Marie-Claude Boucher is a Canadian painter. I have learned about her on the website of the very fine Ontario gallery, Crescent Hill.
Her strikingly distinct style won me over instantly. Her works are beautiful, powerful and warm.
But what is her style? The minimalist approach and the distorted proportions point towards art naive.
Her paintings are representing the reality as if distiled through the eyes of a child.
The simplified, intensified colors and rounded, oversized shapes may be representing the reality that we used to see and now have lost as we got older.
Her bold brush stroke makes me think Russian expressionism.
She has an interesting ability to reduce the level of details while at the same time maintaining the visual richness using a thick texture.
She has a soft spot for country side landscapes, red roof houses and picket fences.
And everything has this fairy tale look that I am not sure I can pinpoint.
Maybe it is because of the altered proportions as in the church tower reduced in height but normal in diameter.
Maybe it is because of the exaggerated dimensions as in the tree leaves as large as a house.
Marie-Claude Boucher was born in Quebec in 1973. Dedicated herself to painting soon after graduating university.
She does not have a website but she’s well represented in a number of galleries like Gallery 1080, Gallery 223 and Crescent Hill.
Here is a selection of her works.