Neo-Expressionism | b.1970
The intensely expressive artwork of French-Canadian artist Michel T. Desroches arises from the artist’s desire to communicate and represent that which has no physical form. While Desroches’ paintings are often visibly offaces, they are not portraits of people but rather visages of hopes, dreams, emotions and other ephemeral concepts.
Desroches’ desire to portray intense emotions originated largely from his work as an Art Therapist with people suffering from mental and emotional illness. In their faces, he often saw a rapid cacophony of intense naked emotion — both simple and complex – as well as the simultaneous dichotomy of suffering and strength exposed in their countenances.
Though Desroches’ style originates in Art Brut and is heavily influenced by both Symbolism and Fauvism, it is entirely unique, defying simplistic categorization. This is very much by design as the artist seeks to challenge artistic and stylistic norms in his work.
Michel Desroches began his artistic career as a self-taught artist, later pursuing a degree at the University of Quebec at Montreal. Desroches art collections have been exhibited in several museumsworldwide including the Yellowstone Museum of Art, Montana; and in December 2017 he presented his work at the Louvre in Paris, France as part of the prestigious Salon des Beaux-Arts.