Lawrence Cormier

Penticton, British Columbia

Lawrence Cormier

Featured Sculpture

Lawrence Cormier – Romeo (mild steel)

One of the pleasures of Lawrence Cormier's sculptures is the amount of life they exude. It speaks to his inherent enthusiasm, passion and talent to breathe emotion, feelings and attitude into the steel he works with. The six and a half foot Romeo has a ton of the latter.

Cormier is primarily self-taught and his chosen subject this year is reflective of his Prairie upbringing to an extent. Romeo is a superbly sculpted, and supremely confident, rooster flaunting his persona with shameless pride and an air of invincibility that almost borders on arrogance.

Romeo knows he is the top bird in the barnyard avian world and his strut proves it. Cormier captures that certainty exquisitely via the extended claws and the raised leg. A gaudy plume of tail feathers, the sheen and elegance of his comb and wattles – all of this is expressively portrayed in glorious worked steel to emphasize his attitude and self-perceived regal bearing. As the nameplate says, he is truly the cock of the walk.

The feather replication is done exactingly and with great care by Cormier. Each draped strand is true, cascading in shaded colours that highlight the vibrancy and King of the hens animalism of Romeo. He is a proud, noble being encapsulated by Cormier's skilled fabrication and styling. The final offering is a dynamic figurative sculpture that exudes the attitude Cormier desires, and always manages to attain.

Think back to Harold– his entry last year of an older cyclist pausing at rest – and it is apparent Cormier has again personified the being of his subject. One is human, the other animal but how they are is unerringly conveyed to the viewer.

This attests to his skill with the varying lengths, widths and types (rod, flat and sheet) mild steel he uses. Processes include MIG welding, plasma cutting, torch heating, grinding & cold forming.

It also helps that he shares his Penticton home and studio with his artist wife Kena. Collectively they share ideas, suggestions and creative support while working in different mediums. Their art enlivens and fills the house/studio and the surrounding yard. Cormier's works are also on display at a local winery, in a New Westminster gallery and in private collections across Canada, the United States and the Bahamas.

"Even though I came late to steel as a medium, I knew it was right for me," he says. "The transformation of a cold, foreboding element into something figuratively expressive and warm is so rewarding. For me, the process – and hopefully, capturing the emotion – is the pleasure. It's nice to sell pieces, but public exhibitions like Sculpturewalk are even better because you're sharing your vision/creation with the larger public," he smiles disarmingly. "That's the best of both – exposure to lots of people and a possible sale/lease."

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