1- Anything, 36"x36" oil on canvas
2- In Plain Sight, 30"x24" oil on canvas
3- Untitled, 30"x24" acrylic and pastel on canvas
4- Unreal, 24"x24" acrylic on canvas
More examples of my work can be seen on my website: www.maximecp.com
My name is Maxime Cousineau-Pérusse and I am a figurative expressionist artist based in Montreal, Canada.
I am currently pursuing doctoral studies in developmental psychology at McGill University, which strongly influences my artwork. Art relates to my studies in psychology both in that it provides me with a therapeutic process, and it allows me to translate my research of the human psyche into visual form. As a self-taught artist, I have painted and drawn for as long as I can remember.
The principal concept that I wish to explore is the multiplicity of individual identity. My latest body of work focuses more specifically on the space that sexuality and masculinity occupy in constructing individual identity. The large social emphasis and disproportionate salience of gender and sexuality can often overshadow other elements of identity that may be much more meaningful and relevant in defining individuality. Through my use of color and composition, I attempt to depict emotional realities that are irrespective of traditional ideas of masculinity.