Jean Labourdette (aka Turf One) was raised in Paris and now works in Montreal. His realist painting – primarily portraits of men and birds – takes surrealist twist thanks to an interest in circus themes and curiosity cabinets. Labourdette’s skull portraits question death as life’s terminus and he takes certain liberties revisiting the traditional composition of religious icons. The work is at once easy to grasp and difficult to digest.

Arrested Motion just posted some images of the work, accounting for my own notes. The exhibited is on view through the end of the week (January 8, 2011). Worth checking if opportunity knocks.

Jonathan LeVine Gallery
529 West 20th Street, 9th floor
New York, NY 10011

More images of Turf One’s painting and curiosity cabinets after the jump.

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