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Abstract Expressionists We Love: Laurent Dorchin

on February 26, 2024

Laurent Dorchin 

The term "art brut" or outsider art (coined by artist/writer Jean Dubuffet) describes the raw and unfiltered creations of artists without formal training. Inspired by the unbridled creativity of psychiatric patients, Dubuffet celebrated the uninhibited expression of isolated creators. Following in this tradition, self-taught French artist Laurent Dorchin embraces spontaneity and joy in his work.

Contemporary abstract expressionist artist laurent dorchin

When Laurent was 17, he fell in love with the expressionist art of French painter Ramon Grimalt whose paintings showcase a mix of eroticism, aggression, pain, irony, and happiness. Inspired by Grimalt, Laurent creates on wood and canvas, reflecting his impulsive gestures and instinct for creation. His vibrant forms and colors, born from intuitive and sensitive gestures, include glimpses into the his uninhibited imagination.

I'm particularly attracted to the simplicity in some of Laurent's compositions. They're vibrant but the energy is balance by the space in compositions. 

Contemporary abstract expressionist artist laurent dorchin

Check out Laurent Dorchin's art on Instagram:


Pete Stein
Founder, Galerie Stein

Galerie Stein will be presenting several contemporary Abstract Expressionist artists both virtually at and in our gallery in Montreal in 2024.
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