About the Artist

David and Lana in the Bugaboos

David and Lana in the Bugaboos

Trees and rocks, water and sky, mountains and snow, these elements, combined with distinctive painting methods and an audacious style, have characterized the paintings of this well known artist.

David Langevin’s dramatic renditions of the Canadian wilderness and his bold ‘tree portraits’ have become almost as familiar as the subject they depict. His art is represented in galleries across the country and has inspired many nature lovers, artists, and of course, collectors. Moreover, his striking use of light and unique painting methods have creating a captivating vision of this country’s landscape that has even influenced the way many art lovers and collectors of his work view those same subjects; a hike in the forest or the mountains is never the same for those who have come to know Langevin’s imagery.

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Langevin seems unrestrained by any limitations to his artistic expression. Whether the source of his inspiration is landscapes, “treescapes,” or the human form, they all carry the signature of his rare talent and vision.


David Langevin is a modern        day Old Master – an impeccable  craftsman, an innate talent.  “When I looked at the paintings  of the Old Masters I saw in their  work something that I did not  see in modern art. Nothing in  my education or experience as a  painter could help me  understand how they achieved the effects that they did. I wanted that. I wanted to know I could achieve any effect that I could imagine. I wanted complete expressive freedom…”

After finishing his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Ottawa, David spent several years perfecting his painting skills. He pored over old texts, treatises, and manuscripts stored in the backrooms of art restoration departments and libraries reserved for conservationists. David obtained a Masters in Art Education degree from McGill University, specializing in methods and materials for the painter.

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Since 1992, he has been living in British Columbia where he finds an endless supply of inspiration for his art. David gives lectures, writes a regular technical column for painters, consults, and conducts workshops on painting materials and techniques. His paintings are sold in galleries across Canada.

About the Paintings


David’s painting style is somewhat unique. He uses an elaborate system of layers of transparent and translucent paint, called glazes and veils, as well as a variety of texture effects that create dramatic images of his subjects. Having studied the painting methods of his favourite historical painters like Da Vinci, Correggio, Titian, Caravaggio, Ruebens, and Rembrandt, to name a few, he has developed a system of painting that is part Renaissance, part Canadian.

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The  transparent layers of paint draw the      viewer into the painting and the textures  create an enticing tactile quality. Many of the  paintings are executed in acrylics that allow  for more textured and collage effects, and a  faster drying time. Still, Langevin continues to  paint in oils which have a rich and more  intense color quality.

All of David’s paintings  are created with permanent materials and techniques and will last for centuries under  normal conditions. Do not hang paintings in  direct sunlight or in rooms with high humidity  or dramatically fluctuating temperatures.

The Painter's Hand Photo : Iva Haskova

The Painter’s Hand Photo : Iva Haskova