Catching up with LeBicar

LeBicar is a Montréal visual artist strongly influenced by the culture of skateboarding and music.Despite the use of different media (canvas, wood, metal, objects, etc.) and the variety of projects, we recognize each work of artist by his single pencil stroke. His visual signature stands out, among others, the use of black and white, which for him, expresses the duality, contrast, differences, which always and still inspires. Visit his website at https://lebicar.wordpress.com/

David -  Ça va?

Très bien! Merci hehe!

I first came across your work a few years ago while trolling vimeo for artists & the Montréal skate scene - I believe it was at P45 and you did a mural on a DIY hip. Did your murals evolve from walls to ramps, or was it a natural progression?

It all happened by itself. I was skating there and I made a lot of good friends within the P45 organization. I did my best to help whenever I can for every concrete pouring they did, even if it was just to bring the guys water and popsicles! So for me, it was more than natural to contribute in my own way, with my artwork, to this awesome project. The piece I did on the DIY hip was the biggest one I ever did at that moment. Since then, I had the chance to work on murals and stuff, but the DIY hip was my very first “big” piece. And each year, I keep on giving them a hand, for example by doing a t-shirt design for a fundraiser or adding new artworks at the park!

P45 - Montréal, Québec, Canada 

P45 - Montréal, Québec, Canada 

You had an exhibition “Transition” at the OTH (Off the Hook) gallery space this past summer. OTH is an interesting fusion of a downtown boutique, skate shop, exclusive Vans space, and they have an art gallery space. Can you tell us more about your work with them?

I approached OTH and Vans with my project and they were in instantly! This show was my own project and it was the first time that I had to create an exhibition having a certain space in mind. Of course, OTH gave me total liberty for my show so I did sculptures, projections, installations and painting on boards, surf and canvas. I was also allowed to paint on the walls and to appropriate myself in all the space. I was stoked (and them too) of the final result and the opening party was sick! hahaha

"Transition" Lebicar -  OTH Gallery - Montréal, Québec, Canada 

"Transition" Lebicar -  OTH Gallery - Montréal, Québec, Canada 

Favorite Montréal skater right now?

Oh shit! It’s hard. There is too many! I will go with JS Lapierre for his consistency, Alexis Lacroix for his creativity and my good friend Marco Pelletier for his style and his long arms hahaha! And I also have to mention the young tranny killer Philipe Dulude.

What are you listening to lately?

These days, I’m in a house-hip-hop mood. I’m listening a lot of Kaytranada’s new album and the last Mall Grab. I also love the BadBadNotGood collab with Ghostface and that jazzy hip-hop like MF DOOM or J Dilla’s beats. Of course, I will always love the good old Dipset’s classics!

Beyond skating, illustrating, and randomness that exists in self-employment, what is a typical day for LeBicar in Montréal?

First of all, I like to start my day with a good coffee at my friend’s coffee shop and I often have meetings in the morning, so it’s a good start! Between my activities or meetings or skate sesh, I try to walk as much as possible around the city. I get inspired a lot by this. By night, I often attend events (music shows, skate movie premiere, art exhibition, etc) as it’s important for me to support the local entrepreneurs or friends. And obviously, my perfect days are the ones including pizza, beer and friends! Cheers!

 

Thanks so much LeBicar! See you on November 18th for Plys With Purpose.