Visual Artist, b. 1970, Canada
Craig Le Blanc’s art practice exhibits a long-standing interest in the relationship between the archetypal male, bravado, ego, loss and façade. In 1996 he began an extended focus on masculinity, work that questioned the burden of social constructs and perception upon gender and identity. In 2016 Le Blanc redirected his course toward personal narratives and confession with the celebrated exhibition She Loves Me. He Loves Me Not.
Known for his craftsmanship and execution, Le Blanc employs many mediums in the search for the appropriate creative solution, utilizing an array of materials and digital technologies. He has worked within design education (Industrial Design, Visual Communication Design, Architecture) for two decades, exposing him to procedures and methodologies that forever influence his visual arts practice.
In the mid-nineties Le Blanc studied painting at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, NS until a transformative period at L’Ecole Nationale Superiere des Beaux Arts in Paris. This time, aligned with international students and the direct influence of Vincent Barre, Annette Messager and Christian Boltanski, altered Le Blanc’s perspective toward art making leading him to generating objects and installations wrapped in concept and gender. Le Blanc later received a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts/Computational Media Design from the University of Calgary.
Craig Le Blanc operates as The White Studio, an inclusive design studio focused on design for public and private art commissions, graphic and object design. He has found success in the public art realm, creating three large scale pieces from 2010-2016, one of which (Henri 2010) won an Americans for the Arts/Public Art Network Year in Review award for 2011.
He has works in several private, corporate and municipal collections. Craig Le Blanc lives and works in Edmonton, Alberta.