otto Dix and Nicolas de Crécy, a cartoonist, among others, is moving gradually towards tomorrow, in the manner of the human being. Torn beings always eaten away by hope ...
Born in 1965 in North Lancaster, Ontario, Besner completed an Architecture Baccalaureate at the Université de Montréal in 1992. His architectural training, undertaken at Algonquin College in Ottawa a few years before the Baccalauréat, A reflection on the city and its components: its eminently human character, the tradition that must take account of any articulation of an urban plan and the elements necessary for its survival in a cultural environment. His involvement with the academic community has given him a critical perspective that allows him to define his vision of a human-centered environment, with a concern for the past, present and future. Above all, this training led him to discover his true passion, painting, and to consider his craft in order to transform his formal baggage into a pictorial aesthetic of figure and space, through the artist's eyes, either semi-realistic or semi-fictitious.
Besner uses, for the creation of his paintings, a mixed technique on canvas; he favors oil pastel for its colorful palette, as well as acrylic paint, structural mortar, china marker and aerosol paint. To these materials is added a technique of application with the fingers and the scratching of the canvas.
In 1996, Besner met Michael Mensi, from the artist-painters Mensi & Rioux, who offered to work with him. Since 2000, Benoit Beauchamp has also joined the team of Mensi & Rioux, as well as Steve Hamel. Thanks to this commitment, several events have taken place, including the event-exhibition, La démeure des coveted, on November 9, 2004, at the Center CDP Capital (1000 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle in Montréal) Two books of the artist: The disproportion of coveted. Dominic Besner (2000-2004) and Dominic Besner (1993-2000).
It would be difficult to count all his collaborations, but also include Besner's participation in the Art of Giving art event, which brought together new talent for fundraising for charities, organized by Saatchi Gallery at London (United Kingdom), in October 2010, his collaboration with a collective exhibition at the Museo de Las Artes of the Universidad de Guadalajara (Mexico), presented from 29 November 2003 to 30 January 2004, and Pierre Bündock and François Arsenault (with the participation of Cirque du Soleil in partnership with Mensi & Rioux) a short film - portrait of artist Besner and unveiling of a 92 foot by 7 foot fresco composed of painting and Stained glass, specially created for the head office of Cirque du Soleil - entitled Mechanics of Cities, presented at the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) in March 2008.
The exhibition The Disgust of the Coveted (2004), as the title indicates, featured objects larger than life - faces of men and beasts, animals, women and even the city, mother producer of these characters in color - by the disproportionate form of the paintings, of course, but also by the metaphorical character of the treatment of the characters. Besner does not try to reproduce a real world; His faces go beyond the figurative to suggest the juxtaposition of several imaginary planes, which are integral parts of the represented person, even when the person has only one face to speak. And, Mora (both woman, mother and death) was created in 2010-2011 around the incantatory urban tale of the same title written by D. Besner. The exhibition consisted of 36 monumental works by the painter-a haunting picture of an indefinite time-and the event brought together distinguished interpreters from various disciplines who, in their singular way, embodied the different facets of the tale. There were represented singing and music, dance, gymnastics, martial art and video. Artists and guests were invited to the dream world of Besner and participated in the enchantment that swept over the crowd like a wave multiplied. Once upon a time ... on a beautiful autumn evening, a sovereign voice carried by Diane Dufresne, dressed by Minuit La Mère, who watched and was hypnotized ...
In November 2010, the solo exhibition Hundred Words presented 30 cyclopean paintings, born of 100 words ("sans mot") chosen by the artist to explore the harmonies / dissonances of language and images. Thus was also highlighted the privileged relation that D. Besner maintains with the two. He first participated in the Western China International Biennial Art Exhibition in Yinchuan, China, in September 2010, and at the prestigious World Shanghai from May 1 to October 31 of the same year.
Besner returned to China in November 2013 to present an individual exhibition entitled Immortalis at the Suzhou Museum. At the same time, the impressive exhibition Humani Ex Machina was held on the North American continent at the Thompson Landry Gallery in Toronto, where 25 recent works by Besner were unveiled.
For several years Besner has also been interested in writing, stained glass, engraving and sculpture. His tiny, though cozy workshop in the Plateau-Mont-Royal has recently been traded for a nice airy space in an industrial district of Montreal. Thus ends the obligatory face to face with the object of study due to a restricted surface of creation; Its carnal and immaterial gradually tame the new landscape that will have to be marked out. Fortunately for D. Besner, renewal is part of his modus vivendi.