Working in acrylic and collage, Canadian painter Côté creates works filled with exhilarating color. In fact, every element found in Côté’s images is filled with an energy that is hard to overstate. In his soaring lines, his packed compositions, his depiction of dramatic moments, and not least his powerful deployment of symbolism and multiple meanings, the artist uses every tool he can to produce a narrative of motion and mystery. Côté paints people, animals, and even familiar objects compressing and expanding and floating in space. Magic and the logic of dreams infuse the images. In a virtuoso display of color technique, Côté constructs his work like perfectly balanced quilts of texture. His palette is loosely realistic, but with enriched brightness and heightened contrasts. A shadow on a shirt can become a tangible field of peaks and valleys. Light and dark are distributed throughout each canvas like shards of illumination, each adding new direction.
Born Paul-André Côté in Pont-Rouge, Québec, Côté currently lives in Montréal. In addition to painting, he has worked in dry pastel and furniture design.