The work of art by Canadian artist Robert L’Heureux gives birth to the craftsmanship of stained glass in Europe cathe
By seeing the glassware of the artist Robert L’Heureux, you will relearn everything you know about glass as a material. This supposedly fragile material appears to be a rocky object that can be shaped into anything when handled by the artist. Revive the century-old art of glass or Vitrail as it is called in the West; Robert’s work will be part of an upcoming exhibition entitled Glasswork exhibition by Happy Glass Studio at the Center d’Art gallery in Auroville. Famous in the Middle Ages for bringing beauty to the great cathedrals and churches of Europe, the exhibition promises to be at the intersection of traditional techniques and new ways of expressing art.
“It’s my way of expressing myself and it takes many years to conceptualize and shape glass into an art,” explains Robert, who made Auroville his home nine years ago. Originally from Montreal, Canada, Robert began his apprenticeship in stained glass in the late 1970s – “at a time of turmoil when people were looking for new ways of living and expressing themselves.” It was only after coming to India to meet his friend in Pondicherry that he fell in love with the place and decided to stay there. “After my daughter turned 20, I thought I could take a break and settle down where the arts community was present and involved,” he says.
Although working with glass as an artistic medium involves physical and mental strain, high expense, and a high risk of failure, Robert says glass is unmatched in terms of creative potential. “It’s difficult and it shapes you as a person. I can’t express how enlightening the process is, but as a glass artist I can shape it into anything, however, it’s a process that takes years, ”explains the artist, whose major glass work is inspired by its surroundings and its surroundings depicting rectangles, nature and planets.
“For me, it’s not just a material but my expression. It’s my way of directing the storytelling and shaping the concepts. Getting to this stage also requires skills and an understanding of the medium, ”says Robert. And we couldn’t agree more when we see his studio full of glass imported from China, where he creates and teaches art and inspires those who want to deepen their artistic perspective. “I’m getting the material from China because I can’t get it from India within budget. I was in China before the border dispute between India and China began, ”says Robert.