Jean Paul Langlois

Title: The Tramplers

Artist: Jean-Paul Langlois - Cree/Métis

Curated by: Pennylane Shen

Event: Vancouver Mural Festival

Year: 2018

Details: Jean-Paul is a Métis artist from Vancouver Island, currently painting in East Vancouver. His work is informed by television and cinema, particularly Westerns, 70s sci-fi and Saturday morning cartoons. Using ultra-saturated colours, references to art history and well-worn cinema tropes, he seeks to understand the alienation to his own cultural backgrounds, both indigenous and settler. His work is an examination of his own life, through the reinterpretation of family stories using characters and motifs from the pop culture he was weaned on. The result is a very recognizable style of familiar figures in their own world of bright colours and flattened space.

This mural (Langlois’ first) was adapted from a series of paintings titled “Old West.” This series is a tribute to the artist’s love of the western genre, specifically Spaghetti Westerns. Themes of violence, revenge, racism, good versus evil, the story of colonization itself. Increasingly distorted and abstracted, The artist is often seeking to boil western iconography to its most basic elements.

This mural was partially painted with help of youth from the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House.

Youth from Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House who helped to paint part of this mural

Youth from Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House who helped to paint part of this mural


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