Vincent Arnold (1986) grew up in Sherbrooke, Canada where he still lives and works. With qualifications in graphic design from University du Québec à Montréal, the artist demonstrates a penchant for figurative work where he harnesses characters eliciting unintentional self-portraits, reflecting perceptions influenced by social media.
Underpinning the artist’s work is the belief that the post-digital era transformed the process of social categorization, that the identity data collected through social media is often shifty, limited, and inaccurate. With the aim of triggering similar mechanisms and overturns for the viewer, subjects in Arnold’s work personify satires that serve this identity paradox. They are caricatures of complex individual human beings, avatars stemming from a social media cobweb that falsely yield their real identity. Although these themes critique social media platforms and individual interactions with them, these figures are meant to represent a subjective, humorous, and hence cynical viewpoint pertaining to privileged, cisgender, heterosexual white men. Arnold intentionally reveals his subjects as vulnerable and sensitive to the world around them, countering the “tide of toxic masculinity” pervasive in the media.
The artist states, “My work examines differences between real identity and the online avatar that represents the user, I communicate this through the depiction of everyday scenes that are familiar in today’s context, and a saturated colour palette to emulate the pixilation of a screen. Some elements are hyper realistic, while others remain strictly schematized and geometric, reminiscent of avatars. These are distinguished with apparent brushstrokes and cut marks teamed with an airbrush to depict the texture of a flat screen surface and program imagery such as Microsoft Paint and Photoshop.
In totality my work offers a perspective where certain elements from popular culture are painted with emphasis on aesthetics, pointing to the social importance of objects and commodities, and how our consumption greatly defines the image that we project.”
Arnold’s work has been shown at the Bellevue Art Museum, Washington, at 0.0.la, Los-Angeles and WIP Gallery, Montreal. He has also created murals for several clients including Cossette Communication, Sid Lee, SDC Les Quartiers du Canal and the city of Sherbrooke.
2009 – 2012 Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), Montreal
2006-2009 Technique in Graphic, Cégep de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke.
2004-2006 DEC in Fine Arts, Champlain Regional College, Lennoxville.
2020 Hot Paper Online Exhibition, Got It For Cheap, 0.0-LA, Los-Angeles, USA.
2020 Intersection Exhibition, Community Centre and cultural Françoise-Dunn, Sherbrooke, CA.
2019 While Supplies Last, Bellevue Art Museum, Washington, USA.
2019 Museum of Love, Los-Angeles, USA.
2019 Galerie WIP, First Anniversary, Montreal, CA.
2018 Intersection Exhibition, Community Centre and cultural Françoise-Dunn, Sherbrooke, CA.
2017 Got It For Cheap Exhibition, 0.0-LA, Los-Angeles, USA.
2017 Grand Project Secret, Canadian Bacon, Quebec, CA.
2017 Intersection Exhibition, Community Centre and cultural Françoise-Dunn, Sherbrooke, CA.
2016 Artflip 02: Le Glitch Artistique, Fresh Paint, Montreal, CA.
2016 BBB launch: The Collection, Sino Shop, Montreal, CA.
2016 Out for Fame, Center Culturel du Mont-Dore, New Caledonia, FR.
2015 MTL Zoo 3rd edition, Galerie de l’Agora du CVM, Montreal, CA.
2015 Opinel series, Art By Friends, Annecy, FR.
2015 Festival Amalgam” , temporary gallery, Sherbrooke, CA.
2014 ‘Arnold & Scribe CSX’, Fresh Paint, Montreal, CA.
PUBLIC ART & MURALS
2020 Cossette Communication, Montréal, Québec, CA.
2018 Festival de Rue de Lennoxville, Sherbrooke, CA.
2018 Bouffe Ton Centro, Sherbrooke, CA.
2017 SDC Les Quartier du Canal, CA.
2018 Mtl en Arts, Montreal, CA.
2017 Mtl en Arts, Montreal, CA.
2017 Hydro Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, CA.
2016 Partage Saint-François, Sherbrooke, CA.
2016 City of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, CA.
2015 Commission Scolaire de la Région-de-Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, CA.
2014 Symposium Art Mural Sherbrooke, Festival des Traditions du Monde
2014 Les Foufounes Électriques, Under Pressure festival, Montreal, CA.
2014 Du Triolet High School (Pavillion2), Sherbrooke, CA.
2012 – 2013 Zoo de Granby (Amusement Park), Granby, CA.
2013 De La Montée High School (Le Ber pavilion), Sherbrooke, CA.
2018 Sid Lee, Montreal, CA.
2017 Les Grands Bois, La Comission Brassicole, Saint-Casimir, CA.
2016 Romeo’s Gin, OMG Burger, Sherbrooke, CA.
2016 World Biomaterials Congress, Palais des Montreal Congress.
2015 Sonic Island, Parc Jean-Drapeau.
2014 Urbania, Tohu, 10th Anniversary.
2014 Symposium Art Mural Sherbrooke, Festival des Traditions du Monde.
2014 Group ABP, Tohu, 25th Anniversary.