ARTIST: DYLAN THIBERT

New works contributed by artist Dylan Thibert – November 2016

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‘Acid Swan’ / 2013
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‘Dissonance’ / 2013
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‘Master’ / 2013

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Artist Statement

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Dylan Gerard Thibert is a Canadian Artist working and living in Toronto, Ontario. He paints conceptual art and iconography using acrylic paint, water colour, and pen and ink. His work incorporates mixed media including photography, metallics, textiles and clay, and occasionally resulting in multi-media performance pieces.

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‘Break My Soul’ / 2015

As a teenager he studied water colour under the guidance of artist Lorraine Thayer of Bobcaygeon, Ontario, however he is primarily a self taught artist.

Dylan attended the University of Toronto in 2014 and 2015; he participated in a Group Art Show at the Ben Navaee Gallery where he presented five original paintings, and the following winter debuted an additional three paintings.

During the Spring of 2016, the biannual edition of Broke Magazine featured a 2013 work by Dylan, in addition to a poem he’d written the previous summer.

Dylan was featured in the Undergound. Graffiti. Punk Art Magazine, Carpazine. This spread, headlined by an artist’s statement, included five of Dylan’s paintings captioned by his own descriptions.

Dylan is currently accepting commissions, reprint requests, and inquiries about unsold work. He is grateful for the opportunity to be included in the Balaclava Q project, and is looking forward to contributing further.

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Thibert’s submission is particularly interesting, in that, he has contributed works which clearly show a face, which – at first sight – contradicts and ignores Balaclava.Q‘s adopted mechanism of “obscuring the face”. Thibert’s justification is apt and intriguing and I would suggest we embrace this approach and concept as this is yet another example of an artist re-shaping and re-directing Balaclava.Q. Below you can read this artists’ reasoning behind his submission.

– Balaclava.Q / 2016

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Thibert says: “In regards to the portraits; both paintings feature the concept of the “muse”. I don’t identify the subjects, though I will disclose to you my relationship with them had been sexual in nature. It’s an exploration of what it is to be a man, and the facial features that represent masculinity. Also, narcissism in same sex relationships. Although the faces aren’t obscured, both depict the face as a mask. I painted Five Years as white as possible in an attempt to capture the Kabuki style work by performers to further elaborate on a theme of deception of the face. The tears of blood in There’s No Eyes In Your Head coming from the hollow eye sockets is a kind of performance such as the Greek theatre masks for comedy and tragedy. It also represents blindness to reason and love. An image of someones face can be obscured without being visually obvious. The face, as seen in selfies, can be used to charm, manipulate, and assault. Much of what we impose unto someones face can be a lie. We tell stories with our faces, we show our history.

– Dylan Thibert / 2016

 

 

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“Episkopon”
Acrylic, Pen & Ink
2016
9 x 12″ Water colour paper
*Originally Painted for Balaclava Q*
– Sexual rebellion, secret societies and institutional abuse in fraternities through comical illustration.

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“there’s no eyes in your head”
Acrylic, Pen & Ink
2015
12 x 16″ Canvas
– Portrait. Identity Unknown.

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“Five Years”
Acrylic
2015
16 x 20″ Canvas
– Portrait. Identity Unknown.

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“Personal Velocity”
Acrylic
2015
16 x 20″ Canvas
– Visualizing the challenges of academia, enlightenment, and sexual repression.

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“Exile and Pride”
Acrylic, Pen & Ink
2016
9 x 12″ Water colour paper
*Originally Painted for Balaclava Q*
-Criminality, murder, and homeless LGBT youth.

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Thibert has kindly provided links to his various social media platforms and galleries:

My Facebook Art Page is: Dylan Gerard Thibert / @dylangerardthibert

My Instagram is: Dylan Gerard Thibert (Instagram)

My Twitter is: Dylan Gerard Thibert / @thibertart

And my regular Facebook: Dylan Thibert / facebook.com/real.dylan.thibert

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All images were supplied by the artist.

Please ask the artist before using any of the images.

Thank you.

4 thoughts on “ARTIST: DYLAN THIBERT

  1. Interesting work, Dylan! Your branching swastika on the ski mask of “Exile and Pride” is a great twist on the traditional image. I learned recently that the swastika had its origins in pysanchy Easter egg designs as a positive symbol which was later perverted by Hitler as a symbol of the Third Reich. My “take-away” from this new branching swastika design symbolizes the continued threat of divisiveness, intolerance and hatred we are currently experiencing in America which is rooted in social injustice.

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    1. Rob Moler, so glad to read your comment on my work! Turning the Balaclava image inside out is something that’s really interesting to explore. I do enjoy employing my iconography skills to illustrate complicated messages, and the more I learn, as you said about the history of say the swastika, I am better able to articulate myself as an artist. “Exile and Pride” is an interesting piece for Balaclava Q. at this time because there is so much hatred and divisiveness in the world. This image is of a social justice warrior, a comic book type hero for LGBT homeless youth.

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